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Furlencos new Pod might just be the most outrageous product hitting the market this holiday season.The Bangalore, India based furniture rental startup has always had a penchant for targeting the millennial subset, but this is something else entirely because as any 20-something knows, adding a bed to things makes them universally more practical.
The Pod includes a 32-inch mounted television, Bluetooth connectivity, 2:1 channel speakers with a serious subwoofer, an adjustable reading light, ports to charge your gear, a bookshelf and, for good measure, a bed.
The startups entire model is based on the premise that renting furniture is easier than buying it, especially when you live in an apartment and move frequently.So if you want to get your hands on one of these, youll need to come up with 2999Rupees per month, or roughly $44. The team is also selling a lower priced 2499 Rupee version ($37), but it lacks an included TV. Seriously though, whats a bed without a TV anyway? Lame.
Unfortunately, this is all assuming you live in Bangalore, Mumbai or Pune. The rest of us are out of luck for now.If it ever does make it to the States, Im calling for the end of the world as we know it. Beds are pretty much already the desks of the 21st century and the Pod is a natural extension of this.
It also presents a half-decent business opportunity for the upwardly mobile.Like the air-mattress-in-closet before it, your unethical Airbnb self kinda wants to putdividersaround a handfulof these bad boys and charge $2500+ a month, each.
Its all fine and good until the efficiency of the Pod starts to kill off your personal relationships. The five people sharing one in the video below would probably result in some sick, home-cooked, version of Survivor. Heck, wed all probably start forgetting to eat if we couldnt find some way to hack a Google Home to open thedoor for our friendly neighborhood Postmate.
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She thought she was just going to Walmart for lunch, but she had NO idea what was really in store…
While many of us were spending our August soaking up the last of the summer rays or getting wrapped up in the election, the people of Baton Rouge were dealing with theworst natural disaster to strike the U.S. since Hurricane Sandy.
The horrific tragedy killed 13 people and destroyed over 60,000 homes.
Among the many properties damaged was the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, a resource center that provides 10 million pounds of food per year to people in need.
The building was filled with over five feet of flood water, which destroyed over a half million pounds of food at a time when this community was in most need of it.
“I mean that’s our mission to help the less fortunate, and if you can’t be there for them in that time of need, then what’s the point?” said Costello Robinson, the bank’s transportation manager.
Costello was one of five food bank employees who lost his home during the flood. He was caring for his sick mother when the storms hit, and they just narrowly escaped the rapidly risingwaters.
“I had to carry her out through the water. We barely made it out,” he said.
Yvonne Farwell, the inventory control manager, experienced similarly devastating circumstances. Sheand her family lost their home, car and everything they owned.
They’ve been staying in a friend’s RV until they can figure out a new living situation, which will be anything but easy.
“It’s not like you’ve been saving for years when you first get married,” said Yvonne.
However, despite their own personal hardships, none of these employees missed a single day of work. And even though they lost their distribution facility, the food bank workers improvised by finding temporary spaces where they could hand out food from August through September.
When Walmart found out about these kind souls who were helping othersdespite their own loss, they wanted to do something big, really BIG.
They invited the workers to their warehouse for a Christmas surprise that left every last one of them weeping tears of joy. The food bank employees thought they were heading to a luncheon, but there was so much more in store for them than a free meal.
The Walmart workersrolled out cart, after cart, after cartoverflowing with home goods, electronics, office supplies, bikes, toys and MORE.
Each time the food bank employees thought the surprise was over, more shopping carts pushed by cheerful Walmart elves strolled out.
To top off the magical experience, Walmart provided each family with a $2500 gift card as well.
In order to aid the organization’s future efforts, Walmart also presented the Baton Rouge Food Bank with a check for $100,000, in addition to a $100,000 donation they recently gave to help with flood disaster relief.
The overwhelming experience was exactly the Christmas miracle that these sweet families had been praying for, and we’re so glad they got it!
As Yvonne embraced the spokesperson of the spectacular giveaway, the expression of gratitude on her face said it all.
Sheadded that her faith is what has kept her strong throughout these devastating circumstances.
Watch this heart-melting moment unfold for yourself in the video below:
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When Brady the dog spotted a freshly made bed in his house, he immediately hopped on it and rolled around the covers. He didn’t mess it up, but he did lay comfortably and sink into the mattress.
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