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So let me get this, londers paid for the olympics, now they are asking londers to work for free but we stilol have to pay for the tickets, what a joke and a rip off. Just seems to me they are look ing for fools to work for free and make a select few rich.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-11299267

Assuming you weren't p1ssed when you wrote this (although the double "Londers" and the timestamp make me wonder):

There are two ways of looking at this.

The first is the way that most other host cities have viewed it: it's a chance to take part, get involved and have some fun in what is often a loss-making enterprise for all involved. Sure, there's no need for lots of volunteers, but perhaps the games will run more smoothly with a few locals helping out. Indeed, such was the public enthusiasm here in Sydney that this week, on the tenth anniversary of the games, many volunteers put their uniforms back on and headed along to see Cathy Freeman re-light the Olympic flame to celebrate being associated with such an event.

The second way of looking at it involves projecting your own shoddy values, flailing around and assuming that some group of illuminati or, worse, "banksters" will watch, masturbating into piles of Euros, as a group of grandmothers in dayglo tracksuits guide groups of bewildered tourists towards the toilets.

Hard to tell from what you wrote, but which camp are you in again?

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So let me get this, londers paid for the olympics, now they are asking londers to work for free but we stilol have to pay for the tickets, what a joke and a rip off. Just seems to me they are look ing for fools to work for free and make a select few rich.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-11299267

You sound quite mean-spirited. I am looking forward to doing it, if they will select me. And if they will cover some travel expenses.

Giving my spare time is my way of giving to charity, as I tend not to give money.

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You sound quite mean-spirited. I am looking forward to doing it, if they will select me. And if they will cover some travel expenses.

Giving my spare time is my way of giving to charity, as I tend not to give money.

I'd do it if I were there. It looks like fun and you can get quite close to things.

Despite all the Samaranchification of the Olympics, I'm a sucker for the track and field events.

Go for it NT!

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There are loads of people who really like the Olympics and this lets them get involved; plus as they're not being paid it means less taxpayers' money. So a good thing on both counts.

Couldn't give a monkeys about the Olympics myself, I take no notice except to see when the 100m final is on as that's the only bit I ever watch.

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It's a shame that the below did not volunteer too:-

Directors remuneration

Executive Directors:

Paul Deighton 2010 - £777,964 2009 - £453,440

Neil Wood (2) 2010 - £260,000 2009 - £260,000

Non-executive Directors:

Lord Coe (3) 2010 - £365,507 2009 - £ 357,000

etc....etc

source http://www.london2012.com/documents/locog-publications/locog-annual-report-2009-10.pdf

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If you want to support charity, don't volunteer for this bloated commercial enterprise that generates in excess of $1 billion... go work in a homeless shelter.

To paraphrase Harlan Ellison:

“I should do a freebie for the IOC? What is Jacques Rogge out with an eye patch and a tin cup on the street? ****** no! . . . I sell my soul, but at the highest rates. I don’t piss without being paid.”

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It's a shame that the below did not volunteer too:-

Directors remuneration

Executive Directors:

Paul Deighton 2010 - £777,964 2009 - £453,440

Neil Wood (2) 2010 - £260,000 2009 - £260,000

Non-executive Directors:

Lord Coe (3) 2010 - £365,507 2009 - £ 357,000

etc....etc

source http://www.london2012.com/documents/locog-publications/locog-annual-report-2009-10.pdf

My kids go to an athletics club very close to the Olympic site and very little money for training or equipment is passing down to grass roots. We pay £3 plus for just over an hour of group training and at their school (in a london borough) fund raising events are being held to buy hurdles, kit etc.

BTW there all some very deprived areas in this borough and I think its widely acknowledged that athletics has a beneficial impact on childrens young life. As a Londoner I will be contributing for the rest of my life to pay towards this event but have very little chance of securing tickets.

The man in the street shafted as usual......but as a volunteer you have the privilege of being there but probably not in site of the athletes, more likely the car park .

Thanks

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Someone I know volunteered for the Manchester games.

They got some "training", a ton of free stuff and I think travel expenses. Don't think they saw a lot of events though.

