posted on Apr, 28 2014 @ 09:48 AM
I just read this article and made me think a little bit deeper on the easy world we live in, have you ever got an overnight deliver? How does amazon
manage to get to you those 1 buck (insert the random item you wanted so bad here), well they promise soon will be delivered by drones like this:
But now they are handle by these kind of drones:
Meet The Real Amazon Drones
At least five days a week, Myron Ballard races around Washington, D.C., with a cargo van full of Amazon Prime packages. A career delivery driver
with 20 years behind the wheel, Ballard typically gets paid $1.50 for each address he visits. If he delivers 150 Amazon boxes -- a fairly routine
number -- he can pull in $225. Not bad for a day's work.
That is, until he starts tallying up all his out-of-pocket costs. Ballard works for an Amazon contractor called LaserShip. He's technically an
"independent contractor," not an employee, meaning all of the costs stemming from the deliveries fall on him rather than on LaserShip or Amazon.
Ballard had to purchase the cargo van he drives for work. He doesn't get reimbursed for the wear and tear he puts on it; for the gasoline he pours
into it on a near-daily basis; for the auto insurance he needs to carry; or for the parking tickets he inevitably racks up downtown. He doesn't even
get reimbursed for the LaserShip uniform he's obliged to purchase and wear.
So most couriers companies delivery people are not employed, they are independent contractors that have no benefits, they earn for packet delivery and
not by time, all cost are on their end, if their transport breaks down repairing fees are on them, and on top of that the companies charge them fees
Some of these deductions are on the smaller side, like a $6 weekly "administrative" fee, ostensibly to cover the cost of paperwork and the pay
stub itself. Others are more considerable, like a $23 weekly "insurance" fee, separate from the driver's own auto insurance. The "radio" rental,
covering the hand-held computer drivers use to scan boxes they deliver, costs another $22.50 per week. Numerous drivers told HuffPost they have no
choice but to lease it from the company.
That means that over the course of a year, a driver could pay as much as $1,170 for the privilege of renting a piece of equipment that the company
requires him or her to use.
And all this so you can get your package in no time for a cheap price. read the article its very nice and show you a part of the world you most likely
interact with and never give it a thought or two.
The way we live in cannot be sustained, maybe Goggle and Amazon knows this and are making a push to introduce the mechanic slaves that will replace
people like the delivery guy quickly, after all he is just a flesh and bones slave in the modern society
edit on 28-4-2014 by Indigent because:
ATS ate a part of my post :O