by Jackie Bartz
Sunday, June 13, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A local coffee chain is experimenting with using social media this week to raise money for a good cause. Kaladi Brothers Coffee plans to donate the proceeds from a fundraiser using the location-based social networking website Foursquare to Anchorage police officer Jean Mills.
If you're interested in raising money for Mills, who was shot during a traffic stop Wednesday, now there's an app for that -- well, sort of. Every time you use a GPS-enabled smartphone to announce on Foursquare that you're at a Kaladi Brothers cafe, the company will donate $1 to Mills' recovery fund.
"So now, all my friends know I'm at Saturday Market, and I'm going to tweet it on Twitter," said Kaladi Brothers' Gina Romero. "I'm going to check in, boom -- the company donates a dollar every time someone does that."
Police say 24-year-old Kenneth Robinson shot Mills during a traffic stop Wednesday morning. Just before midnight, police say Robinson turned the gun on himself, committing suicide when police tried to arrest him.