Willio Lacomme of Cincinnati, Ohio is a fairly typical "behind the scenes" Walmart associate. He works in the receiving department, unloading trucks for $8.25 an hour.Is Willio happy to have a job, in the current climate? No. Not exactly:
When I first started two years ago, I was in maintenance and only got $7-something an hour. I kept saying, this is what you guys pay? They said, if you want more, we have this position in receiving. So that's how I got to $8.25 an hour. I'm still fighting with them because it is so much work for very little.So find a better job! Just like, well, you already did once...
But you get the feeling that Willio, like Willietta before him (gosh, is it something to do with the name..?), doesn’t want a different job, he just thinks he’s entitled to be paid more for the one he has:
Technically for me, there's no good day. It's just when you get there, you already know how it is and what it's going to be like. You know, it's a struggle every day. You don't get paid well. You never do exactly what you sign up to do. You finish doing what you're supposed to do and then they drop more. If we finish the truck fast and think we're going to have a short day, they just say "ha ha". And then they ask you to do more. There's never a "good day" in that sense. No matter how hard you work, you have to meet the minutes.Congratulations, Willio, you just described the world of work, for pretty much everyone who isn’t their own boss.
Yes, you go in to work and they tell you what to do, and you do it. In return, they give you what they think that work is worth. What did you expect..?
It used to be said that an American, watching a Cadillac go by, would say 'Wow! I got to get rich & buy me one of those!' whereas a Brit would say 'Hmm, I really don't think he deserves that when I only have a Mini'. Clearly, that no longer applies...
The English attitude is still there, though:
Julia Casson, of Hove, has taken a stand at Italian restaurant Otello in Church Road, Hove, after being told waiters don’t receive a share of the tips.
The mum-of-two said she gives waiters cash instead – but has now been told not to return. But the restaurant said the disgruntled diner was not banned and warned she must pay the obligatory service charge.
Ms Casson said: “I’ve taken it very personally.
“Several waiters have told me the tips go to management<.b> and towards maintenance of the building.
“So I always leave cash on the table instead and the waiters have always been grateful. I was told if it happens again I would not be welcome back. I don’t see why my hard earned money should be given to the fat cat owners.“
Because it’s their business, Julia. It doesn’t belong to the waiters, it’s up to the business owners to decide on tips policy, not you.
What about this is hard to understand?