thanksgiving day and black friday sales, as well as "big box retailers" in general, encapsulate much of what is wrong with america so i'm ok with the protests
congratulations, you have bought into corporate propaganda. yes, be mad at those willing to actually take a stand while you were "working slave jobs from 18-25 or so and were asked to work holidays away from your family" rather than the people who made you do it in the first place.
"where was the government when i was a child laborer from 8 or so? what makes these kids anymore deserving of a childhood devoid of 60 hour work weeks in textile mills than those who didn't have a national child labor committee just 5 years ago?" said great grandpa proudiddy
No, maybe I didn't make myself clear... I don't buy into anything "corporate" in regards to what they're selling. When I worked jobs like that, I viewed it as though I was going to work for "my business." I was CEO of Proudiddy International, I wasn't working for Target or Walmart, I was working for me. If they got in the way of getting my money with minimal problems, I made it hard on them or quit.
I got caught up in ranting, basically about how it's an issue now to other people because of those stupid online petitions... But, my true issue is how such petitions are asking others to validate their position, when truly, they have bought into the corporate propaganda if they don't realize they hold power over their own employment. Why can't people be responsible for themselves?
All these retailers have been doing the same crap for years, and I agree they are a part of "the problem," but an even bigger problem is people not asserting themselves when it comes to their own situation from the jump. That's why retailers have felt they can work employees like slaves, no questions asked. Now that I've bought into their agenda, go ahead, ask me how many holidays I've worked in my life... LOL.
That's my problem. Another example that comes to mind of people not asserting themselves individually, and then even collectively in those type of workplaces - After I decided I wasn't working anymore of those jobs unless I was hired in as a manager and I was in college, I was walking down the aisle at a Target in Durham. There was two young guys "zoning" or fronting the shelves... They were talking as they were doing it, laughing, etc. But they were working. All of a sudden this manager walks by and is completely in the zone - head straight forward, focused, not looking at anything around him. Then the manager passes the aisle the two young guys were on... He hears them talking and laughing as they're working. It's like it clicked a minute later... He stops, turns around, walks back to their aisle and says, "So it takes two of you to work this one aisle? Split up!" I wanted to choke that manager for them. But, they both put their head down, acted like two children whose mother just scolded them, and split up with not a word said back...
And it's funny you mocked my position with the "great grandpa schtick" as well referring to child labor because my first job was at a Hardee's, at 15, in which my manager worked us mercilessly and held me and several other kids well over the child labor hours on school nights... That was a good time though, lol.