Restaurant matching markets in everything those new service sector jobs use my ethnic dining guide instead

by on August 16, 2017 at 5:37 pm in Economics, Food and Drink, Web/Tech | Permalink

This very nice article covers “…a line of people wrapped around the block outside a newly opened restaurant”:

…Surkus, an emerging app that allowed the restaurant to quickly manufacture its ideal crowd and pay the people to stand in place like extras on a movie set. They’ve even been hand-picked by a casting agent of sorts, an algorithmic one that selects each person according to age, location, style and Facebook “likes.”

They may look excited, but that could also be part of the production. Acting disengaged while they idle in line could tarnish their “reputation score,” an identifier that influences whether they’ll be “cast” again. Nobody is forcing the participants to stay, of course, but if they leave, they won’t be paid — their movements are being tracked with geolocation.

Here is the WaPo Peter Holley piece, interesting throughout.  Note that women are often paid more than men, and comedians are starting to use it to fill seats in the nightclub.

1 Ben August 16, 2017 at 5:52 pm

Why not use this app to stage political rallies and protests too?

2 Anon August 16, 2017 at 7:18 pm

Soros is old, I doubt the guy even owns a smartphone.

3 Tanturn August 16, 2017 at 6:01 pm

“Note that women are often paid more than men”

If it occasionally happens the other way around, the women should sue for gender discrimination.

4 A clockwork orange August 16, 2017 at 11:38 pm

Hosanna turned to Augustine.
–Look up! The stars brimmed. The music grew infernal. A galloping trombone blared. Here the lookers-on walked to the stage. They joined hands and Lorenzo stamped and the fingers of the lad pulled down his funny hat, and the maidens threw up their arms. Here the gentlemen skipped and Hosanna twirled, and soon they blindly stumbled, rejoicing from their hearts.

5 Bill August 16, 2017 at 6:04 pm

We need even more restaurants to Make America Great Again!

Of the 209,000 new jobs last month, 53,000 were in the restaurant and drinking industry.

From BLS: “Employment in food services and drinking places rose by 53,000 in July. The industry has
added 313,000 jobs over the year.”

Bars and restaurants have made us great again.

Thank you Donald Trump.

Anything I can get for you, sir? Perhaps a diet Coke.

6 An ordinary orange August 16, 2017 at 6:24 pm

Augustine went inside. The car buzzed and stalled, then hummed and released a slight mist. Lorenzo got in. They sat not talking and the diminished night carried. Until the faint chords of an adagio glazed over them. They exchanged glances and left, leaving the doors open. The dirt gave way to a mowed path, lit by sagebrush and huckleberry, and the path led to an audience seated in a sort of attention. A fire smoldered behind a couple on a stage and beyond the fire, the sun knelt on the horizon. A pretty young lady rose from her seat, holding out both hands.

7 Bill August 16, 2017 at 7:21 pm

Orange, you need to read the headline of the post.

8 Bill August 16, 2017 at 7:24 pm

Orange, don’t forget: bar tending IS manufacturing, just so you know.

9 A clockwork orange August 16, 2017 at 11:23 pm

Augustine went inside. The car buzzed, stalled, then hummed and released a slight mist. Lorenzo got in. Augustine and Lorenzo sat in a haze until the faint chords of an adagio glazed over them. They exchanged glances and left, leaving the doors open. The dirt gave way to a mowed path, lit by sagebrush and huckleberry, and the path led to a troupe seated in a sort of attention. A fire crackled behind the stage and beyond the fire, the sun knelt on the horizon.

10 Axa August 16, 2017 at 7:12 pm

Why are they considered jobs if income relies on tips?

11 rayward August 16, 2017 at 6:10 pm

This is rich. Remember when Trump campaign was alleged to have paid actors $50 a piece to show up when he announced he was running for president. The FEC dismissed the case, not because the Trump campaign didn’t intend to have its campaign consultant pay actors to appear at the announcement, but because the Trump campaign hadn’t paid the consultant for the effort. I suppose one couldn’t be convicted for a bribe when the bribe wasn’t actually paid.

12 John August 16, 2017 at 6:27 pm

“In Los Angeles, Surkus has allowed one up-and-coming comedian to fill shows and refine material. The comedian spoke on the condition that their name and gender not be used because of fear that using the app would tarnish their professional reputation.”

Jig’s up. Obviously a ventriloquist and his/her dummy.

13 A clockwork orangea August 16, 2017 at 11:24 pm

Schiff are made form aloe content. Aver wonder, why didn’t the salt travaux schiff taste fishy? Instead of a noise language, they’re secreting a dummy entropy when in the light of martinets.
—But fish do make sounds, Augustine objected, and are often caught by cacophony.
— Schiff heard by people, it’s a pahu taboo. Many birch companies been distilling falling lung inhales.

14 A clockwork orange August 16, 2017 at 11:25 pm

Schiff are made form aloe content. Aver wonder, why didn’t the salt travaux schiff taste fishy? Instead of a noise language, they’re secreting a dummy entropy when in the light of martinets.
—But fish do make sounds, Augustine objected, and are often caught by cacophony.
— Schiff heard by people, it’s a pahu taboo. Many birch companies been distilling falling lung inhales.

15 Anon August 16, 2017 at 7:20 pm

Hillary Clinton could have used this to bolster her anemic rallies. Too bad.

16 Thiago Ribeiro August 16, 2017 at 7:39 pm

I feel sad seeing what America has become.

17 Mark Thorson August 16, 2017 at 11:47 pm

But it was always so. The technology changes, but the ebbs and flows remain the same.

18 michael svehla August 16, 2017 at 8:45 pm

There is an interesting model in : Neal Stephenson’s “The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer. “

19 Ray Lopez August 16, 2017 at 11:05 pm

They promised us flying cars, and all we got was a plate of { fill in the blank with ironic food dish }

Bonus trivia: if the Jewish injunction against eating pork is to guard against the very hard to kill worm once inside your body that causes trichinosis (and it can lodge inside your brain, living there for years, and cause ‘schizophrenia’) might the below injunction be to prevent seafood born diseases like cinguatera (also incurable even today) commonly found in puffer fish and shellfish? Food for thought.

“These ye shall eat of all that are in the waters: all that have fins and scales shall ye eat: And whatsoever hath not fins and scales ye may not eat; it is unclean unto you.” —Deuteronomy 14:9–10

20 Careless August 17, 2017 at 11:27 am

Boy, Ray, that’s new! I’m sure no one here has ever heard that before!

21 Ray Lopez August 17, 2017 at 1:01 pm

The pork part (which I did for the 80 IQ crowd) or the cinguatera part?

22 john August 17, 2017 at 6:23 am

Seems like we’re celebrating the ability of the market to support lies and fraud here. We destroy price signals with poor monetary policies and poor tax law/regulation and not we start destroying non-price signals with technology.

Seems like a statement that what we’ve now produced as a society is pretty piss poor when we add in the larger context of both domestic political and racial relationships and the larger geopolitical envirnoment.

23 Ph.D. August 17, 2017 at 2:06 pm

What is the pay scale for submitting comments here?

24 James Anderson August 17, 2017 at 3:00 pm

I don’t feel comfortable at all with these jobs. I believe it’s far better and beneficial to do something big and meaningful. It’s the reason why I do Forex trading, as we are able to gain massively through it especially with guide and help of OctaFX broker. They are masters with having tight spreads from 0.1 pips for all major pairs, zero balance protection, over 70 instruments and then there is even rebate scheme to help getting 50% back on all trades.

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