Mike and Darcy spent an hour weaving through the crowd at the grocery store to pick a few items. When they grabbed the final thing on their list, they made a b-line for the cashiers.
“Hey, they have self-checkout,” exclaimed Mike. He started scanning items and placing them in bags.
“What are you doing? We don’t use those,” said Darcy.
“They pay cashiers for that,” said Darcy.
“This is easier.”
“We’re not employees. When we use self-checkout it’s like we’re being one for free.”
“So?” asked Mike.
“We’re taking away jobs from hardworking people.”
Mike’s face contorted into a skeptical expression. “How hard working are they if it’s this easy for us to do the same thing?”
“You know what I mean.”
“I really don’t,” said Mike, pointing to the computer screen in front of him. “I mean, this is about technology and advancement. Menial tasks should be done by computers.”
“What about the human cost? What about the lives of people who depend on these jobs?” demanded Darcy.
“That comes with the territory. There are lots of jobs that existed a hundred years ago that we don’t even think about now. In another hundred years, people will look back on cashiers and wonder how we ever did that,” said Mike.
Darcy scowled. “You’re cold.”
“Hardly. I’m embracing the future.”
“A future with fewer people.”
Mike smiled. “When computers take over the world, I hope they remember that I sided with them.”