Out of the three major sectors of the economy—agriculture, manufacturing, and service—two are already largely automated. Farm labor, which about half the American workforce used to do, now comprises around 2 percent of American jobs. And we all know the rust belt song and dance, beat out to outsourcing and mechanization. Which is largely why some 80 percent of all American jobs are service jobs. And this year, quietly but in the open, the robots and their investors came for them, too. There’s a case to be made that 2018 is the year automation took its biggest lunge forward toward our largest pool of human labor: Amazon opened five cashier-less stores; three in Seattle, one in Chicago, and one in San Francisco. Self-ordering kiosks invaded fast food and franchise restaurants in a big way. Smaller robot-centric outfits like the long-awaited auto-burger joint Creator opened, too, and so did a number of others. In Las Vegas, our service job mecca, hotels’ and … [Read more...] about This Was the Year the Robot Takeover of Service Jobs Began
Room service delivered
By the end of this year I will have spent more than half of it traveling, most often staying in hotel rooms. So, I’ve developed a bit of a… routine. One of the first things I do when I check into a hotel room, after I immediately drink all the free water bottles (flight dehydration is real!), is fill out the door hanger for room service breakfast in the morning, requesting it arrive roughly an hour before I need to leave the hotel in the morning. I do it first because I’m probably going to be out late and I don’t want to run the risk of forgetting to fill it out later. There was a time where I considered ordering room service anything as a luxury that only rich lazy people did, but it’s become a staple for me for a number of reasons: A Food Alarm Clock While you can certainly answer the door in your PJs to collect your room service, it’s not something I’m going to do. I don’t need to be in full makeup ready to walk out the door to deal … [Read more...] about Why You Should Always Order Room Service Breakfast on Business Trips
“You know how wrong you have to be about politics for me to notice?” “I’m not an actor, I’m a [rap, movie] star!” Rapper and rising actress (or “Asian trumpet player turned rapper turned actress,” as she described herself) Awkwafina finished off her brief monologue by telling the story of when, back in 2000, she waited outside 30 Rockefeller Center to get a glimpse of Lucy Liu when Liu hosted Saturday Night Live. Knowing her tender age and the fact that she didn’t have a ticket would combine to deny her a chance to see the actual show, Awkwafina told the audience that it was still a meaningful moment, one that “totally changed what [she] thought was possible for an Asian American woman.” It’s a sweet story with the unspoken bitter aftertaste that the Oceans 8 and Crazy Rich Asians star is the first Asian American woman to host SNL in the intervening 18 years. Still, she ended her own entry into the … [Read more...] about Awkwafina makes her dream come true, hosting a serviceable
The Salty Waitress Salty Waitress is The Takeout’s advice column from a real-life waitress that will teach you how not to behave like a garbage person while dining out—and maybe in real life. Dear Salty, I travel a lot for business and recently got assigned to a client in a podunk town with hardly any non-fast-food restaurants. The last two trips there, I’ve just ended up ordering hotel room service because it’s easy and the food was pretty decent. I’m wondering how much I’m supposed to tip on room service delivery, though. Should I tip like a normal restaurant (20 percent) or like a pizza delivery where you just give the delivery guy a few bucks? My company’s dinner per diem is $40 so I usually end up ordering about that much food—should I tip $8 or just a few bucks in cash? Thanks, Hey Guy, I can see how this tipping situation could be tricky. On one hand, yeah, it’s food from the hotel’s restaurant delivered by a … [Read more...] about Ask The Salty Waitress: How much should I tip on hotel room service?
Several months after it first made history, the indie wrestling supershow “All In” is here. On Saturday night, the much-hyped, self-funded brainchild of Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks will, after months upon months of speculation and buzz and promotion and noise, finally become real in front of over 10,000 fans at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. If you’ve heard of All In, it’s because of what Rhodes and the Bucks have already accomplished—the event sold out in just under half an hour, with exactly one match announced; outside of WWE and Turner Broadcasting’s defunct WCW, nobody had sold 10,000 tickets to an American wrestling show in almost 25 years. What made All In’s instant success so amazing was the fact that it was more or less entirely the result of enthusiasm generated online, albeit whipped up by contract wrestlers that enjoy bigger platforms than most of their independent peers. It has been clear for some time … [Read more...] about All In Sold Out Fast. Now It Has To Deliver.