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Angry bro wants to know why the barista refused to serve him while he had his headphones in. The Salty Waitress etiquette columnist explains: "THE CASHIER IS A HUMAN BEING! JUST LIKE YOU!"

RT @doctorow@twitter.com

Ask The Salty Waitress: Why do I have to remove my AirPods to order coffee? thetakeout.com/can-i-wear-airp

🐦🔗: twitter.com/doctorow/status/12

"And like you (probably) they would like your full and undivided attention while you ask them to perform a service for you."

A lot of Mom-as-a-Service tech startups seemed to be using low-waged workers as a stand-in for the allegedly inevitable robots who would some day do the work (think: Uber).

But but the actual direction of travel is the other way: treating low-waged workers as if they were robots: (think: Uber's "please ask the driver not to talk to me" checkbox in the app).

It reminds me of @Annaleen@twitter.com's fantastic debut novel Autonomous, where she posits that having human-like robots that we can enslave will not free people from drudgery, but, rather, shift our morals to make enslaving humans acceptable too

(a similar theme runs through @MadelineAshby@twitter.com's novel vN, with even more disturbing overtones of sexual violence)

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