[Noisebridge-discuss] Buying lockers for Noisebridge.

Al Sweigart asweigart at gmail.com
Mon Jul 11 14:03:42 PDT 2011


Just to address some points on this thread:

* I could handle the overhead of tracking locker rentals. There's no
need to have the treasurer handle this. For me, this would just me a
monthly check of who's paid up.

* I think using full sized lockers would be a waste of space, unless
we only had a few of them for members who need the full sized ones.
The cube sized lockers (like at a bus station or amusement park) would
probably be better. You can fit a laptop and other things in there,
and we would be able to have more of them.

* I'm against the pay-for lockers where you put a couple quarters in
each time. It's too easy for people to lose the keys and would be
costly to constantly replace the keys. Also, it kind of sucks to pay
again just because you closed it before remembering something else you
wanted to put in there.

* Renting a locker wouldn't just be for long-term storage, but also
guarantee that you have a secure place to put your things when you
leave to get a burrito or something.

* We've already run out of member shelf space for members. Lockers
would be even more scarce. Having a low monthly rate would ensure that
people who no longer need a locker will free them up for others, and
also provide NB with a bit of revenue.

-Al

On Mon, Jul 11, 2011 at 1:24 PM, Snail <snailtsunami at gmail.com> wrote:
> Refer to long-ass discussion
> in https://www.noisebridge.net/pipermail/noisebridge-discuss/2011-February/thread.html about
> this topic, blah blah blah.
> One person made the same offer to buy lockers and then charge people for use
> until he made back the cost, and though the offer was shot down mostly
> because some people threatened to dismantle the lockers if they were
> purchased, some people (like me) were unsettled with having said person the
> "gatekeeper" for charging people and managing the money-make-back until a
> point where he decided he was paid back. I trust Al more to be honest about
> it, but I'm not sure anything else in the space has been purchased with the
> intention of loaning it for payment until such a time when it is free, and
> I'm honestly positive that would end poorly for the person who paid
> up-front. I also don't really want anyone set up in that kind of predicament
> -- what if the money is never re-earned before the equipment is broken, and
> how long would it take to make back $500, really?
> Plus, if lockers were locked, no one would be able to hound the folks who
> leave their personal hygiene products and laundry at the space and throw
> that shit out the window [good riddance!] without breaking locks all the
> time and effectively making the lockers nothing more than fancy member
> shelves with as much privacy as a tupperware container. -- I feel that
> granting people the ability to hide their possessions long-term with a lock
> would make some of our current problems of people living in the space in an
> uncool way even worse, and it gives people an unreasonable idea that people
> are going to respect their storage space just because they put a lock on it.
> -- If they even PAID for that storage space and someone broke into it
> anyway, things would get ugly, and we can't guarantee enough protection to
> charge people for it when we teach lockpicking to anyone willing for free
> <_<.
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