Cool Links 8-18-18
Cool links 8-18-18 is brought to you by driverless grocery deliveries, larcenous lunch ladies, and a haunted town in Ohio.
I have seen the future, and it is here
I live exactly 300 steps behind the nearest grocery store. It’s called Fry’s and is part of the Kroger chain. Most grocery stores in this area belong to Kroger—Fry’s, Albertson’s, Safeway. It’s convenient to have a store so close, both in a good way and a bad way. When I run out of something, it’s only 300 steps away. But its nearness also means we’re there too many times during the week.
If you hate getting in your car and driving to the nearest grocery store, the grocery store may soon come to you. In a partnership between Nuro and Kroger, driverless cars will soon pull up your driveway and deliver your order. Starting this week in Scottsdale, AZ (just a hop, skip, and a jump from my door), Nuro’s fleet of Prius’ will be on the road delivering groceries from their local Fry’s store. Without drivers. You’ll still have to bring grocery bags inside, but no more long lines and rude shoppers.
Beware the lunch ladies
Two sisters working as lunch ladies in Connecticut are accused of stealing almost $500,000 from the lunch line over the last five years. How much, exactly, does a school lunch cost, and why did it take five years to realize the till at the end of the day didn’t match the number of lunches prepared?