Oh, college! The things people do for a little beer money and to make ends meet: feast on Ramen, donate plasma, charge for cups at parties. We've seen it all and done it all before. Today we get wind from a tipster that an enterprising student at the University of Michigan has launched an exciting new Ann Arbor business venture: A walk of shame shuttle service. Genius! The cost after an embarrassing hook-up appears to be $5 and includes a ride to anywhere in Ann Arbor, plus a free bottle of water to quench that hangover, a $5 off Plan B coupon, and a "complimnetary" (sic, should be "complimentary") high five. What a bargain!
We hear the flyer hasn't made its way to campus yet. In the meantime, the creator says on Facebook that she's "working on business cards to give Bros so they can give them to their slampieces." Judging by the Facebook post, she's not discriminating and offering walk of shame services to dudes, too ("because it's bad for business!"). So, keep your eyes peeled and keep that number handy, Wolverines. We have no idea if she actually has a taxi license or insurance or whatever you need to operate this sort of business, so it's probably best to use your own discretion.
Update 5:00 P.M.: We got in touch with the Michigan senior behind "The Walk of Shame Shuttle." Her name is Kellyann Wargo and she has a Tumblr you can check out here. Here's what she had to say about her business idea:
I have a particularly friendly roommate (Amanda) who takes advantage of my access to the mom van I that I drive- I have it for work. She always texts me to pick her up in the morning and then I make her buy me McDonalds for payment. With spring break quickly approaching I realized I can't keep eating McDonalds the way I do. She suggested I make a business out of it because she, like many girls, doesn't want to call a taxi that takes forever and is usually some sort of father figure, middle aged man, driver.
At the same time my mom began checking my credit card statement and was displeased by how much money I was spending five nights a week at the bar (second semester senior) so she told me to get another job. Being a Michigan student and all I was like, why apply for a job when I can start my own business? I have a part-time job as an assistant event coordinator (aka wedding planner) but no one gets married in winter, so I have no source of income. Basically I started it to make some quick cash.
It's the Walk of Shame Shuttle because Stride of Pride would just encourage girls to walk. I always have a case of water in the back of my car because my apartment is on the third floor so it's too heavy to carry. Anyone can get a $5 off Plan B coupon from the website, I'll just print off a bunch. But don't pass on my secret, bad for business. I think girls are more comfortable being picked up by girls. I'd love to do a "Cash Cab" kinda thing, who knows.