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The Modern Butlers Journal, July 2018, Butlers In the Media

Steven Ferry

Butlers in the Media

by Steven Ferry

Just a few mentions of butlers in the media this month:

1. Two butler-robot mentions:

  • «Butler Robotics» now manages a fulfillment center in Tokyo far more efficiently than humans;
  • Marriott is the first chain to employ Alexa as a «butler,» really a relay of guest requests to other departments. Alexa does not necessarily subscribe to the butler code of conduct when it comes to discretion (talking ex-butlers notwithstanding), so guests beware.

2. A butler-in-the-buff who not surprisingly, given the ethic level for such a position, was arrested for drug running;

3. Myriad embarrassments from the talking ex-butler (which remind me of Mark Twain’s “It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt”).


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