I take ethical exception to self-serve grocery checkout!
As an aside, nice to see I’m not alone in that. I won’t use them, ever, because I don’t want the store to get the idea that they can fire the clerks to improve profits while further torpedoing the economy.
Regarding the article, I suspect his math is off. $56,000 will pay your 4 year tuition right now at a state university close to where I live. While I filled my big rolling tool chest for considerably less than that, a lot of the tools in there would not stand up to the heavy daily use they’d see if I were doing this for a living. If I’d filled that box with SnapOn, etc, I’m guessing I’d have paid the same as that tuition and then some. And too, I don’t have to worry about some jackass at my office stealing my college degree, and my degree will never break. And if I change jobs I don’t have to call a flatbed towtruck to move my degree to my new office.
Realistically, comparing a degreed white collar professional to an automotive technician to make a point is kind of comparing apples and oranges.
Further, I dislike any argument who’s premise is based on a “Just be happy you have a job, and pitch in to do extra work without compensation” argument. If a mechanic is not getting paid when he’s not under a car, then he should not be expected to be working when he’s not under a car. Of course the shop owner will appreciate it if you do janitorial work for him - now he doesn’t have to pay someone to do it.
But in my experience, being “helpful” like that generally leads management to expect you to continue to be helpful without compensation. And if at any point you decide to point out that you’re doing all this work without pay, and maybe you should be paid, suddenly now “your attitude has changed, you’re not as good an employee as you used to be, and maybe we should part ways.” I’ve seen it happen - I’ve actually seen people get fired because they stopped doing things that were not in their job description and for which they were receiving no pay. Had they just done their job without being so “helpful” from the start, the issue never would have come up.