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    lostinkorea Female 30-39
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    August 2, 2010 at 11:02 am
    Link: Another Reason To Love Europe... - Would this type of socialism ever work in the US?
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    shiftyplus1 Male 18-29
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    August 14, 2010 at 3:04 pm
    How the hell is that socialism?
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    davymid Male 30-39
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    August 14, 2010 at 3:07 pm
    Go Ireland! Yes, we ARE that awesome.
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    tws8631 Male 50-59
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    August 14, 2010 at 3:15 pm
    This would work in downtown areas but then the a$$wipes would complain that the bikes were using parking spaces. It would be good to try.
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    RaccoonxD Female 13-17
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    August 14, 2010 at 3:18 pm
    They have them in loads of european cities
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    DeathToLems Female 18-29
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    August 14, 2010 at 3:18 pm
    we have these in london
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    August 14, 2010 at 3:22 pm
    How the hell is that socialism?

    If it`s a non-profit scheme run by the government, then it could be seen as socialism.

    If it`s a business run by a private company to make a profit, it`s capitalism.
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    osirisascend Male 40-49
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    August 14, 2010 at 3:30 pm
    There is a system just like this in place here in Minneapolis that they started this year. So far, there don`t seem to be any problems, and I see people using them everyday.
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    vulture19 Male 30-39
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    August 14, 2010 at 3:44 pm
    Portland, Oregon has been doing this since 1994
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    jayme21 Male 18-29
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    August 14, 2010 at 3:55 pm
    French bike hire scheme in Paris had loads and loads of problems and they`re being retrofitted with trackers because of it...

    I don`t like the london hire scheme bikes they just look queer. I`ll stick with my Corratec thank-you
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    mmill928 Female 18-29
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    August 14, 2010 at 3:58 pm
    In Ashland & Milwaukee, WI, they have these programs with no problems at all.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    August 14, 2010 at 4:33 pm
    I`m not giving up my suv for this
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    August 14, 2010 at 5:05 pm
    wouldnt be like that in most places tho!
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    rammo34 Male 18-29
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    August 14, 2010 at 5:07 pm
    I`m pretty sure we have this in portland. But then again, it`s been called the most european city in the U.S. We also have a car sharing system thats been pretty successful.
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    Seastone Female 18-29
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    August 14, 2010 at 5:57 pm
    We`re starting a free bike program at my university this year. There`s a lovely 7-mile path to another nearby university across the state line, so they can be used to go visit friends or experience the shopping they have over there. I don`t know how successful they`ll be on campus, though, since the school is one giant hill. One would think everybody would just use the bikes as a faster way to get down the hills, but no one would bring them back up...
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    piperfawn Male 30-39
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    August 14, 2010 at 6:15 pm
    We have this free bike program also in my city(Brescia,Italy) and seem to work very well.
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    inversegrav Male 30-39
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    August 14, 2010 at 6:55 pm
    I have heard they are trying to start up something similar for cars in Pittsburgh, but so far all attempts at a start up have stalled.
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    tuxman4 Male 13-17
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    August 14, 2010 at 7:26 pm
    Wow, that credit card deal is a smart idea.
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    August 14, 2010 at 7:41 pm
    Notice that not many are actually being used. They consider it a `success` just because they haven`t been stolen or vandalized much. A real success would be if you seen lots of people out riding them.
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    Kainonis Male 18-29
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    August 14, 2010 at 7:44 pm
    That`s not socialism... O_o
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    ysso12 Male 18-29
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    August 14, 2010 at 8:11 pm
    they have it in Austin where you can use a card to get into any of the special smart cars, seems to work here, also i noticed they think Europe is better because it works there, unfortunately the article points out that it didn`t work in Paris.
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    ROK9 Male 18-29
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    August 14, 2010 at 9:09 pm
    cool
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    GuardinGnome Male 18-29
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    August 14, 2010 at 9:26 pm
    Nope, sorry. All the fu.cking street punks/skateboarders /Jackass wannabees would steal them and trash the sh.it out of them.
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    Keegan31 Male 18-29
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    August 14, 2010 at 9:32 pm
    @ Crakrjak "Notice that not many are actually being used."

    Really?

    “The scheme has exceeded all expectations,” said Finan. “Since its launch in September `09, we are heading for over 500,000 trips with a population of 1.2 million people in the Dublin region.”

