The people Hull profiles want to get better jobs, or better-paying jobs, but they also want to do their Hardee's jobs well. They have plans and goals for their lives, like having a wedding by a lake or saving enough money to move to a city that might have more job opportunities. The thing that consistently gets in the way is Hardee's low wages. That is the mitigating factor on their dreams.
Raise your hand if you've ever owned a Lack coffee table from Ikea. Keep your hand raised if your Lack coffee table was passed on to you from a friend, or found on the street, or bought for $10 on Craigslist, where you are bound to find pages and pages of Lack coffee tables for sale.
Growing up, my family rarely went out to dinner due to financial constraints, and if we did for a special occasion, we never ordered dessert. My father believed desserts were a waste of money, and my mother didn't have much of a sweet tooth.
College students are known for being broke, heavily in debt, and surviving off of instant ramen, but there is also an invisible population of students who have "food insecurity"—not having enough to eat on daily basis. These students are often hidden because they feel ashamed about their circumstances.
The WaPo writes that ethics are going to be in high demand, and that robots might not have the ethics we need to solve the complicated problems of the future, like "should we program robots to make unethical decisions so that we can maintain superiority over them and keep our jobs."
Ooh-hoo-hoo, Tom Sietsema, food critic for the Washington Post, heartily bemoans the waning number of restaurants that accept reservations: