One thing we see all the damn time on social media nowadays… one VERY annoying thing I might add, is (mostly) young whippersnappers complaining about their jobs. Pretty common, right? I mean, we’ve all done it. We’ve all had jobs that we’ve hated and would have quit in a heartbeat if better opportunities presented themselves. It’s one of the most common patterns among humans. Well, what annoys me about it is the hypocrisy that seems to fuel it nowadays, particularly in the minimum wage field (retail and fast food). Now, i’m not saying all customers are innocent. Not at all. There are some real fucking assholes in and out of every store every day. I totally understand that. I don’t agree with that bullshit-ass saying “The customer is always right”. Fuck that shit. However, what some of these people on the worker side of the fence fail to realize is that sometimes, just sometimes, the actions of these customers don’t always fall on their heads. A lot of the time, it’s due to the incompetence of you or your fellow apron or uniform-wearers.
I speak from experience on both ends when it comes to this. Sometimes it is the customer’s fault for being a dick, but sometimes, it because of some of you not knowing what the fuck you’re doing. Some of you can’t work a cash register to save your lives, some of you don’t know your ass from a hole in the ground when asked about certain products or where certain things are located, and some of you are just downright rude and nasty. Thus, contributing to the ”shitty mood” of an ”asshole”’ customer. I can’t even count on both hands the number of times I’ve seen a schmo who works at my local CVS roll his eyes at someone for simply wanting to know where the deodorant isle is or some stuck up cunt give people attitudes behind the counter at KFC for simply being asked to fix a botched order. It’s a very common and very real pattern that has existed for years and years, but now in 2017, employees, like many other people, seem to ignore that and refuse to open their eyes and acknowledge their own faults and put all the blame on the customers. Blaming their ”bad mood” on getting upset because your mouth-breathing asses can’t make a meal right, blaming them for not having the first clue how to handle a cash register and for various other petty, insipid factors that are no fault but your own!
Still not convinced? Well, to cement my point, here’s the most damning proof of all. The biggest testament to the hypocrisy of minimum wage workers and why a great deal of the blame rests on them and why it’s a problem that needs to be acknowledged:
Because THIS is what it leads to.
Around 2015, protests (as if we need any fucking more of those) began to arise among fast-food employees all across the nation in demand for a hike on their pay wages. The demand was for their pay to be raised to 15 dollars an hour. $15 an hour just for flipping burgers and pulling fries out of a deep-fryer. Tremendous. You know, it’s hilarious how we live in a culture who believes that they don’t owe anything to anybody and that every bullshit, juvenile act they pull is justifiable because it’s ”self-care”, because those same people who state those angsty claims clearly believe that they are the ones owed something. The irony is endless. You see, i’m in no way a role model or a fucking millionaire, nor do I have a perfect life or living situation, I have my faults and I do what I can to get by just like everyone else, but even I can see the absolute ludicrousness in this deal. These jobs, fast-food and retail, are minimum wage for a reason. They’re not hard jobs, they don’t require a wide array of knowledge or skill, and to pay that big a salary to dozens of employees just isn’t tangible for these chains to thrive financially. It just isn’t. You can whine and complain all you want, but what you cretins were demanding would benefit you initially, sure, but certainly not in the long run. It could hurt your employer’s wallet more than anything and lead to your workplace closing it’s doors. Then what?
Also, let’s talk about competence. There’s a reason the fast-food industry has a reputation for a majority of it’s workers being considered to be of substandard intellect. A lot of you don’t know what the fuck you’re doing, or just don’t give a shit. I know most of you are disgruntled for being ”underpaid” and having to do things you don’t want to do, but when you’re providing such wonderful services like this
Maybe there’s a good reason for the way you’re treated and looked at. So your protests and outcries are the biggest indictments of your ignorance and unwillingness to improve yourselves, and don’t give me that shit about how you’re ”just trying to survive”. If you think you can ”survive” flipping burgers or stocking shelves, you’re hopeless.
…and how did that work out for ya?
So, young workers, especially retail and fast-food employees, the next time you go online and piss and moan about every Tom, Dick and Nancy who walks through the doors during your shift or make a Tumblr or Facebook post mocking someone you interacted with for being an ”asshole”, first, make sure it is indeed their doing and not your own. I know that’s an incredibly tough concept to fathom for a lot of you, because a majority of you are degenerate misfit chuds, but the blame doesn’t always lie on everyone else but you. Sometimes it IS you, sometimes it’s one of your co-workers, sometimes, it’s your own incompetence and stupidity that’s your own undoing. Again, I get that there are some shitlords out there who want to ruin your day, I really do. The customer is NOT always right. I agree with that 100%, but don’t be ignorant. Your jobs aren’t the be-all, end-all of making a living and you’re not owed anything for being in the position you’re in and you’re not entitled to being respected or treated differently because you have it just a little harder than some others. Wake up, smarten the fuck up and do the best you can, or else shut the fuck up and go home. Enjoy homelessness and poverty.
“If you run into an asshole in the morning, you ran into an asshole. If you run into assholes all day, you’re the asshole.” – Raylan Givens, Justified
And remember, i’m not sorry.
Until next time.