Thursday, September 16, 2010

Budget Cuts

Yesterday, I was out writing at one of my usual locations.  It was a fairly productive session, and I was in a great mood.  However, when my brain overloads, I find myself people watching and eavesdropping on the conversations of others.  (Okay, I do this even when my brain isn't overloaded - I can't help myself.)  Hey, you never know when you might find new material, right?!  See, it's all for the sake of the book....

ANYWAY, two recent college graduates were sitting with a manager nearby.  It was there first day of training at their brand new minimum wage job.  I figured they probably looked, searched, and applied all summer, and with seasonal staff going back to school, decided their only option was to resort to an hourly job at the local bookstore.  I felt terrible - believe me! 

I overheard comments like, be sure to punch in..., you get to take a half hour break on your shift..., the employee discount is...., if something comes up it's your job to switch shifts with someone else.....It was the exact same speech I got as a seventeen year-old high school senior starting my first job at a CVS.  These people have degrees!!!

People go to college for a reason.  The reason is not so they can spend, on average, $45,000 dollars to obtain a job requiring only a high school diploma.  And I personally don't think it's fair that people are told it takes time, the economy is bad, you have to get your foot in the door.....

No.  I don't think so.  If someone is qualified and capable, they should not have to jump through hoops and perform a stage show to get a salary and health benefits.  Because if one of the many unemployed recent college graduates in our world happens to, God forbid, contract a serious illness, what are they expected to do?  Sorry, you got sick before you got your foot in the door.  We can't help you, unless you can afford the $150k medical bill.

I found myself getting very angry.  Believe me, being in this situation is far from enjoyable, and some of us have to stay a lot longer than the dates on our original itinerary.

I had to find something to make me laugh at the above described situation.  Thank you, Mamma M. for coming to the rescue.  For anyone who is plagued by unemployment, lay offs, budget cuts, a limited job market, etc. - THIS IS FOR YOU!

Come on, I thought it was funny!


  1. Oh my gosh!! This is hilarious! What a work of art!!!! (sorry for all the exclamation marks, I am lovin' the pics and the beautiful brain that came up with it)

  2. Glad you enjoyed it. Unfortunately, I can't take credit for being the brain behind the pictures - just the person who fount it and thought they should be shared!


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