r/antiwork Jan 14 '22 Silver 5 Helpful 16 Wholesome 10

So sorry, I'm broke so I can only pay you $77 for my food. You were great though.

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u/Quinn0Matic Jan 15 '22 Gold Helpful Wholesome

Tipping should be illegal, and I say that as someone who relies on tips.

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u/DanTheRocketeer Jan 15 '22

Tipping shouldn’t be illegal, it should be bonus. That’s how it’s is pretty much everywhere other than the US - the servers get paid a living wage and if they get tipped it’s either theirs to keep or split amongst all the servers (the former being the better system).

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u/Secondary123098 Jan 15 '22 Ally

Tipping should be everywhere! Surgeon operated early, tip! Politician passed that law you wanted, bonus! Teacher gave your child an A, have a little cash.

Tips are called bribes in any area of employment where the employees are not horrifically mistreated and underpaid. They have no place in a civilized culture.

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u/crocrux Jan 15 '22

even Walmart employees can't accept tips

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u/Ehcksit Jan 15 '22

I worked grocery and we weren't allowed to accept tips. An old lady knew that and dragged me to the back of the store to shake my hand and pass off a folded $5 bill like we were breaking the law or something.

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u/Tribblehappy Jan 15 '22

Had a customer offer me $20 back when I was young working at a pet store (I think I helped her with her birds? Maybe? It was 2001). I told her repeatedly I couldn't accept it, so she dropped it, said "oops!" And left.

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u/workshardanddies Jan 15 '22

I did this at a grocery store at the beginning of the pandemic. Wanted to tip the cashier and the person who bagged my groceries. Was told that they couldn't accept it, so I just dropped two twenty dollar bills on the counter and left.

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u/IronMyr Jan 15 '22

I had a similar experience once. HR manager was so confused when I dropped the tip off. I guess they never expected anyone to actually follow that policy.

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u/Murameowsa Jan 15 '22

Yep, my coworkers who helped little old ladies put their cat litter in the trunk would get a tip slipped into their front shirt pocket like in the movies when someone bribes a guard to look the other way while they rob the casino.

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u/labellavita1985 Jan 15 '22

I love this story.

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u/Few-Swordfish-6722 Jan 15 '22

Me to. I pictured that clearly. Lol

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u/susetchka Jan 15 '22

I work grocery also. A lady said, "Take the damn money." Lol 😂

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u/thejackruark Jan 15 '22

dragged me to the back of the store to shake my hand and pass off a folded $5 bill like we were breaking the law

Old ladies are just the most precious. I think that's why we loved Betty White so much, she was America's old lady

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u/crocrux Jan 15 '22

this has also happened to me but on a register, I was so worried all day someone would come pull me off but it never happened. I have a feeling most managers don't give a flying fuck unless they directly see you accepting it

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u/MixAdventurous6222 Jan 15 '22

my nana does that too so my mom doesn't know

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u/starfreeek Jan 15 '22

I had an old guy do that to me when I used to work at circuit City as a tech. He brought his laptop in on 2 separate occasions to have it worked on and I couldn't in good conscious intake it because there wasn't an actual problem to fix, he just didn't know what to do(like it took me less than 30 seconds each time to get him rolling again). The second time he took me out the parking lot and gave me something.

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u/damiandarko2 Jan 15 '22

a blowjob

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u/starfreeek Jan 15 '22

Haha! But no is was a 20.

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u/CaptainMisha12 Jan 15 '22

Aw, that's so sweet.

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u/34TM3138 Jan 15 '22

When I was 16 and worked as a bag boy at a grocery in the DC area, an "older" lady (she was probably in her 40s) would always have myself or this one other bag boy help her with her groceries, and we always got nice generous tips clandestinely shoved very deeply down into our pockets, lol.

And yes, as an adult I now know that is creepy...but that lady paid for a lot of my weed and gave me a lot of good dreams, so I can't be too salty about it.

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u/Kirian42 Jan 15 '22

I kinda laughed, then realized this isn't "creepy," she was sexually assaulting you.

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u/34TM3138 Jan 15 '22

In today's terms...yes. in the early 90s, that was fun times. Not that I am okaying that behavior either...like I said, in hindsight, not so much. 16 y/o me though was stoked.

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u/Cloberella Jan 15 '22

I used to work at a Nursing Home, and the families of residents and residents would want to tip me or give me gifts all the time, but I wasn't allowed to accept them. One lady used to sneak up behind me and drop trinkets into the pockets of my cardigan, and then I'd have to sneak back into her apartment when she was at an activity and put the items back.

On my last day families (of residents, I never accepted gifts from the residents themselves because many had Dementia) gave me large amounts of cash gifts and other things. I was advised if I ever planned on returning to the facility to not accept the gifts or hide them and be very hush-hush about it.

