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6-30-2009 @ 12:12AM
If I crane my head back far enough, Ted, I might be able to see you atop your high horse there!There WAS no law against the selling of virtual items for real money. And yes, these people chose to work as gold farmers. Many gold farmers get free lodging, free meals, and on top of that they get paid. They work ridiculous hours and the quartering is horrible, but it's fairly clean and safe. AND IT WAS LEGAL.Are you in fear that your job is suddenly going to become illegal? I expect these people never thought it would be something they would be facing.Comparing these people to drug dealers and brothel workers is an insult. Compare them to telemarketers if you like. It wasn't an illegal job when they started doing this. It is becoming one, and that really sucks for them. What skills do these people have? Is the government going to spend money helping these people retrain? They lose lodging, income, food.Have you ever been homeless?I have. I've slept under overpasses and even have a scar from where someone stabbed me to steal my blanket.Have you ever had to eat out of a soup kitchen?I have. Do you know how hard that is, especially if you have food allergies?It's not pleasant. And I had marketable skills, and simply worked in an area where there was no work. I have two diplomas and a degree, for God's sake. I eventually HITCHHIKED across Canada to a place where I had a friend and could wash and clean myself up and borrow some money for new clothes, and got a job.As a telemarketer.You know what? IT SUCKED. But it fed me. It gave me a home. And right now, I feel sorry for those people in China who suddenly don't have one. I CAN FEEL SORROW for the person, no matter how much I dislike gold selling.This is a game.For them, it was their life.It isn't a crock, it's reality. These people in China are suffering just as much as anyone who's suddenly lost their job in the USA or Canada or elsewhere in the world due to the depressed economy.Grow a fuckin' heart. And you won't see me asking to 'pardon my prose' or my language, because I'm not going to try to lame-out excuse myself or my opinion.And my kudos to the author for seeing beyond the knee jerk "YAY NO MORE GOLD SELLERS FROM CHINA" benefit to the harsh reality people will be facing overseas.
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