Parking lot attendants in Fargo, N.D., are finding out what most cities have already learned. The world doesn’t need parking lot attendants anymore.
“It’s a great job,” Al Schraw tells Forum Communications. He got his latest gig after losing his last one to automation.
Now his current parking lot is going to become a high-rise tower with a fully automated parking garage. No 84-year-olds who worked the job to help ease the loneliness of losing his wife a few years ago required.
The company that supplies parking lot attendants in Fargo says when the complex goes up, it’ll have just one parking lot attendant left in the city.
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Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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