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Discussion in 'YouTube, Blog and Social Media Links' started by NickPappageorgio, Feb 28, 2017.

  1. NickPappageorgio

    NickPappageorgio ¿Quién vigila a los vigilantes?
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    Are Comped Drinks on the Strip Going the way of the Dodo?

    Some think MGM 2020, and the reported layoffs at CET of 13% of the cocktail staff, are a sign that they are.

    I discuss why this is a bad idea, and might be the tipping point, for some, to say goodbye to most of the Strip permanently.
     
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  2. CSNY1

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    Would never go to any Vegas casino that has replaced bartenders with robots. Stop the madness
     
  3. ted_nancy

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    Even if the drinks are comped? Either way, I, for one, plan to welcome our new robot bartending overlords... only if they're super creepy rubber skinned animatronic people though, not some glorified keurig machine... obviously. I can't wait for the casino of the future!
     
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    I have read on this board and others people have said that go to such and such bar and look up this bartender he / she is great to talk to, makes a good drink and is generally a pleasant person and great to hangout with Replace said bartender you loss that experience of human interaction and once its gone in all likelihood it will never return. So yes even if drinks are comped would never go to any Vegas casino that has a robot making drinks. I don't go to bars here at home that pours metered shots dam sure not going to a bar that has a robot making drinks.
     
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    There is some general over-reaction to this because people think that it's the humans in the main bars getting replaced. Those ones you may or may not know the names to, making the $15+ drinks. Those folks, at least for now, are not the ones being talked about here. It's the back-of-the-house service bars where the CW goes to get the drink you asked for on the floor. Those people you've probably never had an interaction with, and heck probably haven't ever even gotten a glimpse of.

    I don't like to hear about humans losing their jobs to automation, regardless of what the job is. In this particular case it doesn't even sound like the machines will potentially be as productive since they can only make 1 drink at a time whereas a human can do multiples. From what I've read though, this is more about quality control, eliminating waste, and creating a common experience for everyone (on the consumption side). Most people automatically assume that this new "common" consumption is a worse one, but that's not necessarily true (I'm optimistically skeptical about it).

    Again, I don't think this is necessarily good news but I also think that there's some serious over-reaction happening. I've heard arguments that "this damages the local economy". And when I ask those same people if they shop at local retailers or if they shop online, or if they'd pay more for locally-made stuff versus crap made in China, they always try to say that's unrelated (meaning they don't shop local or buy locally produced goods). So yes, eliminating the jobs of the service bartenders hurts the local economy but so does a whole lot of other things that people willfully do in order to save a few pennies. If it's OK for consumers to cut costs by making decisions which don't support the local economy it's tricky to fault MGM for doing do the same thing. MGM is a publicly traded company and it's only obligation to their shareholders is to make money in the short term - being the "good guy" is not on their list.

    The reaction to this might just be that it's the straw that broke the camel's back - an effect of just piling on things which are perceived to be bad. I wonder if this "robot bartender" news would be so negative if something good came with it (like no parking fees / reduced resort fees / etc). MGM is betting that this will have no impact on people deciding to stop by their place. I'm betting that MGM knows this because they know all the other casinos will be doing it too, or, other casinos will be forced into charging for other things or having worse odds - and very few consumers are likely to avoid MGM because they don't have service bartenders if it means spending more money elsewhere.
     
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    This is super disappointing to hear; I'm boycotting MGM until they make this a reality:

     
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    I really enjoyed your responsible gambling blog.

    Great stuff!
     
  8. NickPappageorgio

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