Retail Robots

They asked for robots in the retail stores
And only realized their mistake,
When they asked for a discount.

For every missing button,
For every tear,
For every stain,
The robot brain calculated, to the cent,
The cost to replace, repair, or clean.

No longer could they bully an employee into giving them a larger discount.
No longer could they appeal to the manager for a larger discount.
No longer could they hide behind “The customer is always right.”

Too late they realized
You can’t threaten a robot’s job.

The company saved millions.
The customers saved nothing.
The former employees lost everything.

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