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Pimp This Bum Website Has Double Motive

Pimp This Bum Website Has Double Motive

A new website called pimpthisbum.com seeks to raise awareness about homelessness while generating publicity for the Internet marketing business that developed it. The site focuses on 37-year old Tim Edwards, a homeless man who used to be an office manager with a home and a car. Visitors to the site can learn about Tim and his life through a series of Web casts, and they can donate money, services, and goods to help him get back on his feet.

Edwards explains, "The whole idea of this project is to get people off the street." However, father and son team Kevin and Sean Dolan have a second motive for their homeless-focused project — to promote their budding business. They intended on launching a marketing campaign that promoted a mom-and-pop business, but Sean suggested they turn the project into something more valuable.

The website's controversial name is of course, intentionally memorable, and some homeless advocates are critical of the project, saying that Edwards is being exploited. What's your take: Is the marketing company in the right or in the wrong?

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Deidre Deidre 7 years
I don't consider them in the wrong at all. Sounds like a win/win for the parties involved. Why would it be a bad thing when capitalism and philanthropy can go hand in hand?
smaine07 smaine07 7 years
I think it is a great thing. A bit of an unorthodox way of going about it, but still good.
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
Weird.
michlny michlny 7 years
I'm pretty sure he'd be ok with being exploited if he ends up in a home with food because of it!
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
well i think that it's a new and unique way of doing things - and i don't know if i consider it exploiting the guy - just raising awareness or something like that. it's tough times right now -
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