Actually, a lot of the apartments around here also include basic cable in the package too. And due to monopolies, even if you could afford and wanted to pay money for a different cable company, or a sattelite dish, you're not allowed to.
About the only apartments I've lived in that didn't included at least basic cable as part of the rent were the Slumlord Deluxe (tm) places. One was a house built in the 1930s that was made of plaste and lathe walls and had squirrels in the roof. The other one was the bottom half of a duplex built in the 1960s that had clapboard shingles on the outside and a palmetto bug infestation that no number of calls to pest control could ever fix.
Ironically, our rent for that 1930s house was $1000 a month and the mortgage on our brand new, much nicer owned house is $660, including the escrow payments for insurance.
The crappy house was condemned by the county shortly after we moved out, and the owners were forced to do extensive repairs and rennovations in order to continue renting it out. ******** government regulations![/sm] Come to think of it, it didn't have a dishwasher either.
Edit: The "poor people shouldn't have cell phones" one always gets me, especially those who are homeless. How do you expect them to get a job if they can't get any phone calls? Most of the time, the homeless or indigent won't qualify for the contract based phone providers, so they're pre-paying for a lower quality of service and they had to pay cash up front for their phone, to boot. I'm not going to hold it against someone for paying $50 cash for a feature phone from MetroPCS and $40 a month for unlimited calls with no data plan. If you have no job, that $40 a month IS an investment.
Edited, Sep 21st 2011 1:36pm by catwho
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