Oh, stuff it.
The Waltons would be NOTHING without those food stamp eligible workers a the store level, who get the shelves stocked and customers cared for. The Waltons, at this point, aren’t doing anything to sustain the business.
As far as giving and taking, what the fuck is working retail and food service if not giving? Have you ever worked that sort of position? It’s grueling. It’s physically demanding. It’s taxing on your time and resources, especially when managers pull shit like scheduling you to close one night and open the next morning.
And you’re expected to put up with it for $7.25/hr??? Please.
And then you get food stamps to help supplement your substandard income - food stamps being a program that YOU ALSO PAY INTO WITH THE TAXES TAKEN OUT OF YOUR OWN MEAGER PAYCHECK - and you get called “lazy” and “a taker”.
God, fuck that.
Meanwhile, the CEO of the corporation you work for accepts MILLIONS of dollars in corporate welfare. And pays himself millions upon millions of dollars. And nobody bats a fucking eyelash. Because that’s the acceptable kind of welfare.
Go do a basic Google search on corporate welfare, then get back to me about “not giving but taking” and selfishness.
Obviously there’s a need for those workers. People need to eat, our culture determines that certain meals are eaten outside the home, and that we shop in certain types of market, and so on. The skill level is irrelevant. There is a need for that work to be done. Therefore the workers should be paid in an amount that allows them to do that job a humane number of hours a day, safely and reasonably and securely.
To suggest that people deserve to starve or suffer because the jobs they work don’t require a certain level of ‘skill’ is inhumane and disgusting and anyone who claims a thing like that should be ashamed of being such a shitty human being. This is not Animal Farm. Some animals are not more equal than others. You, no matter how much skill your work entails, are not more entitled to a living wage and a safe work environment than any other human being.
And let me tell you, as someone with a university degree, now a working writer, who regularly worked retail and food service in the past—there is a lot of skill involved in quickly and efficiently and cleanly serving the public. It is hard work, it is physical labour, and it is valuable. Someone who is serving you in some way is doing so because you are not doing it for yourself, they are your proxy for that task, they are equal to you, they are not your servant or your serf or your inferior. If you went into a “high paying” profession in hopes of being deemed a “more equal” animal, you have failed.
I’d like to see the anon work my job as an overnight cashier/customer service manager for Wal-Mart with a so called one month worth of training that anybody can do. I’ve seen people work for Wal-Mart for years not be able to hack the enormous amount of work and stress that is required. In order to fulfill my duties I have to schedule everything down in minute by minute details. I have a system that’s taken me years to perfect in order to ensure I get my shit done before the morning shift arrives and that’s all based on the condition that I have all my cashiers working up front and I don’t have any unexpected situations come up. And let me tell you something about that…THERE ARE ALWAYS UNEXPECTED SITUATIONS.
I’m a struggling actor and writer so I have to work retail in order to pay the bills and I’m not even doing that. The health care and benefits for employees is so degrading I feel like a second class citizen so it comes as no surprise when I’m treated as such by the people that shop there and the government officials who think I’m lazy for seeking benefits that will supplement my income enough so I can eat for the month. I’ve worked for Wal-Mart five years now and still cannot pull full time hours because the company refuses to allow more than a certain percentage of employees at full time and then they sit and cut the hours of every employee during the first four months of the new year to combat the ‘losses’ they took during the holidays when they had to hire more part time associates.
I’m so sick of people telling me to just get a different job if I want to get paid more. To better myself. I’m a fucking college graduate. I’ve spent five years trying to get a job in my field, or getting a book properly published, and I’m not the only one. The economy sucks. So I took a job at Wal-Mart in order to pay the student loans I had to take out for my education. My hours have been all over the place. I have been beaten down emotionally, yelled at, degraded, verbally insulted in Spanish and English, been threatened, and had things thrown at me by customers. On top of that my superiors have yelled at me, insulted me, told me I’m not doing my job correctly, and, on top of it all, been given written warnings for taking too many days off work when I was caring for my grandmother, whom I lived with at the time, while she was dying of cancer.
Retail and other jobs involving food and such is a thankless job. There is nothing rewarding about it because people treat you like shit. I’m lucky to see a smiling face when I go to work. You wonder why the workers always seem so downtrodden and put off it’s because people like you, anon, treat us like rubbish and then we have to turn around and listen to our superiors treat us like rubbish, all the while having to worry about whether we’ll be able to put food on the table for our families that night. So no. Fuck you. Fuck you and your superiority and for God’s sake if you think it’s so easy to stand on your feet for 8+ hours a day while you’re verbally insulted you do it.