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/thenumberonegecko Jan 15 '22

Yes that's a thing here in the U.S. Several jobs have had me buy my entire uniform (scrubs, work polo) or at least an aspect of my uniform (belt, certain color shoes, etc).

And yes, I would get punished if I didnt comply with the uniform required, so i had to suck it up and charge it to a credit card and hope I made enough hours to pay it all off, effectively cancelling my first week of pay.

Shits fucked.


u/Djildjamesh Jan 15 '22

Well this is fucked up


u/Cloberella Jan 15 '22

Yep, and if you bought it from them (a lot of places will sell you their uniform rather than have you source your own pieces) and don't return it when you leave, they can withhold your final check, or dock your pay.


u/Djildjamesh Jan 15 '22

I dont even think that would be a legal thing to do in the Netherlands .... and even if it would be I don't think company's would be on this level of regardless..


u/Cloberella Jan 15 '22

It really does depend on the job and company here. The biggest thing is that there's very little regulation for how companies can treat their employees. We have a few minimum requirements that are very low due to begin set decades ago and businesses are essentially on their honor to rise above. In the name of profits, most don't, and in fact, many look for ways to drop the bar even lower.

That being said, there are no rules preventing companies from being wonderful either. And Unions do exist. My current job is Union and it's a stark difference from my other positions. For example, I get free stuff, including "uniforms" (if you want to call them that, they're nice hoodies with the Union name on them that I wear all the time).

So, it really just depends but more often than not businesses in the US choose to be terrible because they can. Wooo freedom, I guess.


u/Djildjamesh Jan 15 '22

Good to hear, thanks for the details!