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Local Blogger Recruits Homeless Man to Review Vodka
"Because, honestly, who knows more about drinking than homeless people, right?”

DudeFoods.com blogger Nick Chipman, whose recent $141.33 McDonald’s stunt received quite a bit of attention, pulled a questionable move in his latest blog post titled “Homeless Person Vodka Reviews.” Chipman asked a Milwaukee homeless man -- who he assumes has some extensive alcohol knowledge, “because honestly, who knows more about drinking than homeless people, right?” he says  -- to drink and review some vodka samples with him. In return, he pays the man $20 for offering his supposed vodka expertise.

The post prompted some heavy debate on Facebook, as many commenters accused him of exploiting the homeless man, to which Chipman responded, “Last week when I spent $141 at McDonald's people were complaining that I should have given that money to the homeless. This time I spent some time with a homeless guy and even paid him $20 for his troubles and you're still mad?”

So we asked Chipman for a comment. He offered us this:

“Why would you consider this exploitative? Because a homeless gentleman was paid for his time to hang out and review some vodka with me? Had I held a gun to his head and made him drink it then, yeah, definitely exploitative, but he made a conscious decision to hang out and have a couple drinks with me and we both had a great time. He could have just as easily said ‘no thanks,’ and I wouldn't have done it. How is it any different than me having any other person review vodka? It isn't unless you just automatically assume that any homeless person must be an alcoholic and is incapable of making decisions for himself, and if that's the case you should probably explore why it is that you think that way.”





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Noodle Posted: 9/25/2013 3:23:12 PM
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Nick Chipman doesn't understand why people are mad at him after making a statement like, " because honestly, who knows more about drinking than homeless people, right?” then tries to backpedal by saying, " How is it any different than me having any other person review vodka? It isn't unless you just automatically assume that any homeless person must be an alcoholic". It IS exploitive because his first statement assumes all homeless people are a bunch of drunks & offers $20 for said homeless drunk to taste test vodka. As though he reallly feels this homeless guy has discerning taste. He could've just as easily given this man his disgusting McDonald's sandwich from the previous week. Why not ask him which fingerless gloves he prefers or which 50 gallon drums hold the best tramp fires. I think he thought he was being glib, but really he was being an a**hole.
Nick Posted: 9/25/2013 3:32:29 PM
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Replying to: Noodle
I don't expect you to know much about my blog, because chances are that you've never read it before, but anyone who has should know that it's definitely not super, super serious and a lot of the posts are pretty tongue-in-cheek. I could understand if I just found a sleeping homeless guy and put the vodka next to him and took a picture or something how it would be exploiting him, but honestly, this guy was great and just seemed psyched that someone was actually taking time out of their day to hang out with him and talk to him. I'm sorry that you think I'm an "asshole," but I stand by my story.
Noodle Posted: 10/3/2013 2:21:24 PM
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Replying to: Nick
And by the way, it doesn't matter if your blog isn't super serious, I did say you were probably trying to be glib, you're just being insensitive to other people's problems.
Noodle Posted: 9/25/2013 3:25:57 PM
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Replying to: Noodle
Next week he'll poll random African Americans on their fried chicken preferences. Because hey, who doesn't know fried chicken better than black people? What a doorknob.
Nick Posted: 9/25/2013 3:33:24 PM
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Replying to: Noodle
That's not even close to an even comparison and if you think that it is maybe you're the doorknob.
Noodle Posted: 10/3/2013 2:06:07 PM
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Replying to: Nick
I'm willing to give you the benefit of the doubt. Explain to me why the stereotype of homeless alcoholics isn't similar to the stereotype of African Americans' love for fried chicken. I go back to your original statement of " because honestly, who knows more about drinking than homeless people, right?” Please explain to me how changing two words, "drinking" to "chicken" and "homeless" to "black". If this guy was so greatful just to be talked to why choose alcohol over anything else? You're trying to be funny, but alcoholism is a real disease and there's really nothing all that funny about it.
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