There is some debate locally about a house cleaning company’s plan to employ college students to clean the dorm rooms of other students who elect to pay for the service:
While supporters of the idea say it will provide another part-time job opportunity for needy students, others say it will put poor students in the embarrassing situation of working for their richer classmates.
Li Rong, general manager of Shanghai Laibang Household Service, said he came up with the idea after several students hired his company on a one-time basis to clean up dorm rooms before they moved in at the start of the semester.
Shanghaiist thinks Li is lying. We’re pretty sure he got the idea by watching The Daily Show. A while back, correspondent Rob Corddry headed to Harvard, where a controversy was a-brewin’ about DormAid, which tells customers, “Work hard. Play hard. We’ll take care of the rest.” (Just don’t call them “maids” — they are “cleaning professionals” godammit!) Anyway, the service sparked a lot of debate, and spawned this hilarious report on the best fake news show on television.