I didn't plan on returning, and enjoyed my gifts and thanked everyone appropriately.

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u/ManyDeliciousJuices Jan 15 '22

When I worked in food retail we had a shared tip jar. But one time this lady insisted, "NO, this is for YOU" and literally laid on her belly across the counter to personally put cash directly into my pants pocket. It was quite memorable.

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u/stillrecruiting Jan 15 '22

I worked a Walmart forever ago as a cashier and a guy insisted on tipping me and I kept refusing so he “dropped” it in a bag on the little bag carousel and turned it toward me and walked away

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u/kingofducs Jan 15 '22

But Walmart loves when they have to accept food stamps

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u/talino2321 Jan 15 '22

Don't they actually show new hires how to apply for SNAP as part of their new hire training?

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u/BankshotMcG Jan 15 '22 edited Jan 16 '22

While scheduling them at 39.5 hours a week.

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u/Loki_61089 Jan 15 '22

and then cutting your hours the week before you'd be up for review for Full-Time Benefits, so they don't have to give you Full-Time Benefits.

Was a victim of that more than once.

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u/Loki_61089 Jan 15 '22

can confirm this, as a former employee of 10 years

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u/fluppuppy Jan 15 '22

Walmart will fire you over $1

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u/OneMillionSchwifties Jan 15 '22

Walmart will fire you for eating unopened, but expired beef jerky from the dumpster. They'll even wait a whole year to bring it up and fire you over it.

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u/Tribblehappy Jan 15 '22

I worked at a PetSmart. Sometimes aquariums arrived broken, and we would salvage usable items (starter kits would have filters etc). A coworker took some sample packs of bacterial starter and was fired. For taking samples ... Which came from written off product.

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u/TatsuandFlorian Jan 15 '22

I used to work at petsmart. I never got sacked for it but the things from work we took home were the animals too old to be sold when people brought them back.

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u/zeusrulz Jan 15 '22

I also worked at PetSmart and I never want to work there again, my manager was actually awesome but I had to witness a hamster die from blood loss because of wet tail and because of the return policy thing where you can return animals as long as it's before a week or two, we got two parakeets that were returned because their necks were broken and it appeared it was done deliberately I felt so bad

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u/TatsuandFlorian Jan 15 '22

That's vile, those poor birds. I used to feel particularly protective of the rats because some people would just assume a single rat and a small cage was a viable option. I used to spend a long time going around the shops with the people I didn't put off building up a vast trolley of everything to keep a pair very comfortably housed. I got away with it because it would cost them quite a bit. My favourite bit was probably the dog regulars and people leaving their pre vaxed puppies for me to hold on till while they went around to pick up supplies. I remember a lot of fat, bald, warm little tummies. I also found the walk in combined with putting out large delivery bags a very good gym substitute. Eventually I left because the wages were so poor and I was mentally bored. Shifts weren't my favourite thing either.

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u/Cloberella Jan 15 '22

I worked at a Sally's Beauty Supply and they would make us "damage out" and "destroy" (put in the dumpster) any returned product. Makes sense for things like make-up, but sometimes a beard trimmer or a flat iron would get returned in working condition but due to health and safety regulations would be considered damaged and have to be tossed.

My boss was cool and hated waste, so when that happened she would just put them in a little box next to the dumpster and employees could drive around back on their way home and pick out what they wanted before the rest got tossed.

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u/coffylover Jan 15 '22

Specific and awful :(

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u/CreatedSole Jan 15 '22

Fucking scum. When I worked at tim hortons I saw people get fired over eating a 16cent timbit because they were starving. It's a literal crumb to the company and is worth termination of their employment. I despise these companies that put profit before everything and everyone and look for any excuse they can to fire you if they don't like you for any reason.

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u/OneMillionSchwifties Jan 15 '22

Stuff like this is exactly why there's a push to leave the food service, warehouse, and factory based industries and enter the corporate office for most Americans. Most factory and food staff even act as their own cleaning staff. When's the last time you saw Mark in accounting push a mop or even clean the coffee maker tho?

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u/CreatedSole Jan 15 '22 edited Jan 16 '22

Facts though. I've worked food service, and subsequently worked general labor I'm in a warehouse after that for nearly a decade now. These companies treat people like slaves and children. It's disgusting. I myself am transitioning to being an electrician, but yeah I certainly understand the push for white collor work. That of course comes with its own set of problems yet it's better than being a literal cleaning, worker, server slave for companies that don't gaf if you dropped dead tomorrow

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u/OneMillionSchwifties Jan 15 '22

I mean, most places aren't gonna really care about you unless you give a killer bajowski, but you totally won't have to mop or get your hand caught in a roller line. Still surrounded by idiots, but at least you'll be in actual better working conditions

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u/Delicious_Payment_22 Jan 15 '22

And the idiots are on the news scratching their head wondering why there was a “great resignation” smh.

