Category: Stuck on Stoopit!

The rise of morons?

Animal offers up some pretty ugly images of our future as a nation

The other day national treasure Dr. Victor Davis Hanson brought us this gem:  Is America Entering a Dark Age?  Excerpt:

Does anyone believe that contemporary Americans could build another transcontinental railroad in six years?

Californians tried to build a high-speed rail line. But after more than a decade of government incompetence, lawsuits, cost overruns and constant bureaucratic squabbling, they have all but given up. The result is a half-built overpass over the skyline of Fresno — and not yet a foot of track laid.

Who were those giants of the 1960s responsible for building our interstate highway system?

California’s roads now are mostly the same as we inherited them, although the state population has tripled. We have added little to our freeway network, either because we forgot how to build good roads or would prefer to spend the money on redistributive entitlements.

It’s not a pretty picture.  We used to a nation, a society, a people that built things.  In a span of two hundred years we went from a couple of million people huddled along the east coast, having just broken away from the most powerful empire in (then) world history at great cost, to a great shining city on a hill, the arsenal of democracy in World War 2, the rebuilder of the global economy after that war.

Now, to get a few miles of track for an ill-advised “high speed” rail line laid, it takes decades of agonizing by sixteen layers of bureaucrats before a single shovel can move.

Of course, it is not just government ventures that seem to be suffering from a lack of common sense, ineptitude, and gross stupidity. Working in the restaurant/bar business for 30 years I have been witness to the rise of corporate idiocy. I do not know how many times I have had discussions with bartenders, servers, cooks, bussers, managers that ask the same questions. What type of idiots are running this place? It is almost as if the corporate big shots sit around meetings writing down all the stupid ideas they can come up with. I would suspect these idiots have zero practical experience. 

Everytime new “guidelines” come down from corporate, everyone at the restaurant shakes their head in aggravation over more inane rules, and “service guidelines”. These almost always mean service will suffer. Severs and bartenders will be saddled with extra duties because it means the restaurant can run with lower labor cost, which means they have less time to do THEIR jobs. And customers will see service suffer. Everything is increasingly scripted and robotic. Individuality? Heaven forbid! Thinking on your feet? Thinking at all? That is verboten! 

Rather than greeting new customers in a genuine, friendly manner, everyone must parrot some corporate greeting (which is a sales pitch) because no one sitting at a bar or table would ever order food or drink without that fake sales pitch! All of this takes away the individuality of the bartenders or servers personality, and this makes their job less fun. 

Managers? They are worked too much, and kept so busy with counting, recounting, that actually helping the front, and back of the house run smoothly. But that is OK because “best practices” or something. 

Then, of course there is that employee handbook, loaded with so many standards and rules, that everyone is guilty of breaking at least one or two them daily. No matter that many of these rules are counterproductive. And the restaurant business is not alone in this sea of stupidity. I bet you have as many stories as I do

Starbucks apologizes for being gigantic tools to police

Remember all that Starbucks sensitivity and inclusion training? They closed all their stores after some activist types screamed RAAAAACISM! Remember that? Yeah, maybe Starbucks should retry that

(Reuters) – Starbucks Corp (SBUX.O) on Sunday apologized after an employee at one of its stores in Tempe, Arizona asked six police officers to leave or move out of a customer’s line of sight, triggering social media backlash.

The officers had visited the store on July 4 and had paid for the drinks, before one company employee approached them about a customer not feeling safe because of the police presence, the Tempe Officers Association said on Twitter.

“This treatment of public safety workers could not be more disheartening. While the barista was polite, making such a request at all was offensive,” the association added.

So, the barista was “polite”? Realllly! How the heck can you be polite when kicking people, paying consumers, out of your store? First thing I do if I ran Starbucks? Fire the dipshit that posted that “apology”. Good Freaking Grief who hires such morons? Do they only hire people with IQs below 40?

Useless Nations hits bottom of the Pit of Idiocy, keeps drilling

Via Moonbattery

It’s a good thing that the voices for AI assistants like Alexa and Siri always seem to be female. If they were male, moonbats would shriek that it constituted sexism by implying that men have all the answers. Since the voices are female… moonbats shriek anyway.