    Seems like they`re getting used. Or did you only look at the picture?
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    Homegrown71 Male 18-29
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    August 14, 2010 at 9:40 pm
    Naa it would fail in the states, even with the need of a credit card they`d get stole. Not because people want them but because they are there and people are stupid so they`d steal a credit card to steal this bike so they can toss it somewhere or destroy it for absolutly no reason except probably to make a youtube video.
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    chunkymonkie Male 13-17
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    August 14, 2010 at 10:25 pm
    its nicer to have your own bike though
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    rakoonhat Female 30-39
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    August 14, 2010 at 10:39 pm
    it would work if the regulations on it, were say, like our rules for buying sudafed. we ID the poo out of you, make at least two records of it, and take notes on your behavior and things you say to us while in the buying process. then charge you.
    the thing that came to mind for me was, bike jacking...but seriusly thugs...there`s still cars out there, why are you after a bike?? you gonna chop shop it and sell it or sell it to four year olds on the street...
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    rakoonhat Female 30-39
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    August 14, 2010 at 10:39 pm
    also how cheap is a bike? go to a yard sell. 20 dollars and its yours forever
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    duffytoler Male 40-49
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    August 14, 2010 at 11:25 pm
    Uhh, Europe? We already have these.
    http://chicago.bcycle.com/
    http://denver.bcycle.com/
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    Asspenny Male 18-29
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    August 14, 2010 at 11:38 pm
    wait, why just europe? we have this in our city right now and it`s doing fine
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    kribbe Male 18-29
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    August 15, 2010 at 12:15 am
    ehh i live in sweden and we`ve have the same system for about 2 years
  32. Profile photo of CrakrJak
    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    August 15, 2010 at 1:52 am
    Keegan31: If you did the math on that, It`s less than 42% of their population has used one of those bikes once during the past year. But let`s rearrange it, Since most people drive. That would also be 10% of their population using the a bike 4 times the past year, Or just 0.1% using them once a day.
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    E11e Female 18-29
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    August 15, 2010 at 3:09 am
    They only just started doing this in London. And Boris made it like it was his idea, LIAR!!
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    deputy Male 50-59
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    August 15, 2010 at 3:28 am
    It is not socialism indeed, but nothing is wrong with a bit of capitalism. Also, as others have mentioned already, the plan can hardly be called original, since the first time it was used was already in 1965 in Amsterdam.
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    TR-Wolf Male 18-29
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    August 15, 2010 at 3:40 am
    "A reason to love Ireland"... don`t label one country as "Europe", it gets tiresome.
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    winters34 Male 40-49
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    August 15, 2010 at 5:32 am
    I`m still waiting for the first reason to love "Europe"
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    tedgp Male 30-39
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    August 15, 2010 at 5:52 am
    The first reason winters34? The fact that you wouldnt exist of it wasnt for europeans? I think thats a good enough reason right there.
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    YoMommaSoFat Male 13-17
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    August 15, 2010 at 6:43 am
    It does annoy me that the huge amount of individual countries just get classed as `Europe` on this site...
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    Llave Female 18-29
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    August 15, 2010 at 6:59 am
    Socialism? Do you ever think before saying anything? It`s just a way to reduce both traffic and CO2 emissions...

    "A reason to love Ireland"... don`t label one country as "Europe", it gets tiresome."

    Thank you.
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    madduck Female 50-59
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    August 15, 2010 at 7:33 am
    Great idea- I love this as I don`t drive. At home I have my own bike, but I certainly would not wish to travel with it. Cities with this scheme give me the chance to just mooch around, if I can stand the damn traffic!
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    NoArms5534 Male 18-29
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    August 15, 2010 at 7:54 am
    How is this Socialism? Government owns all bikes?
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    Reignblazer Male 18-29
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    August 15, 2010 at 9:18 am
    "It does annoy me that the huge amount of individual countries just get classed as `Europe` on this site..."

    That`s because in an american`s view, there is America + Rest of the world.
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    piperfawn Male 30-39
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    August 15, 2010 at 9:43 am
    @winters34

    Reason number 2: Europe have more than 70% of artistic heritage in all world and if we want to talk about modern art and design what about "Ferrari", "Lamborghini", "Pagani", "Porsche"..?

    Reason number 3: European cities and capitals are simply "AMAZING", what about
    Rome, Paris, London, Berlin, Barcellona, Venezia...and thousand more.

    Reason number 4: We sign the Kyoto protocol.

    Reason number 5: In all Europe death sentence don`t exist.

    Reason number 6: Mediterranean food is so various and in many cases not so fat and our knowledge in cookery is apreciated evrywhere.

    Reason 7:We born here and we love here.

    ..............(to be continued?).......
    ..oups and last but not least what about Swedish,Italian,French,Spain and so on GIRLS?
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    hi2pi Male 30-39
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    August 15, 2010 at 10:15 am
    "It does annoy me that the huge amount of individual countries just get classed as `Europe` on this site..."

