I’m a little more libertarian when it comes to this type of stuff, folks—so, fair warning here. We’ve all been dealing with the shutdowns over COVID. It’s been hard. Despite what the so-called experts say, we’re not all in this together. How can you say that with a straight face? For millions of Americans, they can’t work from home. That’s a privilege, and I consider myself very lucky. In Virginia alone, over 200,000 workers in the hospitality business have been furloughed or let go. What do they do for money? The bills aren’t put on hold because we’re neck-deep in a pandemic right now. One of the underreported narratives about COVID is this split between those who can work from home and those who can’t—and how the “stay at home and save lives” war cry really only applies to a select few in this country. And as the so-called medical experts turn a blind eye to the Black Lives Matter protests, seemingly suggesting that the virus is not transmissible in gatherings of moral urgency, the whole argument for lockdowns has collapsed. Everyone get inside, except for the rioters is not a sustainable argument. In fact, it’s not an argument at all.
But let’s venture out to the Left Coast, where one establishment decided to pull an audible, save its workers from being fired, and retool its services in order to keep their workers employed. It’s about communities coming together. It’s about how businesses have transformed their models during COVID. This is the story of Boober Eats, the voluptuous food delivery service that was born from Lucky Devil Lounge, a local strip club in Portland, Oregon that operated for a brief time until Uber noticed what they were doing. It was a brief burst of glory.