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This Cab Drivers Suicide Should Haunt Everybody in the Gig Economy

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- 524 days ago -
Doug Schifter drove a livery cab for most of his adult life. On Monday morning, Schifter stood before City Hall, placed a shotgun to his head and pulled the trigger. Prior to his suicide, he published a lengthy post on Facebook.


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Sue H (7)
Friday February 9, 2018, 8:27 am
Heartbreaking. Prayers Up for Doug and his family.

Pat B (354)
Friday February 9, 2018, 8:40 am
Yes, this is...indeed very tragic and most heartbreaking news.
Prayers up to and for Doug, and his family.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Friday February 9, 2018, 8:55 am

Darren Woolsey (218)
Friday February 9, 2018, 11:55 am
Very sad and tragic.+

Animae C (508)
Friday February 9, 2018, 3:40 pm
OMG!!!! How horrific!!!!
The dear poor man, he became a martyr to bring attention to this BS!!!

And it will only get much worse with driverless cabs!!!

TY Sheryl

Animae C (508)
Friday February 9, 2018, 3:41 pm
Does trump's unstable public behavior render him too dangerous for office?
What do you think?

i voted YES of course!

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Colleen L (3)
Friday February 9, 2018, 5:31 pm
So heartbreaking. R.I.P. Doug. My thoughts and prayers go for his family. Thanks Sheryl

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday February 10, 2018, 4:13 am
yes he did Animae - this is what is happening across this Country in too many jobs now. People working from sunrise to sunset, day after day, with no time off and still can't make it. Once more our leadership didn't do a thing to protect workers - just allow whatever the markets will allow, which is a race to the bottom in wages.

Evelyn B (63)
Saturday February 10, 2018, 4:33 am
The driverless car will be an even worse challenge - until & unless they cause many accidents.
It might be that wages will be pushed up for drivers who manage to keep their jobs, though: charging more for "human driver", and capacity to assist passengers ...

Which doesn't change the fact that many drivers will find themselves without their jobs. :>(

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday February 10, 2018, 9:16 am
I'm not sure where this is all going to end but they are having people check out their own groceries over here, their own items in other stores, as for the fast food places they are installing do it yourself ordering. I've heard along with cabs there is going to be driverless trucks, so fewer truck drivers. Now being set up is "figure out" what your health care problem is by going through a series of questions, so the health care screeners will be cut out. They want more schools online that does away with teachers. So in future what will be left for jobs?

We can not remain in a system like this that leaves millions without a way to feed themselves. Doug gave good service but obviously he wasn't paid enough. This isn't looking good - many societal changes will have to take place.

Richard A (2)
Saturday February 10, 2018, 10:27 am
This is heartbreaking.
So many well paying jobs are being done away with.
Gone are the days when a wage earner could work one job and bring home enough money to pay all of the bills, make a house payment, save for the children's education and more.
Vulture Capitalism has ruined the middle class in the U.S.A..
The American Dream for most is completely out of reach.

A man and woman should not have to leave the rearing of their children to others so that enough money can be brought in to provide for the family's needs.

This is shameful.

Donna G (42)
Saturday February 10, 2018, 3:53 pm
Is it possible for consumers to protest this trend without committing suicide? I'm sorry for Doug and his family that he felt compelled to do this. I live in a small college town in WA. We have two taxi services, Rodeo Town and KC. At least, the vans still have drivers. I do not trust AI, if that is what is controlling those driverless cars.

I think Google has a driverless car are more than one with a camera on the roof. I have not seen any in person; but, on some slides on the Google Maps page, I have seen the car's shadow and the camera shadow is very obvious.

If a being is intelligent and has the capacity to learn, isn't it possible that being can also be influenced by external forces and turn on its creator? And, if it can turn on its creator, what is to stop it from turning on another? Leave it to the tech industry to say this is the direction we should be going. No thanks.

Our supermarkets still have cashiers. Even at the self checkout registers, there is a cashier to help with checking out for those who need it. Capitalism in its current form is not working for our country. I would like to thank Bill Clinton for this (not really, he was a horrible President).

Janet B (0)
Saturday February 10, 2018, 7:52 pm

Sheryl G (359)
Monday February 12, 2018, 11:15 am
I recall AI with Hal in the movie 2001.
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