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What a crap article; I skimmed about half of it, waiting for the description of what it was like to work for Amazon, but finally gave up. Way too much wordity and obviously written by a full-of-himself liberal. I'm not surprised that it was published in NR.
Charming? I kept skipping lines early on, then paragraphs, trying to get to the story and past Williamson trying to be Hemingway. In my opinion it's a stupid article which makes his ignorance of Red American painfully obvious. " The most expensive car in the parking lot is a Ford pickup." Some of those new Ford pickups are well over $100,000.00, that's not expensive enough for him? No Teslas? Seriously? What parking lot has he been to, besides Nation Reviews office, where there are Teslas? Real people don't drive Teslas, only posers and pretenders of whom there would be very few in rural Ohio.
Once you get past the first couple paragraphs (or sentences, I couldn't tell) it gets better. I know Columbus pretty well, my son has lived there twenty years, and it's a pretty good description of the area.
BTW, that most expensive vehicle in the parking lot is a 'decked-out Ford pickup truck'. I think KW gets they represent a certain level of success, and why he notes there aren't any comparably priced Teslas.
I don't think he identifies $18-20 as a starting wage, maybe it's the average?
The name “Ohio” may be synonymous with postindustrial Rust Belt gritty Trump-voting angst rage and despair,
I stopped there b/c this is bullshit.
Oh, people like me have this concern, but I've always been the curmudgeon and worrywart. Ohio, especially Columbus, is continuing life as usual. There has always been a faction of society that sought escape, and the heroin crisis is no different. But that's the point, it's no different.
I interviewed a few years back for a job in one of those fulfillment centers. You go and do things when you're looking for work that you would never consider otherwise. Also, the wife wants to see activity.
Weirdest interview I've been on and I've been on a lot over the years.
It was a cattle call. In the waiting area the guy sitting next to me got up and went out to the convenience store on the corner and came back with a bag full of groceries. He ripped open a huge bag of Cheetos and ate them right there. When I was finally called into the room for my interview, the young lady I was speaking with had music playing on her laptop through the entire conversation.
She asked me, "Why do you think you will be a great Amazon Fulfillment Associate?" I leaned in a little bit closer to her and replied, "I would never be so arrogant as to presume I will be a great Amazon Fulfillment Associate. Because, well... look at all of the amazing people you have assembled here today. But I will work very hard at the job such that some day I might be considered a great Amazon Fulfillment Associate."
She didn't even smile.
She did offer me the job.
I accepted and left. I got a call later that day on another, much better job and never went to work there. Six years later I'm sure they will call again this Christmas trying to get me to start. They call every year.
FWIW: I too find Kevin Williamson to be an ass. It was hard slogging through the first few paragraphs of that article. His disdain of middle America is hard to take. Everybody I know from Lubbock is a lot nicer.