Ah, how did I know this thread would be full of people blathering on about "entitlement," breathlessly defending the interests of multibillion dollar corporations at the expense of normal people trying to get by, and generally displaying total ignorance of how the job market, the economy, and real life in general actually work. Bleh, you guys suck.
At 12/10/12 04:31 AM, DarkMatter wrote:
Unfortunately for all these people, the companies they work for can most likely outlast them financially, making the effort that much more futile IMO.
I doubt that they're trying to outlast them financially; like you said, that'd be impossible. They just need to last long enough to put a serious dent in the companies' PR. It might not seem like it effects much directly, but companies are very seriously concerned with their public image, and nobody wants the media making them look like Mr. Burns.
At 12/10/12 04:32 AM, Shauna wrote:
They chose that line of work knowing it's a minimum wage job. If you want something better, educate yourself.
What an absolute load of shit. You say "educate yourself" as though anyone can just up and get a college degree as long as they want it. A college education costs an enormous amount of money and a substantial input of time. Getting a degree while also working enough to pay for basic needs and bills and school isn't just difficult, it's often outright impossible, especially when you factor in kids and other family members and domestic tasks to take care of.
At 12/10/12 08:50 PM, RydiaLockheart wrote:
If fast food workers want to make more money, they should a) get my fucking order right, b) not give me an attitude if I ask for something like napkins. There are exceptions, of course, but a lot of folks in minimum wage positions are lazy, entitled assholes.
I read an interesting book by this historian about (among other things) colonial slave resistance where in the intro the author talks about how he used to work at McDonalds and how he and his coworkers would be lazy/loud/rude/violate dress codes/steal shit because on some level it was the only means they had of pushing back against their terrible working conditions.
It sucks that that kind of behavior sometimes gets unfairly taken out on the customer, but I can still empathize with it. People keep derisively sneering about "entitlement" in this thread, but there are some things that everyone really ought to be entitled to in their job, and dignity is one of them. Look at the wages and conditions most fast food workers are working under, and how they're typically treated by both management and customers, and tell me if you think they're afforded an acceptable level of dignity in their jobs.
At 12/10/12 06:25 AM, Sekhem wrote:
anyways, if you're undereducated, why not work in the oilfield, carbon black plant, or some other labor intensive job where you make 15$+ an hour with no education? they're just lazy
Oh yeah, how could we forget about all the lucrative opportunities for oilfield work in the inner city...