13 September, 2017
A pair of former Googlers want to end the local bodega by replacing it with a box full of random shit and a corresponding app to access it... they're calling their creation 'Bodega'.
"The vision here is much bigger than the box itself", McDonald told Fast Company. So, naturally, a pair of Silicon Valley goobers have taken it upon themselves to really put a nail in the coffin of the only attractive thing left in this world with a flashy new concept called, get this, Bodega. Cameras in the vending machine will monitor what you pick up from the pantry box and the app will then be charged for the goods taken, thus preventing the issue of someone using the app to open the box and take whatever they want without paying for it.
"Eventually, centralized shopping locations won't be necessary, because there will be 100,000 Bodegas spread out, with one always 100 feet away from you", Paul McDonald, a previous Google product manager and co-founder of Bodega, along with Ashwath Rajan, told Fast Company. Garcia is now chairman of all state chambers nationally, including Puerto Rico, for which he represents thousands of bodega owners and other Latino businesses. "To compete with bodegas and also use the "bodega" name is unbelievably disrespectful.".
After Muslims were detained in airports throughout the country, New York City's Yemeni bodega owners closed their shops to protest.
To be fair, featuring two tech bros sucking their own dicks at the prospect of "disrupting" the economy by pretending to invent something that already exists and throwing in an added dash of cultural appropriation is essentially shooting fish in a barrel. They're going out of business, Garcia said, because of costs including rent, licenses, insurance and fines and the juggling of business mandates, inspections and so on. For every person whose life is simplified by, say, email or an automated phone system, there's an employee who can't just unplug because, thanks to electronic correspondence, you're never out of reach, or, in the case of the latter, you have one less call center employee. "My grandfather must be rolling over in his grave right now. The intention was to support immigrants".
Of course, it isn't just the Latino community that benefits from bodegas and corner stores. They're cultural institutions, Garcia said, and he promised that he will work to ensure that the Bodega boxes do not come into NY. "We did surveys in the Latin American community to understand if they felt the name was a misappropriation of that term or had negative connotations, and 97% said 'no.' It's a simple name and I think it works". None are in NY yet, but the founders said they plan to go national soon. Many took to Twitter to air their grievances about the Bodega box concept and show their support for their local bodega.