More Trash Means More Jobs
08 Jun 2007
After eating all Chinese food for about a week, my family was delighted to stop into Starbucks in Hangzhou. (Funny how a familiar corporate logo can engender feelings of fondness.) We had the following conversation:
> Me: You don’t need to gather up the trash. They’ll clear the table when we leave.
> Mom: But the trash can is just right there.
> Me: Still, you don’t need to do it. It’s their job. You don’t want to take away their job, do you?
> Mom: I’m just going to throw it away.
> Me: If everyone did that, people would be out of jobs. To ensure these people’s jobs, I think we should give them more work by throwing all our trash on he ground.
(Yeah, my mom learned to ignore my comments long ago.)