A highlight from #249: Undercover Boss: Fremont Street Experience
My name is Mark of all, I'm sitting across from me as doctor Mike. Hello. All right, so this last Friday Mike, there was an episode of undercover boss that featured the CEO of the Fremont experience downtown Las Vegas. Now for those unfamiliar undercover boss, the it's a reality show, the premise is that the head of a company goes undercover, gets a disguise so that nobody will recognize them. And then pretends to be a new employee at the company that he's in charge of. And the way that they do it is they tell the people who are employees they know they're on TV because they're cameras and everything. They say, oh, it's a documentary that we're doing on a new employer whatever. So that's how they fool them. And then the idea is that the head of the company finds out what it's really like on the lines of actually getting the work hopefully finds that things are wrong that he needs to change. Right, you know, his or her eyes are open to the reality of the working person and that kind of thing. The only thing I don't like about that, mark is that they all have some sad story. Well, they say they pick employees who have had hardships or troubles. You know, it's never once, oh, I love this job and my life's great. He's good. I love it. Sure. So, you know, it's a feel good show. It's manipulative like you said in that they find people who maybe have hardships that kind of thing. And then at the end, when the head of the company is revealed, these people get some kind of benefit in some way either a bonus or a raisin pay or trips or you know something. I usually fixes the problem that he encountered with him, whatever that is. Then he usually gives them some kind of bonus thing like either a pay raise or like you said a vacation or whatever it solves their problem. And then also they usually do something to help the company like then he finds out somebody's underpaid. He said, well, we're going to change that. Everyone who works in this position is now going to get paid. Right. Or if there's some process or equipment. Equipment that things like that. So he improves the company and he helps that person. So that's the idea behind it. It's entertainment. You know, it's a TV show right now. Supposed to be. Well, it's actually fun to see what people do for a living. Yeah, oh, we'll see. This was hard. I like about it. So interesting in this particular one, okay, so it was a CEO from Fremont experience, and he went on three different training sessions. One was just cleaning up the street. Yes. That was the first time. Which looked excruciating. A lot of it was scraping gun. That was what they were empty. My wife and I were like, you know, what is it with gum? Why do people feel that they can just throw it on the ground? I've been on Fremont street. There's trash cans. You know, just throw your gum in the trash or put it in an app and put it in your pocket. Why do people throw it on the ground? Okay, is that a rhetorical question or because I had a theory? You can tell you what it is. Well, I'll tell you what, idiots. I mean, honestly, I would never, ever throw gum anywhere but in a trash can. Yeah sure. And I don't think I ever have. And I'll usually even wrap it up first. That's right. It's a travel sticky and everything. I one time was at a craps table where somebody had stuck gum on the rail underneath where you put your drink. Like a kid in school, right? A kid in school just a chunk of gum there. I'm like, so somebody else can come up and sit there drinking it or put their hand in it? What is going on? And that poor woman who had to scrape the gum. I mean, she's on her hands and knees, scraping off gum. And took like four hours a day. Well, you know how long street is? And then there was also mopping up human fluids excrement, all sorts of different things. My kids were asking about that and I said, well, there's a lot of stuff, you know. And they were going over all the body fluids. We glued there be this, and I was like, yeah, maybe. There's gonna be everybody fluid you can think of. There's probably that body fluid. And then the second segment was he was helping clean up the top of the Canopy. So for me, this was the most interesting. Just to see him get up there and he was a little afraid of heights. That's high. Yeah. And there was one part. I don't know if you caught it, but when they're getting on the lift that takes them up. The guy's like, okay, now you know we're gonna go pretty high. I'd be careful and he gets on, he locks the door and he said to the CEO at all times, keep at least one or two hands holding on to the side. But he said, at least one or two. At least one. I think we played it like three times 'cause I wanted to make sure I don't want to go anymore than that. Yeah. Three hands. No, I didn't catch that. No, that's funny. At least one or two hands holding on at all time. So zero is no good and three or four. Yeah, that's okay if you can do this. And so the CEO at one point asked the guy who was training him, where does most of this trash come from? And the guy said, well, a lot of it is just people throwing stuff out of windows because they were saying there was like a full diaper they found once, right? Well, and he had to go out of his little lift box and climb. Yeah, it seemed a little, I don't know if treacherous is the right word 'cause you are hooked. But it reminded me of like people on Everest kind of go into the edge like be careful, be careful, you know, and going down and grabbing cans and stuff. So moving towards the end of the show, he decided the CEO that he was going to talk to at least one of the hotels about maybe bolting their windows shut so that people aren't throwing stuff out of the window. So Jeff on Twitter was speculating, what do you think that was? He was thinking maybe for queens. What do you think?