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u/OneMillionSchwifties Jan 15 '22

I mean I literally wouldn't flinch if 80% of restaurants were eliminated. I think it's a crazily over saturated market. It's the workers fault for agreeing to work their and it should be well within an adults ability to find a new job elsewhere. Not saying it's fun or easy, but it's literally possible. The issue here being, what industry are all of these "resigners" going to funnel into? Are they just jumping to a new company or are they actually changing fields? What is their goal in the short and long term? Do they actually have a plan or are they just acting out? If they act without planning can they really blame the systems around them?

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u/Rhyobit Jan 15 '22

16 cents when it's bought, fraction of that in cost to Tim Hortons.

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u/Plorpington Jan 15 '22

Super specific. Maybe that’s just the excuse they used against you?

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u/OneMillionSchwifties Jan 15 '22

It was a friend of mine, but yeah. It was during the last major recession (I wanna say like 2014?) and they were looking for reasons to let EVERYBODY go. They let over 30 people go at the end of their shifts not on Christmas day, but on fucking CHRISTMAS NIGHT. These were people who had been told there was a chance of layoffs and considered not coming in on Christmas, but they were told Christmas was a great day to work in hopes of proving themselves as team players and possibly keep their jobs. Their reasoning? Well, the holidays are over, we don't need most of you for another 9 months, so you're fired and also not allowed to reapply for 6 months in a neighborhood with almost ZERO other job opportunities for non-skill workers. I'm usually the first to put myself in a companies shoes, but even I can't defend that shit. They knew they were making promises they couldn't keep to men and women with kids at home... on fucking Christmas, dudes. On fucking Christmas.

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u/BankshotMcG Jan 15 '22

Damn, that's when you're being so evil three ghosts don't even consider you worth their time.

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u/Delicious_Payment_22 Jan 15 '22

Walmart uses modern day slavery in getting most of their produce from prisoners that work on farms for Pennie’s an hour if anything. I despise Walmart.

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u/OneMillionSchwifties Jan 15 '22

That's literally every country tho

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u/OneMillionSchwifties Jan 15 '22

I had a friend who worked the register there for maybe like 3 months. One day, he decided it was his last day and decided to only scan like, maybe 1 out of every 5 items? Ended up giving away a bunch of free shit to random strangers and getting fired by the end of the day. They were PISSED.

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u/fluppuppy Jan 15 '22

That sounds amazing though

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u/RedPandaInFlight Jan 15 '22

It's also theft. If they didn't call the cops, he got off lucky.

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u/OneMillionSchwifties Jan 15 '22

He did it in a way where he kept telling them it wasn't on purpose idk all the details. I haven't talked to him for clpse to a decade. Heroin kinda got a hold on him way back and he hasn't been around since.

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u/MemphisGalInTampa Apr 26 '22

Meanwhile, one of Sam’s offspring who married a basketball 🏀 player from the University of Memphis— Bill Laurie— donated $10, 000, 000 to the university…. But can’t pay the employees REAL living wages

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u/Rodaris Jan 15 '22

To be fair wallmart does not want their slaves to have a chance at advancing their lives.

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u/Insusurro Jan 15 '22

The company had a net profit of 13.5 billion last year. They can easily pay their employees more. They choose not to.

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u/wavytiger Apr 17 '22

yep, #17, #18 and #19 richest people on earth are the Walton heirs and they own only about half of Walmart stock

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u/circularstars Jan 15 '22

Sounds like a bad business model to me. Also, the reason why they have so many employees? Part-time employees that get 10 hours a week. When I worked there we had so many wonderful staff that wanted full-time positions or even just more hours each week to help pay the bills. I was told by one of the managers that Walmart wants a ton of employees that only get given a couple hours a week. That way when there’s an opening shift (someone is sick, quits, etc.) they’ll have plenty of people desperate enough to grab it on the spot.

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u/averyfinename Jan 15 '22

exactly, and if nobody except the gm and department heads are full time, far less to pay out in insurance and other benefits.

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u/SecretDevilsAdvocate Jan 15 '22

I don’t think you did the math right…how does 20 million become 2.2 million * 600? And I don’t think that’s reasonable for the ceo to give away all his earnings…

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u/Josh121199 Jan 15 '22

Who’s wallmart?

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u/ThatOneGuy1294 Jan 15 '22

Same for Safeway/Albertsons employees

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u/Mashed_Potato2 Jan 15 '22

Oh but we do. We'll atleast I do in my supermarket. We are t supposed to either but if I help a lady bring heavy shit to her car and she gives me 5 bucks I'm not gonna say no to that obviously.