CNN has a report up this morning about Chen Xiao, a woman in China who’s figured out this whole “worldwide financial crisis” thing. Since December, she’s been allowing Chinese Internet users to contract her services through her online shop for $3 an hour. She seems open to whatever anyone requests, as long as it’s not illegal, immoral, or, you know, gross. “When I first started there was this man who would send me these really disgusting text messages.” she says.
Mostly, her job sounds like running errands. She’s been asked to do everything from getting pet food to taking pictures at the birth of a baby. She’s not sure how long she’ll keep it up but says, “If somebody asks you to do something, something simple, and you do it, it can make you very happy. You can change from a gloomy person to a very bright one. It can help give you a new sense of self-esteem.” I don’t know about you, but I think this story sounds like the perfect premise for an old-school TV series about a young woman running around solving people’s problems — sort of like Highway to Heaven without the angels. What do you think? Is her plan crazy, or sweet and kind of genius?