*My cleanup fee rant*
(not aimed at a single lovely person here on this board)(well maybe lonsomebri, but I feel lost and forlorn if I can't single him out, our Dear Leader, long live the BRCCP!)
So it's about the Benjamin's after all?
Pay X amount of dollars and drive out without a care in the world if you got deep enough pockets vis-a-vis the cleanup deposit!
In my humble opinion (sorry Ratty) camp dues goes towards camp infrastructure and expenses. It doesn't line anyone's pocket.
I'm sure everyone here on the board chases moop all over the playa all week long. And I'm not saying that sarcastically; you all here are the best and brightest of Burning Man IMO. You chase moop all week long. You encourage other's to chase moop by teaching and by example. I don't believe any of you do it expecting payment or a Larry's best moop hunter trophy
(ok a best moop chaser trophy handed out by Larry woulda been kinda cool)
Where and how exactly does a camp spend cleanup fees? Cleanup Sherpas? Cleanup rally bunnies? Do camps hire an OSS crew to come in after everyone's gone and get the job done?
Sure it could be noble, say donating all cleanup fees to the Burning Man Art Foundation or a local Native American tribe but I'm willing to guess that's generally a big no.
It lines someone's pocket as shekels earned for doing work they feel someone else should be doing. It's righteous. It's honorable and that will teach them to drive off without contributing!
How about camps don't invite anyone they don't want to cleanup after for free? Or as a gift? Or just cause they care about how their camp leaves the playa and not what their moop map looks like for next year? An act of love to the Playa itself so-to-speak?
Any fee that ends up in someone's pocket reeks of commodification to me. Where does it start? More importantly, where does it end?