Power Button Electronics, the multimillion-dollar company behind the PowerPhone and the PowerPlayer game console, has announced yesterday that it has purchased the property known as the Maple Leaf Orphanage and will be evicting its entire population of 34 orphans to the streets.
In an interview on the same day as the announcement, spokesperson Bertram Button has stated that PBE is planning to convert the location into a new retail store. He has declined concern for the orphans' well-being, stating that "orphans are too poor to afford electronics and too young and unskilled to perform any sort of work, and therefore are of neither value nor interest to the company".
The orphanage's former owner, Donna Star, has said she opposed the sale at every juncture, but PBE used (in her words) "some legal gobbledygook" to go around her and purchase the property anyhow.
This is not PBE's first interaction with the orphanage. Last year, Donna requested that the company donate a small collection of electronic toys to entertain the kids. PBE turned down the request, stating that they "could not afford the loss in capital". A peculiar response, considering that the electronics company has not seen a single net loss in the past six years!
I'm glad there are no companies this heartless in real life.
This sounds like a case of legal vs. morals. (Such a thing I won't delve into.)
Although given the last line of the article, I can understand why they'd buy the orphanage.