Burger King employee who never missed work in 27 years and got a backpack, movie ticket, and Starbuc

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  1. FreshAir

    FreshAir Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    who cares, I think it should be respected that people work and support themselves, just cause he is not running the business does not make him any less a human being
     
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    Doofenshmirtz Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    I once had a job opening envelopes and separating the contents into two piles. Pretty much anyone who can fog a mirror could do the job. Thats why it paid $3.35/hr. I only worked there 3 days and my coworkers hated me for doing twice as many per hour than them.
     
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    Stuart Wolfe Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    FA, have you ever worked fast food? The question is an honest one. When I worked there, the only people who'd been there over five years were the assistant managers.

    No one here said he was less of a human being - it's just the nature of the beast that is fast food. No one stays there that long at that level - it's just unheard of. It IS - curious.
     
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    I'm actually shocked at how good a benefits package Burger King offers-

    https://employeebenefit.info/burger-king-employee-benefits/

    401K, healthcare, dental, tuition assistance, etc...

    How much this particular employee has in his 401K(if anything) mostly depends on when/if he opted to contribute to it, and how much.

    I doubt this man's pay was all that good, because he worked a low-skill job that doesn't justify much above a low-end wage.

    But, just because Burger King offered him a pretty good benefits package, I'm sure that won't stop him from biting the hand that has fed him for all these years, because that's apparently what certain people do when they don't get the gold watch and Cadillac they feel entitled to after flipping burgers for 30 years like a dimwit.
     
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  5. FreshAir

    FreshAir Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    I have, was hard work, under paid - but at the time, it was work

    if I had to, I would work there again

    I agree, if he had other options, he prob would have taken them, not everyone does - we don't want to make people feel like POS that work these type of jobs, what is the alternative for some... crime?
     
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    Your reference to children working in coal mines is a false analogy fallacy. You are comparing minors being forced to work in dangerous conditions a hundred years ago for long hours, for pennies a day, to an adult today working for the government specified minimum wage and safe condition in compliance with OHSA.

    Your reference to "other civilized nations" without any specifics appears to be an argumentum ad populum fallacy. Would you care to to specify what countries you are talking about, and what sort of life style is available in these countries for those performing minimum wage work. The America tax payer already provides welfare to low income working people via the EITC "refunds" to people who pay no taxes. Of late, liberals here on PF always post about how great things are in other countries. Yet for some reason people want to come to the US. That includes people from Eastern Europe that could more easily go to an EU country.
     
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    I never said it made him less of a human being, it just shows he has no ambition.
     
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    Or he may have all sorts of challenges that make learning a more complicated career a lot more difficult that we might suspect. Its the easiest thing in the world to seek advancement, if you have the physical, mental and pscho-social skills and abilities that most of us do. We know he is not lazy or sickly, or unable to stand on his feet, or take instruction or communicate with customers etc or he could never have survived 27 years with all the different co-workers and bosses that that entails. He's got workskills in abundance but thats all we know.
     
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    i have zero doubt that may be right. It’s not like I’m mad at the guy, I’m just not sure how much he should expect from 27 years. I’d say a couple weeks vacay, maybe some extra stock % thrown his way. The company could have chosen to use this for positive marketing. Maybe he’s not camera friendly.
     
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    which is fine, not everyone can be everything, but he did work and support himself, that is to be commended in anyone
     
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    Oh, absolutely. I mean, the guy never missed a day in 27 years? I mean, that's a guy you ESPECIALLY want as a lead or assistant manager. Meanwhile I worked with employees who did this:

     
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    1. Who are these "certain people" you speak of?
    2. Where exactly was he expecting something or complained? You said you're sure he's going to try and bite the hand that feeds him. So where is your proof of this since you're so sure?
     
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    Yes why? Why would a person remain a less than $300 worker for 27 years?
     
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    Lots of reasons: complacency, access to work (we rent to a few people that keep a bad job because they can walk to it), mental illness such as aversions to new environments
     
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    Well, that's kinda what some of us are wondering about here. I got a raise when I made lead and a bigger one when I made assistant manager. He shoulda easily gotten a promotion or two, used the experience and moved to greener pastures. Like I said, we got someone with perfect attendance, clearly has a great work ethic, any manager woulda written a glowing recommendation for him - very odd. I wish I had dozens like him working at my unit - unless there's something we're not being told here because no way he wouldn'ta made AM by now otherwise.

    But I don't think anyone ever expected working at a fast food joint to be anything like a living wage anyway. I worked two jobs - sorta two anna half - to put myself thru college and I was living in an apartment with a buncha other people. I don't think any of us expected we were gonna do that forever.
     
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    Which is kind of my point, you can work 2 full time jobs and not be able to afford basic necessities plus the cost of work such as childcare or you can not work and make the same. The government shouldn’t be subsidizing business in this way.
     
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    There are many people like this. A high school teacher and coach in my area didn't miss a day in 37 years. He had over two years of accumulated sick leave.
     
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    27 years........
     
  19. Matt84

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    If he works, conservatives throw mud on him. If he were on welfare, they'd throw mud on him.

    Not sure what he's supposed to do.
     
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    I think the larger point @Bluesguy was making is how could someone stay at the same job for 27 years and not get bored outta his mind doing so? I mean, I loved my job at Carls at the time but no way could I have done the same thing for even a decade. That was what was nice about being an assistant manager; at that level every single day was nearly a totally different experience. I've been teaching for about thirty years now but I've always had differing grades and subjects to teach that change semester to semester so it never gets old.

    I guess maybe the mental illness/aversion to new environment thing might be the best answer here. I mean, he's the kinda employee all management dreams of having but - 27 years at the same place doing the same thing at the same rank? I think I'd go mad.
     
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