Posted Mar. 14, 2012 at 7:01 a.m.

Premium Lock Homless 'hotspot' stunt causes furor at tech conference

Published: 2012-03-14 07:01:07
Updated: 2012-03-14 07:01:07

Homeless recruited for stunt at SXSW event Melvin Hughes, a homeless man hired by BBH Labs to provide and promote a mobile 4G Wi-i service during SXSW, holds the T-shirt he was given by the marketing agency in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, March 13, 2012. Hughes said he was paid $20 for each six-hour shift over four days this past weekend and he may receive extra money if those who used the online 4G service made a donation.(AP Photo/Jack Plunkett)

BBH Labs gave 13 people from Austin's Front Steps Shelter mobile Wi-Fi devices and T-shirts that announced "I am a 4G Hotspot." The company paid them $20 up front and a minimum of $50 a day for about six hours work during the South By Southwest conference....

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