    That`s because in an american`s view, there is America + Rest of the world.
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    I just feel lucky they didn`t call us "The Artik", lol
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    klaxor Male 18-29
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    August 15, 2010 at 10:32 am
    Mexico City is doing something like this as well and they are neither socialist, nor European
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    oxyl Male 30-39
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    August 15, 2010 at 11:03 am
    i go to Euprope to get laid. I go to the USA to get fat and stupid.
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    skite111 Male 30-39
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    August 15, 2010 at 12:26 pm
    I go to Canada to..... Wait, who goes to Canada?
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    zombieland Male 18-29
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    August 15, 2010 at 1:23 pm
    i got to Canada to enjoy sudo legal pot, drink good Canadian beer, and be friendly to strangers....oh wait i live there
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    Nucleartoast Female 13-17
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    August 15, 2010 at 4:11 pm
    oxyl, i go to college to learn to spell right.
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    Altaru Male 18-29
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    August 15, 2010 at 6:50 pm
    The first reason winters34? The fact that you wouldnt exist of it wasnt for europeans? I think thats a good enough reason right there.

    Not if he`s Native American. If he`s Native American, he has an ASS-LOAD of reasons to hate you...

    And there are plenty of reasons for plenty of other places in the world to hate a fair few European countries too...

    You know, taking a quick look back at history... I think a lot of Europe doesn`t like America because we`re doing now what they did in the past better than they did when they did it... I mean, people hate the way the US tends to intrude in the matters of other countries... But it wasn`t long ago that many European countries basically enslaved entire populations half-way across the globe from their home land...

    Not that America doesn`t suck, and isn`t so flooded with problems it`s almost better to let it drown and start over, but still...
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    ardara Female 30-39
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    August 15, 2010 at 8:44 pm
    I bet alot of tourist use these just to say they have.
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    martinikene Male 18-29
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    August 15, 2010 at 9:39 pm
    That`s why you are fat America and Europe isn`t. Britaind excluded!
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    aseirinn Male 70 & Over
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    August 16, 2010 at 4:04 am
    Dublin`s bike sharing program, which launched back in September, has been a smashing success (as I imagine the Irish might say). The Dublin City Council is claiming it is "the most successful in the world by any measure." From the Global Post:



    "Is maith sin" is a standard idiom. Since it would normally be said "`s maith sin", it seems to me to be the most likely origin of "smashing".
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    pabloinorlan Male 40-49
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    August 16, 2010 at 7:44 am
    One thing for sure is you`ll never see me migrating to europe. Now take a look at our immigration offices how filled they are of people from europe requesting visas to try and make the american dream. God bless america
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    Altaru Male 18-29
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    August 16, 2010 at 8:02 am
    That`s why you are fat America and Europe isn`t.
    Go f*ck yourself and your nationalism.

    They`re in America too.

    This is why the world over hates Europe. They`re a bunch of roostery, over-rated snobs who think they`re better than everyone else, so they should be allowed to get away with whatever BS they can come up with.

    Looks like that trait starting to rub off on the US, though...
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    Altaru Male 18-29
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    August 16, 2010 at 8:03 am
    They`re a bunch of roostery, over-rated snobs
    F*ck the censors, but I think you get my point.
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    JeffBeau Male 30-39
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    August 16, 2010 at 12:52 pm
    Awesome idea. Would work best in U.S. if private companies did this. Don`t wait around for gov`t to screw it up and then make taxpayers pay for it.

    U.S. is fat because (a) we eat bad food, (b) we watch too much teevee, and (c) we have no more shame.
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    malinschen Female 18-29
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    August 16, 2010 at 1:37 pm
    6,5 euros is EXPENSIVE for four hours!
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    Riondog86 Female 18-29
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    August 16, 2010 at 3:04 pm
    They have this in Denver in Capital Hill, everyone loves it!
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    ElSombrero Male 13-17
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    August 16, 2010 at 3:14 pm
    My city, in the US, plans to implement this. Free showers too in order to entice businesspeople to ride to work.


    As to people who are arguing, everywhere in the world has their own problems. No place is great. They all suck.


    I want that fixed ASAP.
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    Abandonnez Male 18-29
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    August 22, 2010 at 10:08 pm
    That`s awesome good for them! I hope that other countries can adapt something like this. I know America can`t because we are a country of fat drats. :(
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    TheGax Male 18-29
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    August 23, 2010 at 9:28 am
    we have this in sao paulo, brazil....and rio de janeiro..doesnt work all that well, tho...
    and the credit card thing is a great idea!

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