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I deserve UBI, and so do you. This occurred to me the other day while searching for the 4-digit code for the pineapple I was purchasing from my local grocery store.
Q: When did I become a checkout clerk?
A: Shortly after the job became automated.
A robot didn't steal the checkout clerk's job - not really. The robot distributes the checkout clerk's duties to the grocery store's customers. To you and me.
If that were my only unpaid part-time job, (1/n)
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maybe the time I spend weekly as a volunteer checkout clerk wouldn't amount to much. But that's not my only part-time unpaid job.
As an American taxpayer, it falls to me to be figure out how much to pay the State and Federal governments, with significant legal and financial penalties if I make a mistake.
Of course there are significant penalties if I make a mistake as a checkout clerk, too. A keystroke error could make a shoplifter of me.
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Those penalties pale in comparison to the consequences of my regular stint as a volunteer part-time gas station attendant. Not only do I absorb small amounts of toxins, but a lapse in attention could cause a toxic spill or even a fire.
Those aren't my only unpaid part-time gigs. I'm also a billing assistant, medical insurance clerk, patient advocate, purchasing agent, research assistant, and occasional travel agent.
But, wait! there's more!