The other day I went to Wendy’s to grab lunch for my children and french fries for me. We had gone to look at a a place for us to rent in The Village (kind of like a suburb of Sedona, if you can have a suburb for a city of 10,000 people) Anyways, it seems that ‘kids’ will always be kids! I mean really The Village of Oak Creek (which they shorten and call it The Village or VOC) is a short drive approximately 6 to 10 miles from Sedona but it can be a little longer with tourist traffic and my URCHINS insisted they needed something to eat. I said it had to be quick. My URCHINS are not a fan of quick anymore. They have developed a taste for RESTAURANTS and would have gladly stopped and ate but nope, it was WENDY’S!!
So, we pull up to order, it was a drive thru excursion and this is where the fun begins!
I order Nathan’s meal first. I am asked to repeat it. I repeat. I order Maddie’s meal. I am asked to repeat it. I repeat. I order me a FRENCH FRY and DIET PEPSI. I am asked to repeat it. I repeat. And then I am asked about the amount of Diet Pepsi’s I ordered. We repeat the number of Diet Pepsi’s ordered. And, then we have the order completed.
I said, “I never know if I am talking too loud, you know those speakers or MAYBE IT IS MY MIDWESTERN ACCENT?” Yeah, I know you think it is mean. But, you all were thinking it as you read the story, right? I just wrote it down!
Anyways, after I got the “MOOOOOM!!!!” And I did the “WHAT? I don’t see you or your friends working at a fast food restaurant?”
Sidenote: By the way I did work at a fast food restaurant and so did my friends way back in the day. It is the kids today that are TOOOO GOOOOD for it. WHATEVER!
Resuming story: After my children got over the astonishment ( they weren’t overly astonished they know me but they still have to be a little stunned and then giggle and shake their heads) of me stating a FACT because when we pulled up to the window the very friendly lady was not , hmm, how shall I say this, well, she didn’t have a midwestern accent or a southern accent or a northern accent or an eastern accent or a western accent, nor did many of the workers helping her.
So, my point, oh, what was my point???
That’s right! Maddie said, to her brother, ” Hey, Nathan I bet soon we will have touchscreens to do the ordering and won’t that be cool?”
I said, “Gosh, then they will say no cash, just pull up and swipe your card!” Nathan said, “Yep, and then they will shoot your food out at you!!!
I said, “Oh, my gosh it will be the JETSON’S”!! See, I was getting to the Jetsons!!!
Now, here is the sad thing. As I thought about this much later, I thought, that is exactly how jobs are lost. Technology. No, we can’t nor should we stop it but it does change the dynamics of living and jobs. I mean think about the above scenario. If that really happened two people at every store could probably be eliminated. If they go to Touchscreens and self Paying, you could probably eliminate at least one person the shoot thingy gets rid of the second person (LOL).
Technology has been eliminating jobs for centuries and it is going to continue.
Americans need to face the facts and figure this out!!!