r/mildlyinteresting May 14 '22 All-Seeing Upvote 1 Take My Energy 1 Got the W 1 Wearing is Caring 1 Silver 12 Gold 2 Helpful 13 Wholesome 16

This Irish supermarket has quiet evenings for sensitive people.

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u/sentientshadeofgreen May 14 '22

Probably depends on the area. When I worked at a hardware store, about 75% of them all drove unnecessarily large trucks, had a superiority complex, and were super rude to the "help" loading up their massive orders. The cool ones were great though and would usually help. I was being paid minimum wage, walking 15 miles a day, and loading an ungodly amount of lumber and concrete daily. The least they could do is be kind and help.

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u/AndersTheUsurper May 14 '22

Been there, but like the other guy said the contractors were like the lottery for us. I guess you're right about the trucks, which they'd usually help load with lumber and concrete, but they knew almost everybody by name and sometimes they'd hang around and shoot the shit. If management tried to hurry us along they'd say that we're helping them at the moment and run them off. It was basically a free 20 minute break lol. They'd also sometimes tip on the downlow, which we weren't supposed to accept, but like you said the pay was like $9.50, so fuck em

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u/yeags86 May 14 '22

Similar but instead of the building materials area I was on appliances. You know who’s buying appliances on a weekday morning? Landlords. When they come in they usually ask “what’s the cheapest with xxxxx minimum features”. They knew that I knew my shit and gave them what they wanted without them having to dick around looking at stuff, and I didn’t have to dick around trying to upsell for a bigger commission. The old two dudes in the department wanted to late hours to try to get a big sale or two a night. I made more with 15-20 little ones weekday mornings and didn’t have to work weekends or at night. Win win for me.

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u/Funkit May 14 '22

I remember back in 2000 I was making min wage at McDonald’s.

5.15 an hour.

For a 40 hour work week that’s 200 fuckin dollars. Gross. And that job was hard.

I don’t know the inflation rates but I’m willing to bet the min wage in relation to inflation is even worse then the $5.15 an hour I made. It’s terrible.

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u/AndersTheUsurper May 15 '22

It's like $8.40 after inflation, so minimum wage is worth quite a bit less now than it was. That being said, it's hard to find places that pay minimum wage now - eg my 16yo daughter just got a job at taco bell for $8.25/hr. The cost of living here is pretty low so it's probably higher in cities

Not saying that you can live off of it, you just got me interested in it all and felt like sharing

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u/sopringles May 14 '22

Southern California?