Now, how about that free haircut?

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It's not the first complaint from a writer who was asked to work for free, but Tim Kreider's op-ed in the New York Times appears to have struck a chord, with more than 600 comments so far: "People who would consider it a bizarre breach of conduct to expect anyone to give them a haircut or a can of soda at no cost will ask you, with a straight face and a clear conscience, whether you wouldn’t be willing to write an essay or draw an illustration for them for nothing."