That happens all the time, you think. The five police officers noticed that this Uber driver had picked up a fare from a known drug house. When they began to interrogate him he flipped on his recording device. The police objected.
It was then that Bright said:
He had a right to record the encounter
He knew his rights because he was a licensed attorney.
That's the story: A licensed attorney was moonlighting as an Uber driver. A white collar professional crosses the line to do blue collar work. Here is the coverage, including a video, by LawNewz.
Eventually Bright was released by the police. Their department is reviewing their behavior.
Before the economy changed so radically after the turn of the century, professionals might have been too conscious of their personal branding - and ego - to pick up blue collar work. Since 9/11, there have been two severe recessions. Recovery has been weak.
Professional services such as law have been slow to recover. A more wary, frugal marketplace has made it difficult for all players to make a good living. In addition, technology keeps eating into the business of brick and mortar lawyers. Of course, it has also eliminated plenty of jobs and on-demand assignments of those in communications such as myself.
Bright symbolizes those new realities.
A former middle manager in a STEM occupation is training to be a long-haul truck driver. Currently there is a shortage of 100,000 drivers. Of course, that could be downsized when the driverless truck, being developed by Google and Uber, 1s operational.
Likely that will happen before the driverless car because long haul mostly involves straight highway, not stop and go city. An Uber driverless car had run a red light in San Francisco.
Bright could develop a fresh career path by getting on the paid speaking circuit, presenting the new occupational realties and helping remove the stigma of "crossing the line."
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