It turns out the feminine voices are a patriarchal scheme:

The revelation about this digital plot for male dominance comes in a 146-page report from the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in cooperation with the German government and the EQUALS Skills Coalition, a partnership of governments, businesses and nonprofits. …

The report says that these voices send “a signal that women are obliging, docile, eager-to-please helpers, available at the touch of a button or with a blunt voice command like ‘hey’ or ‘OK.’”

Have I mentioned lately that it is no longer possible to parody the left?

California cannot get any dumber can it? California Governor Gavin Newsom: “Hold my beer!”

Marxifornication strikes again

Simply put, the government of California is out of control. In total, the state added 1,016 new laws to the books in 2019, including a silly “straw ban,” intrusive requirements for children’s menus and yet another minimum wage increase. At virtually every level of Californians’ lives, state policymakers are ready to step in and interfere. From the cradle to the grave.

Now it seems the new governor, Gavin Newsom, is anxious to make his own contribution to the ever-expanding role of government in our lives by taxing some of our most basic necessities in an unprecedented power grab.

In his ineffable wisdom, the newly elected governor has proposed a statewide tax on, of all things, California’s drinking water. Newsom plans to dedicate the new tax revenues to programs to help communities clean up contaminated water sites. Improving the quality of drinking water may be a worthy goal, but the water tax proposal is a case study in the failures of progressive policymaking.

Nuclear Grade Stupidity!

*VIDEO* Congressman Jim Jordan Delivers Blistering Opening Statement Against DemoNazis At Hearing Featuring Crooked Lawyer Who Will Soon Be Imprisoned For Perjury ( 02/27/19)


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Corporate stupidism Starbucks style

Stupidism? Yes, I know, not a word, but, frankly, I think it describes the idiocy and cowardice of many corporations. Legal Insurrection fills us in

It has now been been 8 months since the famous purveyor of caffeinated confection, Starbucks, declared their bathrooms “open to the public” without the need to purchase their products.

The last time we reported on the caffeine giant, a New York Post team had investigated several Manhattan bathrooms and found that there wasn’t an open stall among the stores they visited. Many employees complained of blood, discarded syringes, and potentially infectious materials strewn throughout the toilets.

Sensible corporate leaders might reconsider the open-door policy, in light of the health risks to both employees and their customers.

However, this is Starbucks we are talking about. Its executives opted to add a new menu item: Needle-disposal boxes.

The coffee giant is exploring remedies after employees expressed fears about being pricked by uncapped needles and experiencing related health risks. Starbucks is testing solutions, including installing sharps-disposal boxes, using heavier-duty trash bags to prevent needle pokes, and removing trash cans from certain bathrooms.

“These societal issues affect us all and can sometimes place our partners (employees) in scary situations, which is why we have protocols and resources in place to ensure our partners are out of harm’s way,” Starbucks representative Reggie Borges told Business Insider.

The problems revealed by the New York City report are not limited to that area. Complaints about the bathrooms are being generated across the country, by workers who are not comfortable in being directly identified.

As of Thursday, more than 3,700 people signed a petition on the site Coworker.org petitioning Starbucks to place Sharps Containers in “high-risk bathrooms.”

One Starbucks barista, who declined to have her name published out of fear for her employment, said she was jabbed with a needle last year. She has lobbied her bosses and the company to get medical waste containers.

“Honestly, safe Sharps disposals in the bathrooms because that’s going to protect us that’s not going to fix the problem overall, but it’s going to protect the employees and the customers,” she said.

The barista said several of her colleagues had also been jabbed.

“It’s a coffee shop. It’s not a coffee shop’s problem to solve the drug problem, it’s to protect the employees.”

Again, Stupidity reigns. In an attempt to be sensitive, and compassionate, Starbucks has begun a descent into madness. One simple rule of life, and one Starbucks ignored is that you do not win by rewarding bad behavior. In fact you only make it worse. Wisdom, trumps compassion. Reality trumps sensitivity. 

Excusing, tolerating and in fact enabling bad behavior does not work. Yet Starbucks is so afraid of negative publicity. Put me in charge of Starbucks, and I would return the no loitering policy, and insist that ONLY paying customers be allowed to use the restrooms. And if some activists do not like it, tough! If someone wants to call such policies “unjust” or “insensitive”, that is OK with me. I prefer safe working environments. Starbucks, it seems, is OK with their workers becoming infected by dirty needles, or some other type of exposure to contagions. Leadership, Leftist style