By Irving Leemon, Contributing Columnist
In case you haven’t heard, there is a new app for ‘smart phones’ called “CLOO”. When you register on “CLOO” you are willing to rent out your bathroom for a few minutes to strangers for a couple of dollars. What I don’t know is whether or not this is for real. If it is, what are people thinking? I don’t know if this would work in other parts of the world, but I’m fairly certain that it won’t catch on here. We have elderly people here who live alone and, there are other single women and men living alone.
Also, there are families that are quite vulnerable. I don’t think most of them would want to allow a stranger into their homes. In addition, what if you get a call from a drunk at 2 in the morning? Are you going to open your door for a stranger at that hour? There are already people out there trying to trick you into opening your door so that they can rob you blind. They not only rob the occupant, but sometimes they also beat, tie up, and kill the occupant.
Even with connections that are provided to twitter and face book, there is a large risk involved. People can and do lie on those sites. They can make up ‘friends’ and comments that make them out to be heroes and you have no way of proving them right or wrong. The only way that I would answer the door to a stranger in the middle of the night is if I had a shotgun pointing at him/her. In an interesting twist, there is a TV network that is about crime that is also called CLOO.
The network has programs devoted to crime such as, Law and Order SUV, In Plain Sight, and Blood Diamond. Guess what is advertised on the CLOO TV network’s web site? eHarmony. Interesting! You can find both CLOOs on Google. Hmm. Is there a connection between the two CLOOs? Agree? Disagree? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org