• May 15th 2007 at 4:05PM
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I have a brother who spends a good 50% of his time daydreaming about how to make money with inventions no one has thought of yet. Despite my protest that all the good stuff's been invented already, he continues to concoct imaginary money makers. I need to introduce my brother to this guy from San Francisco, who earns $100 to $300 a day from his invention.

This highly lucrative produce is his own ass, which he rents out to San Fran commuters who are willing to pay him to get a pass to drive in the car pool lane. The idea came to him when he was stuck in traffic one day watching people zip by in the far left lane. He decided to rent himself out for $10 to $20 a trip so that other people who didn't want to sit in traffic for two hours could bypass jams in the fast moving car pool lane.

The first time he walked out on to the freeway entrance with a sign that read, "Traffic is bad. Spend 2 hours or pay me $10 and get there in 20 minutes." It worked, and afterward he left his first paying customer, walked to the other side of the freeway, and caught a paying gig back to where he started. With business in full swing, he reportedly makes 2 to 3 roundtrips during the morning commute and 3 to 5 round trips during the evening rush, and if there's an accident that slows traffic even further, he may double his price. Genius, pure genius.

Thanks for the tip, Mike!

[Source: Personal Finance Advice]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      HOV and Carpool lanes on the Bay Bridge require three or more people to use the special lanes. Take this from someone who got a $300 ticket for only having one passenger.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Shows creativeness that results from free markets.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm not sure if this is really genius since this was actually the story behind a King of Queens TV episode a while ago.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I wonder how long 'til one of the city cops rains on his parade and cites him for "hitch hiking." Kudos to his ingenuity though
      • 8 Years Ago
      HOV are useless in LA, you just get in there to get stuck behind a Prius (with only the driver and the HOV sticker)
      • 8 Years Ago
      @Duncan, Much like your slug-lines, the bay area has "Casual Carpool" those not in the know must be the ones picking this guy up...

      • 8 Years Ago
      So this guy gets paid for what a blowup doll couldn't do. It seems to defuse the purpose of the HOV lane. I think what Duncan refers to, is more legit. At least the extra passenger is getting a needed ride.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why'd he have to use Comic Sans?

      • 8 Years Ago
      Ahem. Excuse me but for 20$ a day you can hire your own driver and not worry about traffic.

      (Actually it's closer to 40$ a day but you get the picture)
      • 8 Years Ago
      @duncan, @nate

      we have this thing in new york city called the metro, it's dirty, but it does the job.
      • 8 Years Ago
      so he's a taxi driver
      • 8 Years Ago
      Great idea. Maybe he should start a whole company around this idea, including the option to pick someone up at a predetermined location instead of the onramp to the freeway. If you could schedule this in advance it would be even more valuable.
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