If you’ve ever lived in a major city, chances are, you’ve been to a local bodega. Whether you’ve needed an egg and cheese at 10 in the morning, or a bag of chips at 9 at night, bodegas, and their friendly owners who probably treat you better than your own family, along with the cats that make their way through the aisles in search of a new friend, are one of the few parts of life that are still charming ever since a cheeto became our president.
Now, two ex-Google employees want to take that away with a… vending machine?
Called “Bodega” (I’ve never rolled my eyes so hard), Paul McDonald and Ashwath Rajan are attempting to get rid of the corner stores we all know and love, because who doesn’t want to run a bunch of people out of business? According to Fast Company:
Bodega sets up five-foot-wide pantry boxes filled with non-perishable items you might pick up at a convenience store. An app will allow you to unlock the box and cameras powered with computer vision will register what you’ve picked up, automatically charging your credit card. The entire process happens without a person actually manning the “store.”
Yeah, that’s just a vending machine, but with more work.
So two dudes are selling a vending machine and calling it a BODEGA? Come on. This 2017. Please stop. https://t.co/1Pd9LlAA93
— Julio Ricardo Varela (@julito77) September 13, 2017
Congratulations, you've invented vending machines. https://t.co/fIHp9NjJWL
— Adi Robertson (@thedextriarchy) September 13, 2017
Oh, and they have the audacity to make their logo a cat.
They made the bodega cat their logo even though their goal is to make all bodega cats homeless, fuck them
— Arthur Chu (@arthur_affect) September 13, 2017
And, of course, people weren’t having this fucking nonsense of an “invention.”
– Founded by two ex-Googlers
– Stated business model: make local, immigrant-owned businesses obsolete
– Audacity to name it "Bodega"
– Ew pic.twitter.com/gQD1IpGse0
— Kelly Ellis (@justkelly_ok) September 13, 2017
"Look at all these minorities and families working hard to build something that we could just take if you fund us." – the Bodega VC pitch
— Robert McNees (@mcnees) September 13, 2017
Anyone who can go in a bodega and decide it needs to be made sterile and personality-free doesn't need to have money or influence
— Amanda Mull (@amandamull) September 13, 2017
Weird that they're calling this heinous vending machine "Bodega" and not "Gentrification Box" https://t.co/xPCozclRRD
— Tristan Cooper (@TristanACooper) September 13, 2017
it's blatant. they want the convenience of the bodega without having to interact with the people whose neighborhood they invaded.
— king crissle (@crissles) September 13, 2017
RT 🔒: the actual "value add" of Bodega is that scared white people can remove an unwanted minority interaction from their day
— Nich Maragos (@nichronomicon) September 13, 2017
— Daniel Mortensen (@frownheights) September 13, 2017
Yeah, this idea might work in Bumblefuck, USA, but please don’t bring this anywhere near New York City.
[Via The Verge]