Will Code 4 Latte: Homeless Woman Looks for IT Work

    June 27, 2012
    WebProNews Staff
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A “Will Code 4 Latte” sign is sure to draw some attention, both good and bad. Which, of course, is to be expected, particularly when someone who claims to be homeless is holding a makeshift shift cardboard sign with an iPhone 4 in his or her pocket. Such is the case of unemployed Australian IT professional Adelle Hartley, who, despite not having a home to hang her hat, still owns a laptop computer. According to her, staying connected is much more important than having a place to safely rest her head at night.

Hartley, who studied mathematics and computer science in Tasmania, had been working in Sydney for the past 10 years, that is, until she lost her job six months ago. Unable to make ends meet, she is now counted amongst the city’s homeless, albeit one with laptop and smartphone.

“It’s not that expensive to have a mobile these days. I’ve held onto it because people who know me sometimes get in touch with work,” she explained. In order to stay connected, Hartley plunks down $10 a day to plug in at a local Internet cafe.

Although a lot of folks are sympathetic towards Hartley — one man even offered her use of his vacant office, complete with WiFi — a few people do take issue with the fact that she’s essentially begging for money on the street while doing business on her iPhone.

“I don’t think people usually look close enough to see my mobile, when I use it, but one guy came up and yelled at me the other day,” she explained. To be fair, the thought of a homeless person owning both a laptop and a mobile device is a little hard to swallow, especially when so many people are struggling just to get by.

Given the amount of coverage this story has received as of late, I’d say it won’t be too long before Hartley finds a full-time job with a steady paycheck once again.

Image provided courtesy of NineMSN

  • adam

    Lattes are what got you obese, which is what lowered your value, which is why it is harder for you to get a job. Change your strategy.

    • Dino

      You are an idiot.

    • blake

      being obese has nothing to do with holding an IT job, mate. maybe u should change your strategy, huh?

  • Joe R

    Well, she feels it’s important to keep connected. If taxpayers aren’t footing the bill for it, then whatever.

    That being said, the whole “desperate” strategy probably wouldn’t work anyway, since I know if I listed languages I wrote in and basically offered to work for nothing, well, that’s suspicious of my skill set. Since software engineers make a median salary of around $70K in New South Wales, according to payscale, then even an entry level position would probably make $35K.

  • Joe

    Smart woman, she’s making herself able to perform work and is constantly looking for it. The man that yelled at her should have thought twice about it, at least she’s trying, better than some. She gave up her house and most of her stuff to keep herself in a position to work piecemeal and still look for a job. I say kudos to her for doing what she’s doing and hope she finds gainful employment soon.

  • http:wtfarewegoingtodonow.com Brad

    It is all about priorities and how it differs from person to person depending on your world view. She is correct that owning a smart phone is not expensive. People see a smart phone and go all Ape shite over it, but never stop to think it is usually cheaper than a land line on top of being far more versatile. My wife and I both have cell phones and our combined smart phone bills was only $3.00 more than the land line so we dumped it since our jobs require us to both have cells but doesn’t require a land line. Raising hell over her laptop is unreasonable in the extreme. Sure she could sell it, and might make half a months rent from it, if it is a really good laptop. Of course where does that leave her if someone offers her some work. It leaves her without the tools of her trade. You would never demand an auto mechanic, carpenter, home health worker, landscaper, etc sell the tools of their trade because you know they can’t find work without them, but those same people see computers as luxury items and computer work as something less than a real job since it requires thinking rather than doing grunt work.

  • Adriane

    I was homeless for six months after losing my husband and my wedding and portrait photography business. I sold every piece of clothing that WASN’T professional in appearance, kept my somewhat fancy but pre-paid phone, and carried around a laptop with a crappy battery. True, there are many people in the world that don’t have what I had, but I used what I kept to get myself to where I am today. The phone, clothes, and laptop helped me get a job and an apartment. Now, if a homeless person asks me for money, I try to give what I can, because I know what it is like to be in the beginning phases of homelessness.

    I don’t really agree with her “Buy Me a Latte” method. Unless the coffee shop at which she access the internet requires a purchase every so many hours, she’s being a little demanding. That’s kinda like begging for money for food, but not taking food that is offered to you.

  • Dino

    hang in there. jobs will come.

  • alex

    What’s wrong with a “homeless” person owning a laptop & smartphone? There are TONS of other homeless owning more dumb things like a dog or cat. At least she’s trying to do something with her situation. I’d rather give her something instead of to an able-bodied person who’s doing nothing to try and improve his/her situation.

  • Charles

    This isn’t unusual at all overseas. I worked in Germany for several years, and many homeless had mobile phones and several had laptops. The homeless in many countries aren’t as bad off as you’d think, but they still need help.

  • keigh01

    It’s like somebody thinks that because you can’t afford a roof over your head you should throw everything else you ever owned away too. Like homelessness trolls come and take things away from you while you sleep.

  • http://leetrans.com chase

    Um we are hiring. C# developers. Paying really good for our company and is a great company to work for. Software developer is one of the highest demanding jobs right now, so it is hard to believe she cant find work. Lee transervices if you want to move to lufkin texas.

  • http://chocolatebarrels.com ChrisInGalvestonTX

    She’s got a job if she comes to Texas!