Check your privilege! iOS app will split bills based on your sex and race


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Dividing up the bill just got a whole lot less comfortable.
Screenshot: EquiPay

Anyone who eats out with friends has likely used their iPhone to split the bill at some point, perhaps making a few extra pluses or minuses according to whether your friend ordered the gold-plated lobster thermidor while you went for a salad and a glass of water.

But a new iOS app in the making promises to make bill-paying a whole lot more contentious: by splitting it based on the race and gender of those people eating at the same table.

Because why should billionaire Oprah Winfrey have to pay the same amount as my pallid white Cult of Android friend, Killian Bell?

Diversity-tracking app EquiPay is the work of Luna Malbroux, a “diversity educator” who wanted to create a tool based on the supposed privileges and disadvantages faced by individuals depending on their gender and ethnic background. The calculations are based on the most recently-available government statistics, looking at average earning differences between groups.

“Equipay helps you avoid the entrenched discrimination that exists in our society,” the website reads. “It doesn’t split the bill equally—it splits it equitably. You pay what you should to balance out the wage gap.”

Don’t worry if you disagree with how you’ve been assessed, however, because there’s the opportunity to protest a specific bill by adding an “excuse,” such as the fact that you’re unusually unattractive,   or you are already aware of the way that society looks favourably upon you.

EquiPay was created for this year’s Comedy Hack Day, staged by a firm which believes, “humor combined with slick design and a creative use of technology can make complicated ideas more understandable and products more fun.”

It’s not clear exactly when it’s likely to be released, but the EquiPay website promises that an iOS app is “coming soon.” So enjoy your equal splitting of the bill while you can!

Via: Daily Mail