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Friday, October 8th, 2004
8:16 pm
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Tuesday, August 17th, 2004
10:45 pm
Monday, July 5th, 2004
5:35 pm
hi. i apologize if this is a little off-topic, but i could use some help on this issue. i just got a job at coldstone creamery and i've been planning to take a week-long trip to california in mid-august. would it be inappropriate to ask for this, seeing as i've just been hired? i want to talk to my boss about soon so as to give plenty of advance notice (and also to avoid hugely expensive plane tickets) but i'm worried that she'll been angry that i'm taking a whole week off so soon. it's really important that i take this trip also, though. any advice?
Saturday, January 24th, 2004
10:36 pm
I want to get a job....and i need some advice.
Hi there...I am currently looking for work in retail, and was wondering if anybody could give some pointers on how to get a job in this field. I've never had to approach stores before and plead for work and i was wondering if anybody knew of a classy and sophisticated way of approaching this.
I spent all morning looking up the phone book, the paper and the net for local business addresses and phone numbers. I figure i'll call the store managers a few days before i bombard them...you know, to give the heads up. I have no idea what to say to them though. Do i come right out when i first meet them with "so...how bout a job now?" or do i ease my in there with false praise and flirtation "what a lovely...suit you are wearing...it really brings out the color of your...highlights..(i have no idea)". If anybody reads this and had any suggestions...i'd be more than happy to hear them.

Current Mood: stressed
Wednesday, December 31st, 2003
6:07 pm
what's the minimum wage?

is there any laws against working a minor under minimum wage?

i work at food city, and i've been there since may, and i just found out today that i make 5.30/hr. they started me at 5.25. and what i was told when i first started was that i would be making 5.50 and i signed papers and everything. i got my first evaluation after 90days, which was supposed to bring me up to 5.55 or 5.56. ok. so a couple weeks ago i got my second evaluation and who knows what that was supposed to be me up to. probably around 5.75 or higher.

any suggestions

also, i'm under 18.
Saturday, November 22nd, 2003
12:05 am
under paid
i have realized that i am wayyyyyyy underpaid.

when i used to babysit i was paid $5/hr and all I had to do was keep the kids safe, entertained and make sure they had a good time, and encourage cleaning up afterwards (I did most of it, though) to ensure that the parents would have me back.

now the job i have pays minimum wage (at Ontario standards, which is $6.85), which is pretty good minimum wage compared to some countries/provinces, however considering the minimum wage has been this way for the past 10 years is saying something.

anyway this job involves some babysitting (which I got paid $5/hr for, remember that)....in fact the job is like 60% babysitting, I have to keep the customers happy, make sure they don't have anything to complain about, and I Have to pick up after them. so that's where $5/hr of my job comes from.

So....the other $1.85 of my wages remaining pays for the work I do in cooking/making food (sandwiches, pizza's, and making of coffee, and such), keeping the place up to health standards (sweeping, mopping the floors, and cleaning table tops in general), cleaning windows).

so is it just me, or am i grossly underpaid? most minimum wagers are i'd suppose. we're told/made to do a lot of things over what we're supposed to.

i mean look at people in offices, they do a lot less manual labour than we do, they just sit on their duffs and type on a computer. okay there's a lot of intelligence involved in that, but are you saying that because i work a minimum wage job i'm dumber than everyone else?

people that work in factories, which is a very physically demanding job get paid more than we do, and they just move boxes/make things, they don't multi-task as much as we do.

damnit, this sucks. we are so under-appreciated. they have a 'secretaries day' where's the 'poor minimum-wage-slobs' day?!?!

Friday, November 21st, 2003
1:14 pm
minimum wage laws?
A thread in Libertarianism.

minimum wage laws?

Current Mood: angry
Sunday, November 9th, 2003
7:35 pm
low wages suck....
has anyone read Barbra Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed??
It is ALL about the horrids of minimum wage people.
sucks eh?

Current Mood: angry
Saturday, November 1st, 2003
5:59 pm
We stand behind the counter, or we sit at the desk. Hostages.

We cannot react, we cannot fight back, we cannot say or do anything in defense.

So we stand there, that glazed, blank look in our eyes while the customer rants.

"You call this hot?"
"This is fucking great."
"What are you, stupid?!"
"I demand to see the manager!"
"You're a useless piece of shit."

ad nauseum.

What can we do? Can we retaliate and inform them that they themselves are useless? worthless? stupid?


We just avert our eyes (so as not to encourage their wrath, who are we, to be permitted to look them in the eye? we are their slaves, their servants), and we can only mumble our useless excuses, that we're sorry, that we'll fix it.

We are anonymous to them, and so they feel the need to retaliate, to lash out at us.

Defenseless, faceless, mindless.

They can't tell their neighbour to fuck off, they can't tell their boss to take a flying leap.

But they can sure tell US to do it.

When we step behind that counter, or we sit at that desk, when we slip into that uniform we are, to them, no longer human.
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