Google has announced that trials of its new "Glass" spectacle-mounted computer will be carried out not by employees, but by members of the public paying almost £900 for the privilege. The glasses go on sale later this month for one day only, as the company fears that, no matter how much it spends on making this "opportunity" seem prestigious, there may not be enough suckers out there to keep selling into day 2.
However, the software giant hopes eventually to phase out the practice of paying "wages" to people who perform valuable services for the company - also known as "work". Said Vice-President of Blatant Rip-Offs Angela Jones yesterday: "We already know that most of the world will pay over the odds to wear a t-shirt with a marketing slogan for a company on it. So let's take this further. Paying your workers is such a twentieth-century communist idea. We see a future where clients will queue up to strategically align themselves with our brand values - by paying through the nose to do menial jobs for us. What's not to like?".
Jones was unavailable for further comments today, as her post had been taken over for the next 3 weeks by a gap year student paying £5000 for the privilege.