I had a recent conversation with someone that really made me mad. Here we are in an economy that not only makes it difficult to find work, but downright impossible for many. Sometimes, the only job available is 100 miles or more away, or for a horrible company, a mega giant that pays nothing, offers nothing, and puts good people and businesses out of work. This person had recently visited one of those stores.
This person than told me how rude the sales floor employee was towards her. “I could’ve gotten them fired!” Really? Does that make you feel good? Does it make you feel powerful to know that you control whether this person and any and all persons they help support will or will not eat in the near future?
I laughed at her. I knew the company, and its policies, and knew they wouldn’t fire them over that. She argued, so I told her to find them another job. If she doesn’t like the fact that this poor man is abused by his company, has a miserable job, probably life, and has to put up with the most stupid people on earth asking him the same questions over and over, then find him work elsewhere. “Why should I?”
“Well, he’s not going to. Tell me where he can find work. Where is he going to go?”
“It’s not my job to find him a job.”
But it is her job to “get him fired?” This arrogant and just plain mean attitude and actions made me so mad, I had to tell my little world how I felt about it. I’m sorry they were rude. They’re not an actor with a script, and if they were better at being nice when they’re beyond unhappy, they would have a job as an actor, not as one of the lowest paid and most disrespected positions known.
Not to mention the fact that you would complain if they didn’t work, so why are you complaining when they are? Why are you complaining about not being nice when you, yourself, was going to do something much “unnicer” than being rude-trying to remove someone’s livelihood from them. Something that they have traveled who knows how far for, and searched who knows how long for before finally giving up and taking that position because it’s all there was.
Be nice people. Think of others. Understand others. Don’t be so arrogant that you can not see past your own bubble. Tip your waiter/waitress. It doesn’t matter if you agree with the system or not. The employer does, and they will not raise their pay just because you want them to. I quit being friends with people for “I don’t believe in tipping.”, and I’ll do it again. I don’t want to be associated with mean and arrogant people.