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Show Of Hands October 16th, 2013 11:15am

Some businesses that have employed sidewalk "sign spinners" have recently begun replacing them with mannequins equipped with mechanically-moving signs. Have you ever had a job get automated out of existence?

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Gunfighter
10/16/13 5:55 pm

We'll all be replaced by technology someday. The drawbacks of technology are beginning to outweigh the benefits. Humankind will eventually invent itself out of existence.

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otto Olean, NY
10/16/13 5:41 pm

Were they automated out of existence? Or ObamaCared out of existence. If they have 3 sign-spinners and they are 3 of 52 employees, then they will certainly be gone to get below 50.

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PapaNichols North Carolina
10/16/13 4:44 pm

untill they can automate construction I'll be safe in my carpentry skill set

rcgrant south carolina
10/16/13 4:19 pm

haven't ran across a machine that can repair broken pipes.
and so far not one that takes out nuisance animals. so for now I am safe

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RepubIican South east
10/16/13 3:50 pm

Definitely. In high school I was a dishwasher at a local restaurant and I was outsourced by a mechanical dishwasher.

I didn't mind really, that's life.

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nascar1212122 Hawaii
10/16/13 3:24 pm

No machine can best a 16 year old at making pancakes for a summer job. no machine.

hapiotter2 Utah
10/16/13 2:56 pm

The job was automated after I left it. I was a file clerk at a court house. Most legal docs are on computers now.

Nirvanaadict Grungeopolis
10/16/13 2:48 pm

I am a musician. Pop is slowly putting me out of business. Save punk

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ravens1 Birdland
10/16/13 2:22 pm

yea vibraters took me out of work

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rcgrant south carolina
10/16/13 4:16 pm

dang thought I was the only one.
nice to see I was wrong.

wilgeno Saint Paul, MN
10/16/13 1:31 pm

No, but I've written enough code to replace people's jobs.

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theNobamist Silicon Valley
10/16/13 1:07 pm

No. I get replaced by lower-wage H1 imports who do crap quality work.

mcable Restoring Zukos Honor
10/16/13 11:20 am

I work in technology, and if I don't obsolete myself every year or 2 and start providing new usefulness to my employer, I am not doing my job correctly.

EarlyBird Portland
10/16/13 9:36 am

It's happening more and more. We can't stop it, we can only adapt.

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Injectable Trump Killed Babbitt
10/16/13 8:56 am

Isn't this the same as giant inflatable wavy arm guy?

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Rainey 633 Stag Trail Road
10/16/13 8:48 am

Those things are creepy!

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bkcrt California
10/16/13 7:54 am

If your job can be eliminated through automation, then it's time to work on your skill set.

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rlc63 North Carolina
10/16/13 9:37 am

Oh that's harsh

But it may be true.

Injectable Trump Killed Babbitt
10/16/13 10:09 am

It may not be as well. Plenty of people who make thing by hand that are massed produced. They usually sell for more money as well. You can print a million copies of a picture to hang in a hotel, but you still need artists.

rlc63 North Carolina
10/16/13 10:24 am

Yes. I agree with your statement as well pomp

theNobamist Silicon Valley
10/16/13 1:09 pm

No, they'll just work in some govt office like IRS, Medicare, Obamacare, DMV...

Squidboy Snarkapottamus
10/16/13 7:44 am

Nope, just the opposite. I sell software that automates jobs out of existence. You're either the hammer or the nail in this economy.

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azpride Arizona
10/16/13 7:44 am

Those mannequins are CREEPY, and badly dressed

Br@ndon Your Soul
10/16/13 7:23 am

I used to be an elevator operator. Not!

Spiritof76 USA 1776
10/16/13 7:20 am

Hopefully they found more meaningful work for the former spinners and didn't just kick them to the curb (sorry, couldn't resist).

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pisomojado
10/16/13 7:19 am

I had a summer job at a bank where I counted the number of checks in each statement.

arborfamilia on top of the hill
10/16/13 7:07 am

Yes, but I did the automating, so I was thrilled when it happened.

