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Old 6th March 2008, 12:12   #1
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We were paid to welcome U-19 heroes'Author: Savie Karnel Date: 05 Jan 2008
80 college kids (who had not even heard of U-19) were hired by event mgt company. Girls paid Rs 1,000 each, boys Rs 200, to cheer returning World Cup winners

Bangalore: Eighty fans who thronged Bangalore airport to welcome India’s U-19 cricket heroes yesterday, were not fans. They were paid to be there. MiD DAY discovered that the girls were paid Rs 1,000 each and the boys Rs 200 to stand and wave the Tricolour and cheer as the team, who routed South Africa, emerged from the airport terminal building.

In fact, the ‘fans’ did not know the name of a single U-19 cricketer.

The team had arrived in Bangalore yesterday for a felicitation ceremony. Event management company, DNA, had hired the students. Vinay, who was managing the crowd, said, “I work for a firm that supplies people to DNA for their events. We are paying the students to be here,” he said. Arga, a TYBCom student said, “DNA called us and told us to cheer the players. They are paying us Rs 1,000 each.”

Rosy, a ‘fan’, said, “I don’t know any player and I am not interested.” For Sulochana too, this was just a way to earn some pocket money.

Arga added that her group had not been asked to go to the stadium. “It is just an hour’s job. I don’t know anything about the U-19 team. We were told to wait till the team emerged from the airport and then leave,” she said.

Alka, also from Jain College, hoped the players would be “cute”. But she was disappointed when the team made an appearance. “No, they are not cute at all,” she said. The only Bangalorean in the team was Manish Pandey, a TYB Com student in Jain College, but the girls had never heard of him.

Sandesh and Shrikant, from Vijaya College, were angry that boys were being paid just a fifth of what the girls were getting. “I feel cheated,” said Sandesh.

The students used the tricolour to cover their heads as they waited for the U-19 team to arrive.
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I can't stop laughing at this article...

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Girls paid Rs 1,000 each, boys Rs 200, to cheer returning World Cup winners
Normally there is a concern that women get paid less than men for the same job. But this is the first time I've heard of women getting paid 5 times as men. Cheers!

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Alka, also from Jain College, hoped the players would be “cute”. But she was disappointed when the team made an appearance. “No, they are not cute at all,” she said.
That explains the high pay.
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I am not surprised. I doubted the same when i saw the turn out.
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Lol! thats pathetic. I would have felt like $hit if i were a U-19 player, after reading this.
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I think this was done because the public was not expected to come out on the roads. They were busy watching the monkeys getting whipped by the young senior team.
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And did you guys think all that cheering with that colored stuff that happens at such places are all somebody from the public and doing on their own?

Of course they are either organized by some fans association or some agencies and in 90% of the cases they are paid for that. I don't think this is something new.

After all, I didn't even know that U-19 tourney was on till we reached the final!
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this is not uncommon at all. all the political rallies do this.
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These are the side effects of sensationalism I suppose.
If anything happens anywhere, our media wants to see people's reaction. So when you don't get a reaction then why not manufacture it?
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Sad thing was, Anand's reception was stage managed too. Now with this win, the cricket fever will reach much more higher levels.

i hope other sports get fair amount of attention too.
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this stuff is way to comon these days,and practically i know a few agencies whom to approach to get all these kind of things done.

a bunch of college kids hired to do the stuff,breifing is given to one of them and they explain their group and the fake show starts,weather its reality or blogs..sad thing everything in the world is turning up in artificial,even the news now days shows all crapy stuff's like the dog ate the snake,magician flying,walking on water etc etc .. now here is our fone number call us and debate..real sad things happening.
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The bus carrying the team zoomed down airport road. Looked like no one knew about the event.
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LMFAO !! couldnt control it. Media media media, they are to be blamed for all these fiascos.
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Was expecting to read about a new band group like U2 :(
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Just looking it from another angle . . . .

What's wrong if they did something to boost the morale of the U-19 team ?! At least no one suffered and some kids made money !!
Now, suppose the crowd was not there, the team would have probably felt discouraged. Although this article would probably have the same effect !!
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Normally there is a concern that women get paid less than men for the same job. But this is the first time I've heard of women getting paid 5 times as men.
Nothing new samurai. Its just a perception.

Way back in 1994 and until 1999 while i was in college i used to work for Hindustan Lever Ltd. during my summer vacations. Job involved marketing and sales of their products at stalls they had put up at popular exhibitions like ICE and other consumer exhibitions / fairs.

Guys were paid 200 rs a day while women were paid as high as 500 rs. But HLL was not hiring us or paying us directly. There used to be an agency that did the hiring and payment.
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