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    OK so this is gentrifying, appropriative horseshit in so many ways.

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    Two ex-Googlers want to make bodegas and mom-and-pop corner stores obsolete buff.ly/2jnxhbo

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    🏳️‍🌈 Sam Kimbrel

    First: the name. That’s not your word to use (and no it isn’t mine either). And it’s a lie, because a fancy vending machine is no bodega.

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    🏳️‍🌈 Sam Kimbrel

    Second: this requires net access to set up your account, then facial recognition and a credit card to pay for stuff. Hello barriers!

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    🏳️‍🌈 Sam Kimbrel

    What about people who don’t have easy access to those things? Or just prefer paying cash?

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    🏳️‍🌈 Sam Kimbrel

    And finally: this is such a blatant move to a walled-garden don’t-interact-with-anyone lifestyle they might as well just call it “Gentrifyr”

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    🏳️‍🌈 Sam Kimbrel

    What’s being pitched here is a way for rich white people to move into neighborhoods and not engage with the people around them.

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    🏳️‍🌈 Sam Kimbrel

    There’s no new tech. It isn’t even a new business model. Japan has vending machines everywhere if we really want that.

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    🏳️‍🌈 Sam Kimbrel

    They accept cash, mostly. Or NFC payment networks which are *reloadable with cash*.

    The fuck are VCs so hyped about this for?

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    🏳️‍🌈 Sam Kimbrel

    (The answer is they’re hyped because it’s a way to further trap young white tech workers in their jobs by removing other social contact)

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    🏳️‍🌈 Sam Kimbrel

    Next from the fucking lazy-ass Silicon Valley ideas factory: a robotic stand to sell you mediocre 7-11 hot dogs on the corner

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    🏳️‍🌈 Sam Kimbrel