- Jun 2014
It probably doesn't help in this instantaneous society, often void of courtesy, that customers today are so demanding and rude. I'll admit I don't like to wait for customer service much today, something I had no problem doing years ago. I don't know if this is a function of my transition into the instantaneous era or one of chronological age, or both. So who wants to pump gas when people are yelling at you and if you say anything back in this hyper sensitive society in which we live, you will be promptly fired and the owner will follow with the mandatory mea culpa, sincere or not.I do worry about automation and people losing jobs because of it, because I do believe that work is good for the soul. The problem is, many people today have grown accustomed to not working and certainly not working hard. So, how many people are jumping at a job to pump gas? Especially if the wage is set by the market. I was at my local supermarket yesterday. They still had the same sign up at the deli which has been there for weeks: hiring for the deli at $10/hour. The cost of living for my area is quite low. A good entry job perhaps. Are you going to pay $20 for somebody to run a slicer? Then what will be the cost of your deli meats and cheese? I am not sure how many would do it for $20/hour.