Thursday, 15 April 2010
How often do you actually read the terms and conditions while making an online purchase - or while signing up to a new network/forum/community? I mean, not just ticking the "I accept" button and think to yourself "duuuh...whatever..."? Well, we all know we should but for some magical reason of ignorance, we hardly ever do - unless we're a mega-geek or lawyer to be. Now here comes one recent example which clearly shows that we should consider reading terms and conditions a lot more, otherwise we could easily become victims of a major prank or creepy freak actions:
The UK game retailer gamestation.co.uk included a strange little paragraph into its terms and conditions,"you grant to US a non transferable option to claim now, and forever more, your immortal soul...if you a)do not believe you have an immortal soul, b)have already given it to another party, or c) do not wish to grant us such a licence, please click the link below to nullify this sub-clause and proceed with your transaction"
Well, what do you know... reportedly, this sub-clause was a prank and was added on April Fools' day - however I found the paragraph still online yesterday, April 16th 2010.
Gamestation.co.uk stated, that only 12% of all purchasers annulled the soul transfer and that the company according to that has approximately 7 500 souls in its possession. Btw. the 12% customers who did not transfer their souls were instantly rewarded with a 5£ voucher and the fact that they are not beholden to gamestation.co.uk until the end of days.
Gamestation however issued a statement saying that they will kindly return all souls to its righteous owners during the next days.
My opinion? FREAKS!!!