Private Conversations in Public Places

It should be first said that I’m not a fan of putting my laundry out for everyone else to gaze upon.  My problems are my problems.  Period.  If you’re going to talk about them, do it with the people relevant in an appropriate place.  That being said, while I was having lunch today I overheard the lady across the isle from me chatting with one of her girlfriends about her and her husbands money problems.  Don’t get me wrong, we all have to watch what we spend, money clearly does not grow on trees.  She was telling about how her dryer will not dry clothes anymore, but they don’t have the money to get a new one, or even a used one for that matter.  A nephew was having a birthday in a few weeks and it was going to be hard to find something that they could afford as a gift.  She lost her job a while back and hasn’t found anything yet, so they are on just one income and that one isn’t even a good one.  Creditors were calling and wanting to set them up on payment plans for what they have stopped paying on their cards to get their credit to stop sliding down and at least, hopefully, stabilized.  She starting crying because she didn’t know what they were going to do.  After overhearing of this, my heart was really going out to this lady.  I was sitting there, trying to hold back just walking over and giving her a hug.  Then this happened.  She said she keeps turning down jobs calling her back because she refuses to work for minimum wage or a job a high school kid should be doing.  Barnes and Noble wants her to stock shelves.  Hy Vee wants her to man a check-out.  Burger King wants her to be a shift manager, for just over minimum wage.  This really pisses me off.  If you’re going to bitch and moan because you don’t have any money and you don’t know what you’re going to do, yet you turn down jobs that are in my opinion pretty slack, that are going to pay you, you deserve what you are getting.  If you are too proud to put books on shelves in order to pay your electricity bill, you’d better start learning about solar and how to harness it pretty damn quick.

I hope she takes one of those jobs, for her and her families sake.  Come on lady, build yourself back up, you can do it.

 

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