If you want some sports clothing it's probably worth considering ;)

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The Olympics should be entirely voluntary

I resent being roped into funding a glorified running and jumping session which is obviously being operated as a scam

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So let me get this, londers paid for the olympics, now they are asking londers to work for free but we stilol have to pay for the tickets, what a joke and a rip off. Just seems to me they are look ing for fools to work for free and make a select few rich

If you don't want to do it, don't volunteer

Lots of my friends are looking forward to joining in, purely for fun

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Whoa!!! in what fecking way did "Londoners" pay for this exactly?

They might be getting all the benefit, like the freeloading state subsidy junkies they are.

But they sure as hell are not paying for it!

An increase in council tax for the foreseeable future. For ordinary londoners there will be little or no benefit, unless you think that closing half the roads for public use is a good idea

Agreed the that the wealthier parts of the city (west end ) will probably enjoy a boost but east and north london unlikely imo. Very few local people are working on the site - it's a sham

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You sound quite mean-spirited. I am looking forward to doing it, if they will select me. And if they will cover some travel expenses.

Giving my spare time is my way of giving to charity, as I tend not to give money.

They won't. And if you come from another part of the country you also have to pay for your own accomodation. All this for an event worth billiions, that cost billions and is a marketing and commercial frenzy. Piss take IMO.

Do the volunteers not realise they will be working alongside other people doing exactly the same jobs - but being paid for it ?! laugh.gif

It is a scam. Head along to any chump agency and get your name down for any monkey roles during the Olympics instead. Then you will still be helping out, will get experience of the games, may get some nice freebies and into some events for free - and actually get paid for it.

You would have to be a lunatic or a millionaire to volunteer for this.

Edited by ccc

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There are loads of people who really like the Olympics and this lets them get involved; plus as they're not being paid it means less taxpayers' money. So a good thing on both counts.

Couldn't give a monkeys about the Olympics myself, I take no notice except to see when the 100m final is on as that's the only bit I ever watch.

Exactly, lots of people like the Olympics, and having actually competed in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics myself I would be very interested in volunteering.

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If you don't want to do it, don't volunteer

Lots of my friends are looking forward to joining in, purely for fun

That's fine, but as a Londoner, the option to pay for the games through my taxes has never been voluntary.

If people want to run and jump about and throw things, I am all for it, but I see no reason why I should pay for years to come for such a monumental white elephant.

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You would have to be a lunatic or a millionaire to volunteer for this.

Aussieboy seems to think it's a great idea though. You know, it's just that English people are so thick that we don't see the 'Big Society' (i.e. us living 10 people to a room, with recently-arrived African asylum seekers as roommates, working until the age of 80 for free) as an opportunity-creating 'life experience.'

It's the kind of chance that the risk-takers of the world, the Donald Trumps, would jump at, but because we whinge all the time we can't see the upsides.

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"You need to be enthusiastic, passionate, and inspiring to those who will travel from abroad," she added.

Isn't everybody these days when interviewed for a job. Passionate is de rigeur these days but now they want more words but if you know only one word of english at an interview remember the word passionate.

And the job's "cash free" for the 70,000 as well. It puts being "unpaid" well in its place.

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Sports, medical, press operations and anti-doping volunteers have been applying for specialist roles since 27 July.

So all the plum jobs (specialist roles ;) ) have been filled now so they are broadening the advertising for the other jobs such as car park attendants with a passionate, enthusiastic and inspiring mission, "cash free" of course.

Mind you I'll bet that parking your car anywhere isn't cash free, far from it during the "Olympics".

Edited by billybong

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Got to admit I'm on the OPs side on this one. They're promoting it like it's some great thing but unless you're really into volunteer work it just sounds like a sham IMO. They're all skint!

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IIRC London has ~ 350,000 unemployed.

All you need is one in 5 of those to work for 10 days and you are sorted. Now if I were a consultancy giving that advice I would probably charge 300k for the privilige.

They could 'sell' it to the unemployed as an opportuinity to get some work experience on their CV.

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Whoa!!! in what fecking way did "Londoners" pay for this exactly?

They might be getting all the benefit, like the freeloading state subsidy junkies they are.

But they sure as hell are not paying for it!

There's a CT "olympic" surcharge on all London properties for the next 10 years, IIRC.

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