"But largely overlooked is the rampant exploitation of those who toil in the industry. The New York Times interviewed more than 150 nail salon workers and owners, in four languages, and found that a vast majority of workers are paid below minimum wage; sometimes they are not even paid. Workers endure all manner of humiliation, including having their tips docked as punishment for minor transgressions, constant video monitoring by owners, even physical abuse. Employers are rarely punished for labor and other violations."
This isn't just about mani/pedis, of course. It's about the just-about-always-true story that, our cheap, comfortable stuff (like the gadgets this is being written and read on, of course) is brought to us by oppression. Actual blood, sweat and tears. Whole lives spent in near/total slavery. Generations.
A thought I've been thinking a lot lately: we have built a big machine, and this is the exhaust.