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davidwhite1 Building it Bigger
10/16/13 6:56 am

No...
But I have built plenty of automated systems that have replaced personnel

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pinkyusuck The Carribean. I wish.
10/16/13 6:27 am

Really?!? It's already a crappy job, now folks can't even get that for work?

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april4175 Florida
10/16/13 6:24 am

I'm thinking of 2 particular examples...the pizza sign spinnners and the people dressed up as the statue of liberty for a tax place!

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april4175 Florida
10/16/13 6:25 am

They are both very annoying-but they got my attention...

PeppyHare Do a barrel roll
10/16/13 6:36 am

Have you ever actually gone in to buy from one of those places?

april4175 Florida
10/16/13 7:54 am

No, but I certainly recognized that they had changed over to a mannequin!

jdengel
10/16/13 6:21 am

I bet if minimum wage was $11 an hour these businesses would be more inclined to hire them

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jdengel
10/16/13 6:21 am

(Sarcasm)

PeppyHare Do a barrel roll
10/16/13 5:41 am

Sign spinners shouldn't exist, it's just annoying.

TomM
10/16/13 5:59 am

Some people actually make a job out of it. Would it better for them to be unemployed.

suppressedID Happy Year of Tiger
10/16/13 6:20 am

You can't legislate good taste. Somebody will always pervert it.

PeppyHare Do a barrel roll
10/16/13 6:35 am

I've never bought anything off one of those places... The one near me is a cash for gold place and some pizza chain

rlc63 North Carolina
10/16/13 5:38 am

Do sign spinners actually benefit the companies anyway? Just dumb. I'm not going to suddenly turn into a parking lot because I see a guy with a sign.

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TomM
10/16/13 6:01 am

I'm sure the businesses who use them have considered that. And if one of them haven't, who cares, it's a private business and a worker made some money.

beanD California
10/16/13 7:33 am

If people are doing it, it must benefit them somehow.

wigjones55
10/16/13 8:00 am

When my store first started using a sign spinner our sales increased $1,000 a week.

rlc63 North Carolina
10/16/13 9:36 am

Ok. Don't attack me guys. I'm all for businesses doing well and hiring more workers.
They just don't sway me at all.

Jamin Winsted
10/16/13 5:26 am

Kind of... I watch high risk patients at a hospital (mostly suicidal, but some are just fall risk). 1 floor put all patients on a tv so they don't have to pay 1 person per high risk patient. (Big shocker that patients are falling more)

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TomM
10/16/13 4:34 am

This is basic economics. When pay go up, jobs get automated. Employee costs are so high in CA now that the Golden Gate Bridge has no attendants at the toll booths. It's all automated. With ObamaCare and higher minimum wages it's going to continue.

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FollowYourBliss Never Happy, Ever After
10/16/13 4:31 am

Oh, they can't automate my job ;) take that however you want.

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swjboucher Just Run
10/16/13 4:29 am

I have not but I know many who have and although that sucks and can also help that business compete and stay afloat.

ScottyDoesNo DailyWire.com
10/16/13 4:21 am

I've got friends that are losing their jobs thanks to ObamaCare. Lots of them in fact.

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Liberty 4,032,064
10/16/13 4:22 am

Me too, but you've at least gotta relate it to the question.

ScottyDoesNo DailyWire.com
10/16/13 4:28 am

And when have you ever known me to do that?!

Liberty 4,032,064
10/16/13 4:29 am

On occasion.

DavesNotHere where am I
10/16/13 5:12 am

You have friends?

Squidboy Snarkapottamus
10/16/13 1:19 pm

Send your recently martyred friends to Oregon, we can hook them up with a job pumping gas for our exorbitant minimum wage.

ScottyDoesNo DailyWire.com
10/16/13 1:26 pm

ha ha will do my friend, I forgot that segment of your market is going strong!

Squidboy Snarkapottamus
10/16/13 1:28 pm

Seriously though, I'm curious. What kind of jobs does the ACA eliminate?