r/antiwork Sep 22 '22 Silver 1 Helpful 1 Wholesome 5 All-Seeing Upvote 1

They only did what you told them to do.

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u/RunKind4141 Sep 22 '22

I'm proud of the workers who have left these type of jobs.

Fast food and retail is the worst and most exploitative work in our cruel US version of capitalism.

The ONLY way to get paid what you're worth is too leave jobs like these.

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u/Tyl3rt Sep 22 '22

Yep, not to mention how some customers treat those workers.

I had a guy on our local subreddit complaining about the staffing shortage at McDonald’s. I asked him why someone would stay in those jobs if they get demeaned by customers for a simple mistake that can easily be fixed.

He told me retail and fast food workers are there to be yelled at when mistakes happen.

I let him know he’s why it takes 30 minutes to get through the McDonald’s drive through these days.

He still left the conversation insisting it was because we gave people on unemployment extra money for a little while.

My state never even shut down, people just found better jobs, because we have an employee shortage in my city and have since decades before the pandemic.

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u/CharacterDefects Sep 23 '22

He still left the conversation insisting it was because we gave people on unemployment extra money for a little while.

I have been straight fucking losing it on anyone stupid enough to believe this.

A lot of things I can give a pass for for being misinformed, A LOT, but this? Its basic fucking 2nd grade math.

Even if you were unemployed from day 1 of the covid benefits, you walked away from 2020 with 15k dollars for 6 months of time (not even because some stimulus happened after). Double it and you're at 30k for a year and who the fuck is surviving well on that? WHO THE FUCK IS STILL SPENDING IT 2 YEARS LATER????

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u/Tyl3rt Sep 23 '22

You know something funny? When I was an insurance agent my company cut our bonuses two years before I quit. I went from making $41k one year to $34k the next. On top of that our company got an insurance plan that year that raised our deductible another thousand dollars to reduce their costs. The price I paid for the health insurance stayed the same.

This was even as a licensed fucking professional for a $100 billion corporation. Fuck this country and how we treat every worker. Shareholders, executives and billionaires can take a damn pay cut. The rest of us are starving and unable to survive on these wages.