Update: Well, crap. Newsweek reports that “Pooper” was a hoax created by Ben Becker and Elliot Glass to question the gig economy. Our original post continues below.
“Pooper” is not in Denver yet, so if I see you taking pictures of dog poop with a smart phone, I’ll assume it’s for your passive-aggressive art project.
However, taking a picture of dog poop that you don’t want to pick up is the first step to use the Pooper app in San Francisco, New York, or Los Angeles. Yes, for $15 to $35 a month, one could live out the company credo of “your dog’s poop in someone else’s hands.”
Pooper promises that it’s both easy and secure, which is good because you don’t want just anyone seeing your dog’s poop. (OK, fine, it’s probably referring to your credit card.)
On the business end, it’s unclear how much people are paid to go pick up dog poop. “Rates are determined by our proprietary algorithm, based on factors such as demand and distance,” the site says.
Maybe I’m just being a party pooper though. After all, over 22,000 dogs were registered in Denver since 2015. More about that in Wednesday’s newsletter.