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3-19-2007 @ 10:06PM
I'm all for creative blood drives, but could be seen as, well, extortion, of a very invasive nature. There's a reason you're not allowed to get paid for donating blood or organs: because it preys on people in desperate need of money. Of course this situation is not as dire as offering money for organ donation, but it's the same principle: holding a reward over someone's head in exchange for a blood 'donation'. There is something very wrong with, say, some 10-year-old kid being banned because his computer got hacked, and being told that he's only allowed to play again if he gives blood.I would like a bit of clarification here, though: what is their normal process for reinstating banned accounts? Is this the only way for reinstatement, or is it just a new shortcut? If you have the option of just waiting for the company to reinstate you through the normal channels, rather than donating blood, can the company proove that they will give just as much time and effort to processing the 'normal' requests as they did before? Or will you be penalized for not being a 'good citizen'?This article is a very benign situation in the grand scheme of things, but I don't like the idea that a money-making company can make this sort of request, even if it's for a good cause. Blood donation is a remarkable gift, to be given out of the goodness of your heart, but no one has the right to force you or even unfairly pressure you--it's a personal decision. If you're a person who would like to give blood anyway, and just needed a little extra incentive to get your rear in gear, this is a very cute and creative idea to save lives. The question is, when does a gentle push in the door become a shove? I don't know where that line is.
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