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When the new warehouse opened this spring, workers found that their jobs were less physically demanding than at the previous, manual warehouse in Edison, New Jersey. And rather than cutting jobs, the company added a third shift to keep up with rapidly growing demand.
Then there's REALITY:
"Less physically demanding" = monotonous, mind-numbing.
"Added a Third Shift" = Shift Work Disorder.
And there are STATISTICS
So now, like Mark Twain, we have "Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics".
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But, but - wouldn't it be fun to be a robot's assistant, or at better yet, be the one who trains the robot's assistant? How cool is that!
Or, as the young Loblaws cashier said, you could try to get into police school, or join the military and "see the [traumatised] world".
Or how about being a cashier/warehouse/floor clerk at Canadian Tire? Or you could drive a courier truck to deliver online purchases - that is, until Amazon is allowed to use its own drones to drop your stuff (splat) at your door.
Once upon a time, Yours Truly had Amazon fever. Suffered a little bit of guilt about not supporting local business, but there was so much choice at Amazon, and the prices were so good, and there was such amazing human support. I absolutely loved the chat feature if I ran into a problem; the responders were always so caring, so eager to help.
In fact, most of my problems were with the unionized courier companies - including (especially) Canada Post drivers - who took out their chronic disgruntlement on the package recipients, by not delivering on the day they said they would, or by fibbing that customers weren't at home on the scheduled delivery day so they could just dump all the packages at the storefront pickup place.
Seeing how often this sort of thing happened, the joy fizzled out of my Amazon experience, and I began to wake up. If I had to go on foot to pick up my purchase, why the heck wasn't I buying locally?
Then Jeff Bezos himself ended my dilemma. He bragged and it was reported on many, many news sites - because he was, well, Jeff Bezos for pete's sake, the new next thing to God hisself - that anyone who didn't pay an annual fee (Prime membership) to speed up delivery and cover shipping costs (as opposed to cleverly buying enough stuff to get free shipping), would be considered "irresponsible". Well, like it says in the song (YouTube), I realized I had been "irresponsibly mad" for online shopping.
The account closure process (once you find where it is) is simple, but the responses were curt - so unlike the sugary ones to which I had grown accustomed.
Thereafter I made a concerted effort to support local business.
Well, Sears was a bust (they never did put the customer first), and WalMart is out unless absotively necessary. So I checked out Canada Computers because The Source was way too expensive, and had already shut down its closest outlet. Like Canadian Tire, you can browse CC's products online, then shop for them at your closest storefront (which means a fairly long walk for me, but it's good exercise). EXCEPT that the thing I wanted (an eReader) was only available as an online purchase. Back to square one!
I won't bore you with what transpired when I caved and ordered online. Sufficent to say I will never, ever do that again. If you want to see what others are saying, here's just one of the complaint sites.
I'm going to try Staples next. Lots of selection and good prices, although the cost of a bus trip to the foot of downtown is included.
Question: Why is CTV pandering so blatantly to Amazon? There's a word for that.
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