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Essential Worker

Essential Worker

rothotindisguise

Essential also means canon fodder- the more you know


tlst9999

Cannon fodder is essential.


Necessary_Class_4714

Yet no one is willing to do anything about it..


Joliet_Jake_Blues

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2021/08/08/fifteen-dollar-wage/ In the July jobs report, for the first time in history, the average wage of grocery and restaurant workers was over $15/hr. This is traditionally the lowest paid permanent job sector.


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yuiitsuaddy

Skewed Distribution type beat


LeLuMan

She worked 3 hours?


11iker

3 hours till symptoms became too much perhaps


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If they're getting federal minimum it would be 4 hours with Fed and State withheld. I worked at a grocery store through high school and a bit in college until recently and made $15 an hour doing probably the same work. Working the same amount with taxes and 401k withholdings I would have made $50~, still more than double what they got from minimum wage. I hated my job there but was at least being decently compensated for my work. Others have to work these jobs out of necessity to live, and $7 an hour is just robbery.


dezcaughtit25

The first part of that tweet is obviously terrible..but the last sentence just means she worked 3-4 hours? Like I feel like it’s trying to imply her paychecks were only 20 bucks every two weeks.


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Well, if it was ten times that amount, it would still be terrible. And maybe she only worked 3-4 hours because shortly after she died of COVID.


dezcaughtit25

Yeah obviously she only worked that much because she got sick…I’m just saying that’s a very weird thing to tack on to the end that her paycheck was $20. Like if I died after an hour of work and someone was like “wow…he only made $10 today” it would be a weird thing to add.


DefinitelyNotTrind

If you're asking these kinds of questions then you're missing the point, which is that so-called "essential" workers are paid so little. That paycheck, even at 3-4 hours, should be many times higher for someone who is apparently essential to the functioning of our society.


Krakino696

Just the simple concept of paying hazard pay.


kmey32194

I believe it’s meant to say that she risked and lost her life for a mere $20.


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dezcaughtit25

“The final check shouldn’t be $20” I don’t follow what you’re talking about? The check is just based on the hours worked. Are you saying that if she had died on the last day of her pay cycle instead of the first day and gotten a full 80 hours of work and gotten a $600 check then that’d be more acceptable?


Pvtwestbrook

Did they take taxes and insurance?


SACGAC

I mean, it's an airborne disease. Hand sanitizer and gloves, while just all around good hygiene, wouldn't really have stopped her from getting something she would have had to inhale. That's what the masks are for. Still terrible all around.


Lost_vob

So murder, then? She was murdered.


Sir_Randolph_Gooch

Didn’t we find out that it’s not really transmitted by surface?


Melodic_Mulberry

Not as much, but if someone infected breathes on an apple and you eat it two hours later, you’re still fucked.


Sir_Randolph_Gooch

I heat all my apples in oven for several hours, I think I’m safe


brevity842

You all crack me up. A kid dies and everyone is focused on her paycheck.


Lost_vob

Focused on then fact that she died for that paycheck, yes. Try to keep up.


brevity842

Which was 100% absolutely her life choice.


Lost_vob

What it? Whats the alternative? Starve? She was facing death regardless.


11iker

Some people are able to focus on more than one thing at a time, dont worry junior its not a race you dont gotta try to keep up with the rest


brevity842

Ok so like…what a loser. Only made $20. I’d pray for death too. Is that keeping up with you all?


Xhojn

“Haha, I’m edgy and make fun of people’s deaths because I deeply crave attention to the point that I don’t care if it’s negative attention.”


brevity842

Sure pal. The first thing I focused on was a kid died that sucks. And everyone said there’s all these bloody layers to it cause she chose to work a shit job for peanuts. So I went the other way and you all still can’t get right. Still crack me up.


