Can Lunch & Laws Keep Up With Technology?

In this week’s Vultures’ Nest, guests David Poltorak, Peter Gleeson and Erin Rooney, delve into some of the week’s offbeat news with host Sean Morahan.

During weekday lunchtimes in New York, many customers order their lunches early with an app and pay when they collect their lunch with a credit card – or an app.

What Should Be Sacrificed for a Quick Lunch?

From news reports this week, a New York construction worker in New York tried to pay cash for his lunch, but was refused.  Sean asked questions of the panel, including:

  • Have you ever been a customer of a business that accepts only credit cards?
  • Have you experienced ‘minimums payments’ for credit card use? What do you think of them?
  • Do you have a preferred method of payment?
  • Do you worry about paying cash?
  • Does it appear that ATMs are becoming scarce?  And if so, why do you think that is?
  • What is Pete’s plan for avoiding being robbed?
  • Do you remember the first time you ever saw a credit card?
  • Credit card fraud – Has it ever happened to you?


Can Justice Keep Up with Technology?

This week the consumer watchdog in France issued a confirmation that Apple had agreed to pay a € 25M settlement for not informing iphone users that updating their software could slow down older Apple devices.

Some public criticism has suggested that this was a surreptitious move by Apple to push more people into buying new Apple products sooner than they may have otherwise done.

We asked:

  • Are you a user of Apple products?
  • How does this news affect your regard (or otherwise) for Apple?
  • Has your phone ever noticeably slowed down?
  • What are your experiences and thoughts on phone updates?
  • This is an old issue with a current penalty.  Do you expect this to happen again?
  • What are your expectation of the speed of your technological devices and how do you feel when they run slower than expected?
  • Is there any behaviour that would discourage you forever from a company and/or it’s products?

David tells us some stories of some creators’ reactions to the unexpected consequences of what they created.


Tune in to The Vultures Nest on Saturday mornings, after Final Draft and just before So Hot Right Now.

Saturday 8th of February, 2020

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