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I Used to Write for Sports Illustrated. Now I Deliver Packages for Amazon.

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    One thing that I thought was struck by that was brought up in this article that as also mentioned in the other post about being a Cable Guy was the constant need to urinate and finding bathrooms....

    One thing that I thought was struck by that was brought up in this article that as also mentioned in the other post about being a Cable Guy was the constant need to urinate and finding bathrooms. The logistics of all of the Uber drivers, Lyft, taxis, FedEx, Postal workers, Cable people, and the whole host of other mobile service workers driving around our neighborhoods and cities without any easy way to pee is pretty crazy and not something I had not thought about before. It seems like in our increasingly mobile service industry, we should probably start investing in a heck of a lot more public bathrooms and i'll definitely be keeping that in mind and offer my bathroom to the next person who needs to come by my place to fix or install something.

    Another part of this article that I thought was interesting is that the author is well enough off that he and his successful attorney wife can afford a home and he took this menial job mostly just to have a regular paycheck for a home loan. This seemed like a huge contrast to the discussion of the woman working for the cable company and I think provided a much rosier view of his position than others would. Other than the brief comment about the racism faced by his black colleagues who are constantly in fear of cops being called on them and his constant need to pee, the author is happily chugging along as a cog in the huge corporate Amazon machine. He seems grateful for a meager $17 an hour / $35k salary to deliver people's packages and being forced to pee in the back off his truck. In fact, despite the tons of recent articles about Amazon workers forming a union to fight against the horrible conditions they face, the author completely fails to even offhandedly mention it. The whole piece seems oddly tone deaf to me and I was a little surprised to read it in the largely left-leaning publication like The Atlantic.

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