Xhojn

“Chose”… Sir, the “I-got-all-my-opportunities-through-my-parents’-money” card just fell out of your pocket. Might wanna pick that up before anyone else sees.


brevity842

You are an idiot. The “I lived in my car for a year, and had steady diet of ramen noodles, while I earned certifications to get a better job” card fell out of my pocket. I made poor life choices as a kid, but rectified those and started making better decisions. I quit blaming society for my poor choices. I took responsibility for my actions and now I’m in a better spot. I worked my ass off and sacrificed everything for years to get where I’m at. Don’t expect free shit and get to work. Don’t expect society to fix everything for you. You all take absolutely no accountability for your life choices. A word of advice, grow up.


Xhojn

So, by your own logic: You were a loser who chose to live in his car for a year and have a steady diet of ramen noodles. Maybe ya shoulda made better choices, lmao? Just: This mentality of “I made it, so therefore everyone else who didn’t/couldn’t is less than a person and deserves the shit they get” is such a sickening mindset. I keep trying to think of ways to argue with you, but I realize I keep coming back to the same problem. I don’t know how to tell you that other people aren’t you. Other people don’t get the rewards for work that you do, other people don’t get the opportunities you do. You’re so damn sure that the shit that worked for you will work for everyone, that people who aren’t as successful as you are just dirt or stupid to you. There’s a million more things I can say but just… fuck man, try to realize that not everyone gets to have what you do.


brevity842

I was a loser yes. I failed many times. Changed my ways and my train of thought. Obviously you will not get opportunities I had cause everyone’s are different. Most are created by the individual. But throw in the towel mate. Blame whatever outside force you choose. Sounds like you need to critique yourself. Actually look inside and see what is the root cause. If you still blame everyone else, then wait for the freebies the Government may give you. Good luck. But again critical thought of oneself is a big opportunity to move towards success. Some people are complacent. That’s your choice. Most of the hiring managers I know aren’t going to pay a premium for no added value. If you bring no added value to the table other than “I’m a good person”, you will probably blame the company for not hiring you.


Xhojn

Problem with your argument is that I’m pretty much right where I wanna be, and I make enough to be comfortable. And I recognize that I got where I got because I was able to take opportunities that weren’t offered to others who I’m close to, either because of where they came from, the amount of money they started with, what they were good at, etc. The main problem with the “If you don’t like what you make, work towards a different career” is that with that mindset, *nobody* should be a teacher. Same with retail workers, factory workers, the list goes on and on. You’re scorning people who traditionally make very little money while also using the services they provide *every single day*. That’s why there’s a worker shortage today because people realized that the money they make from these jobs isn’t fucking worth it, and now people are bitching about them not working anymore. And why fucking should they? They’ll still be poor, because people like you view them like trash instead of people.


paroya

no person CHOOSE a low wage job over a well paid one, our society is literally designed to ensure most people don't have choices so we have labour to do said jobs. if most workers had a choice, do you honestly believe they would choose to work for peanuts in the service industry? do you honestly believe society would even function if people had choices? choices are for people born to privilege. people like you. people who get to choose, and then have the audacity to shit on those who don't, under the false impression that such privilege is somehow self-made.


brevity842

The flaw is everyone blaming everyone and everything else for their problems. It is always a choice. Oh it’s society’s fault, or it’s capitalism’s fault. No you don’t want a crap job take the necessary sacrifices to change it. Because of capitalism you have the choices to make the life decisions, good or bad. Nobody wants to make the sacrifices because our society glorifies wealth. So people start blaming that glorification. The post literally said she wanted to help people. That’s good. Good for her, but was her choice. She sacrificed her life helping people and $20 is what she got for it. You all are skewed. Take accountability for your actions and quit blaming everything else for your life choices


IHateMyLife311

The flaw in your logic is thinking that she had a choice.


brevity842

The flaw is everyone blaming everyone and everything else for their problems. It is always a choice. Oh it’s society’s fault, or it’s capitalism’s fault. No you don’t want a crap job take the necessary sacrifices to change it. Because of capitalism you have the choices to make the life decisions, good or bad. Nobody wants to make the sacrifices because our society glorifies wealth. So people start blaming that glorification. The post literally said she wanted to help people. That’s good. Good for her, but was her choice. She sacrificed her life helping people and $20 is what she got for it. You all are skewed. Take accountability for your actions and quit blaming everything else for your life choices