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Chad Johnson Saves Random Twitter Follower From Eviction By Paying His Rent

Chad Johnson is making headlines this weekend for a good deed.

The athlete began by asking everyone how their Friday was going, but ended up saving a follower from eviction by paying his rent on the spot.

See how it all unfolded over Twitter below:

He then showed Chad the notice (which has since been deleted) and Chad came through.


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Got Unused Baby Gear? Rent It Out With These Services to Make Extra Cash

Stay-at-home mom Manuela Madrid needed to make some extra money for her family, so she started searching Google for “jobs for stay-at-home moms” to see if anything seemed appealing. Eventually, a baby gear rental service called BabyQuip appeared in her results.

Services like BabyQuip allow families to rent strollers, car seats, cribs and other baby items when traveling instead of lugging around their own gear. Madrid, 37, who lives in Brandon, Florida, near Tampa, had collected baby equipment over the years while raising her two children, now ages 5 and 1. She decided after doing some research that listing her gear to rent would be perfect for her.

Madrid says on average she works less than 12 hours per month, getting two rental orders and earning between $ 120 and $ 180 with each fulfillment. So if you’re a parent with some baby equipment you’re not using, here’s what you need to know to become a baby-gear renter.

How Baby Gear Rental Services Work

A woman unloads a crib from her car

When a family places a rental order with a service like BabyQuip, a local provider — an independent contractor — receives the reservation request.

These orders vary in quantity and type of gear. Each reservation includes a delivery charge, and every item has a specific per-day rental rate. Madrid says a typical order consists of portable cribs and car seats, but it can also include strollers, high chairs and playpens.

On the day of the order, the provider loads up their car with the equipment and delivers it to a predetermined location such as an airport, hotel, Airbnb or private residence. Madrid says she helps set up more complex items, like cribs, if the renter or the Airbnb host is there. Otherwise, she leaves them at the front door or check-in desk.

At the end of the rental period, the provider collects the items and takes them home to be cleaned before the next rental.

Rafi Zait has witnessed the growth of the industry since founding Traveling Baby Company in 2004. Despite an uptick in awareness, he says many people still don’t know this service exists.

“The main reason is that unless you have (a) small children, and (b) [are] traveling somewhere, you’re not going to think about it,” says Zait, 48, who is now a Traveling Baby Company customer manager and company affiliate based in Los Angeles and Orange County, California.

Kristen Knorr was one of those people who didn’t know the industry existed until about a year ago. She discovered stroller rental services when researching websites in preparation for a family vacation to Disneyland. Space was limited in her family vehicle, so she opted to place a reservation and leave the stroller at their home in Provo, Utah.

When Knorr’s family arrived at their hotel near Disneyland, a double stroller from City Stroller Rentals was waiting for them at the front desk. “That was really great, and it was a better stroller than the one we had [at home],” she says.

Having the double stroller made a three-day Disney trip with a then 2 ½-year-old and a 9-month old easier. When it was time to drive back to Utah, Knorr left the stroller at the front desk for the baby-gear service to pick up. In the past, Knorr says, she would bring her own baby gear on trips but is now open to renting, especially when her family goes back to Disneyland in February.

What Are the Pay and Hours Like?

A woman sets up a crib

Madrid and Zait both say they earn 80% of each order, and their companies keep a 20% service fee.

Zait says there are many factors that go into how much someone can earn, such as the affiliate’s location, overall demand and competition. He says the business is busier during the summer and holidays, and order requests are higher in major cities and near popular tourist attractions.

An affiliate with Zait’s company can spend about three to four hours per average week delivering, picking up and cleaning the equipment and more than 10 hours a week during the holidays. A typical affiliate with his company can make between $ 800 and $ 1,200 per month.

Madrid says she receives an average of two orders per month and spends between eight and 12 hours fulfilling orders around the Tampa Bay area. In addition to the 80% take on each reservation, she gets to keep 100% of the delivery fees.

Some Baby Gear Companies to Consider

Now that you know the basics of what to expect doing the job, here are some of the best baby gear companies to consider joining. These are companies with a national presence, but there are more companies out there. Zait says most of the industry consists of mom-and-pop providers that operate in smaller areas, such as a specific city. So also consider checking if there is a company in your area that may need extra help delivering gear.

Babies Getaway

Founded in 2012, Babies Getaway’s services are available in every city in the continental United States, according to its website. Click here to find out how to become a partner with the company. The application asks which city you wish to service, whether you have a secure location in which to store the equipment and how far you are willing to drive for deliveries.


BabyQuip has providers in 48 states, plus Washington, D.C., and Canada. An initial sign-up fee of $ 100 covers your administrative expenses, general liability insurance and your first month of insurance coverage. Click here to sign up and learn more about BabyQuip.


GoBaby began in New York City before expanding nationally in 2016. Now the company operates in 35 states, according to its website. Equipment owners snap pictures of their gear and list it on the goBaby marketplace for renters to reserve. Click here to find out more.

Traveling Baby Company

Traveling Baby Company currently operates in 30 locations in 15 states, plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Zait says people interested in becoming an affiliate can contact the company via email at or call 800-304-4866 to set up a phone interview.

Matt Reinstetle is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. He covers side hustles and the gig economy. Follow him on Twitter @MattReinstetle.

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‘Some Like it Pop’ (?) Episode 5.1: The Good, the Bad, the Emotional of ‘RENT: Live-ish’

Listen Here: Hello Pop Culture RENT heads! On this episode of what may or may not still be called “Some Like It Pop,” after nearly 11 months, Matt Tamanini and Jennifer McHugh get back to podcasting because one of their shared favorite musicals was broadcast semi-live on national television. As only read more


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Fox’s Pre-recorded Rent: Live Never Lit Its Candle

There are plenty of reasons not to stage a live, nationally televised performance of Rent in 2019. Though inspired by the timeless Puccini opera La Bohème, the 25-year-old story hasn’t exactly aged well—a relic of an era when HIV was presumed to be a death sentence; when selling out was a sin (rather than an impossibility) for young artists; when pop culture rarely made space for LGBT identities; and when a playwright could get away with making two straight, white men the heroes of a show about gentrification and AIDS. Rent’s first screen adaptation, from 2005, flopped, despite reuniting most of the original Broadway cast. Meanwhile, in a reality that would have disturbed Rent‘s DIY-or-die characters, broadcast networks’ recent enthusiasm for live musicals has been more effective at getting viewers to watch TV in real time than at producing good art. To paraphrase the show: This is network television. Bohemia is dead.

But there was a more pressing reason why Fox should have thought twice before airing Rent: Live on Sunday: Toward the end of Saturday’s dress rehearsal, Brennin Hunt, the actor who played the central role of rocker and recovering addict Roger Davis, broke his right foot. There was no understudy. So, instead of postponing the event it had been hyping for months, the network showed mostly dress rehearsal footage—a decision the cast explained in a confusing video that preceded the first commercial break. (At least, I think it was the first break. Full disclosure: I missed the opening 10 minutes of the show due to a brief, mysterious Fox outage that was reported throughout the New York City area.)

Like most musicals, Rent has a simple plot: It’s Christmas in the early 1990s. Roger and his introverted filmmaker roommate Mark (Disney channel alum Jordan Fisher) are desperate for rent money after a run-in with their sellout pal-turned-landlord Benjamin Coffin III (actor and R&B artist Mario), who’s cut their electricity. The racially and sexually diverse bohemian population of their East Village neighborhood rises up in an extremely artsy protest against such greed. And over the year that follows, the guys and their friends have life-shaking encounters with love, sickness and loss.

That story doesn’t leave much room for confusion, yet if I hadn’t known it going in, the jittery cuts, dizzying camera angles and abbreviated spoken dialogue that plagued Rent: Not-So-Live might’ve lost me. Hyperactive editing rarely allowed for a moment’s pause for reaction shots or to let songs sink in. A swooping Steadicam killed the emotional impact of the show’s most melancholy number, “Will I?” Though the relatively sparse stage did improve upon the 2005 film’s bizarre approximation of Alphabet City, its sprawl made for some whiplash-inducing production numbers. Well-intentioned educational asides about the AIDS crisis and about Rent’s creator, Jonathan Larson, who died suddenly on the eve of its Off-Broadway premiere in 1996, detracted from what was happening between the characters.

The cast wasn’t entirely right, either. Kiersey Clemons has won raves for playing characters who are young and still figuring things out in movies like Dope and Hearts Beats Loud. But the 25-year-old actor didn’t have the gravitas of older performers who have played lesbian lawyer Joanne. RuPaul’s Drag Race star Valentina gave her all to the role of Angel—an exuberant drag queen who has Rent’s most wrenching arc—but didn’t have the voice to do justice to tough songs like “Today 4 U” and “I’ll Cover You.” Perhaps because the cast was saving its strength for a live show that barely happened, the only vocal performance that equaled that of the Broadway cast came from Brandon Victor Dixon, the Tony nominee who played radical philosopher Tom Collins. (There’s no matching Idina Menzel, who originated the role of flamboyant performance artist Maureen, but Vanessa Hudgens deserves lots of credit for nailing the character’s big “Over the Moon” solo.)

The transition felt more jarring than it should have when Sunday’s airing finally went live for the final few numbers, as though the actors had abruptly shifted out of autopilot. The return of the Broadway cast for a final “Seasons of Love” reprise added another jolt of energy, even as it heightened the sense that Rent had aged out of relevance and into the realm of nostalgia. And though Hunt did remarkably well for a guy with a freshly broken bone, it wasn’t right that he had to sit on a table with a giant cast on his foot for the duration of his climactic scene. In fact, it was unfair to the whole cast that Fox aired this slapdash substitute for a show about artistic integrity. We’ll never know whether a genuinely live version would have come closer to preserving the urgency of Larson’s beloved musical, but it certainly would’ve had a better excuse for showing so many seams.

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‘Rent Live’ goes pretaped after star breaks foot


No day but today.

Sunday night’s performance of Rent on Fox was forced to go with pre-taped footage for a majority of the show, following star Brennin Hunt (Roger) sustaining a broken foot toward the end of yesterday’s dress rehearsal.

About 10 minutes into the high-energy show, Fox aired a message from the cast, which includes Vanessa Hudgens and Brandon Victor Dixon, noting Hunt’s accident and explaining that they would be forced to use primarily taped footage from the dress rehearsal (which was recorded in front of its own studio audience). 

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