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Forum Post: Warehouse Wage Slave

Posted 2 years ago on March 3, 2012, 8:28 p.m. EST by GirlFriday (17442)
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Several months prior, I'd reported on an Ohio warehouse where workers shipped products for online retailers under conditions that were surprisingly demoralizing and dehumanizing, even to someone who's spent a lot of time working in warehouses, which I have. And then my editors sat me down. "We want you to go work for Amalgamated Product Giant Shipping Worldwide Inc.," they said. I'd have to give my real name and job history when I applied, and I couldn't lie if asked for any specifics. (I wasn't.) But I'd smudge identifying details of people and the company itself. Anyway, to do otherwise might give people the impression that these conditions apply only to one warehouse or one company. Which they don't. http://motherjones.com/politics/2012/02/mac-mcclelland-free-online-shipping-warehouses-labor

If you guys still haven't read this article, please do. It is a little longish but well worth it. She walked because she could. It simply isn't an option for those that do this work.

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[-] 2 points by richardkentgates (3269) from Fort Walton Beach, FL 2 years ago

Ever worked in a kitchen?

[-] -1 points by GirlFriday (17442) 2 years ago

Yep.

But, they didn't have that article. :D

[-] 0 points by richardkentgates (3269) from Fort Walton Beach, FL 2 years ago

It was a good article. Good find.

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17442) 2 years ago

Thanks.

I will see if I can't find one that does the back of the house justice.

[-] 1 points by shooz (18019) 2 years ago

Crazy place to work, isn't it?

I've never worked in place a that could dock you for taking a leak.

You could get fired for constipation.

For years I thought they drop shipped from the products origin.

Both of those articles were enlightening.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17442) 2 years ago

It sounds insane. I also thought that they shipped from the products origin. It wasn't until a couple years ago that the Amazon warehouses came up on the radar that I even became aware. Even so, I didn't realize that they were that bad.

[-] 1 points by shooz (18019) 2 years ago

Makes me glad I don't buy much off the net, and it will make me think twice the next time I'm tempted........

With all the temps, it would be a difficult place to unionize.

I wonder if they even offer a discount on the merchandize for their employees. Somehow, I doubt it.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17442) 2 years ago

I bet if it was mentioned or if someone even looked like they were thinking about it then they would shut it down and move or they would be fired immediately. I am just getting that from what is reported as being spoken between management and employees.

[-] 2 points by shooz (18019) 2 years ago

There sure is an oversupply of empty warehouses around.

Sounds like another sham, foisted off in rural areas.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17442) 2 years ago

Probably. Go to a place with poverty and they will do anything.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17442) 2 years ago

That's interesting. Good article.

[-] 1 points by engineer4 (272) 2 years ago

Read part of the article. My question is this: why take the job or even stay there? Is it the only job in town or the only job the worker is qualified to obtain ?

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17442) 2 years ago

Jobs are pretty difficult to obtain at the moment. They have been for some time. So, people are doing what they have to do just to get a job. The article points out that they fire people left and right. She was given words to say on cue in order to maintain her job.

[-] 0 points by onepercentguy (294) 2 years ago

ppl dont have jobs so they complain. ppl get jobs like this and since they arent rainbows and sunshine, they complain some more. typical.

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 2 years ago

people don't have money and complain

[-] -1 points by GirlFriday (17442) 2 years ago

Yes, I completely and totally expect you to justify treating people like crap. I have no expectations of your ability to discuss issues of importance.

[-] 1 points by onepercentguy (294) 2 years ago

people are treated like crap in all jobs, no offense. many basic service industry employees are treated far far worse. get over it.

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17442) 2 years ago

Then you don't mind if we discuss it, do you? I mean, since you by and large don't give a fuck...........fuck off.

[-] 2 points by onepercentguy (294) 2 years ago

not at all, im here for civil discourse. please say whatever you feel like saying.

although i am amused that my mere disagreement causes such vitriol and hate out of you ie "fuck off" and "piss off." no wonder no one takes OWS seriously anymore, its all black and white with you ppl, no nuance or shades of gray. its like arguing wih children sometimes.

[-] 1 points by nweiner (-9) 2 years ago

Most funny is that GirlFriday is one of the most powerful moderators on this site, and if anybody else would use that language they would be banned.

You must understand that OWS is the 1%, and everybody else is SHIT.

OWS was paid for by SOROS, the richest man in the world and he paid Kalle Lasn to setup this site using CANVAS-PROJECT (google), and they hired a bunch pornography assholes and pedophiles, and transsexuals to run this site ( all of Kalle Lasns 'friends' are weird ), ... to which you see complete fucking bizarre wacko assholes as moderators. Totally out of touch with mainstream america,

OWS only exists to instill 'protest-fatigue' in the innocent and discouraged.

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17442) 2 years ago

I'm not a moderator. Watching you go into a frenzy anytime real issues are discussed is pure entertainment.

[-] 0 points by nweiner (-9) 2 years ago

If I thought you were a women I would address you as 'bitch', but I know you to not be a woman, ... so IMHO your just a BOT.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17442) 2 years ago

Listen up and let your 49 other IDs know this.

You have been rather spoiled through using intimidation tactics on females. You have become accustomed to name calling women and having an over emotional reaction by the use of a word. The ever dreaded C word or bitch is supposed to send women over the edge. You think that is all it takes.

Pack a lunch. You say bitch like it's a bad thing.

[-] -1 points by onepercentguy (294) 2 years ago

someone claims to have a lot of money, they must be trolling.

if me having so much discretionary money offends you, i am sorry.

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17442) 2 years ago

No....

The rule of thumb is that you don't really add much to any conversation. I replied to your topic. Perhaps, you will be able to add to a conversation that you started. :D

[-] 0 points by onepercentguy (294) 2 years ago

kettle black. you only said "another bullshit thread" in that thread. that adds nothing to the conversation so i didnt respond

on the other hand, i was adding to the conversation here by merely disagreeing with you and saying ppl complain too much.

the bottom line is, you are only receptive to positive responses that agree with you and are immediatwly hostile to those that arent, legitimate or not. that hardly qualifies as civil discourse and its quite childish.

if i was such a troll, why arent my reputation points much lower?

silliness

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17442) 2 years ago

Get back to me when you have a legitimate argument. :D

[-] 0 points by onepercentguy (294) 2 years ago

game. set. match.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17442) 2 years ago

You don't have any victory. I see you edited your post. When you have the capacity to propose a legitimate argument, then I will listen. I talk to people that I do not agree with 100% all of the time. Perhaps it is time for you to rethink your attitude.

It really chaps your hide that you haven't been able to run me off this forum.

[-] 0 points by onepercentguy (294) 2 years ago

not at all, this place would be far less engaging or amusing without people like you. please stay and keep contributing. i suggest not taking things so seriously.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17442) 2 years ago

And another edit. Fuck. You. :D

[-] -2 points by hdean (-29) 2 years ago

'girlfriday' works in an Indian Call center, has no concern, care or knowledge of the real ameriKKKa, making a $1/day posting shit on this forum for CANVAS (SOROS)

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17442) 2 years ago

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[-] 0 points by hdean (-29) 2 years ago

GirlFriday 3354 points, been here since the beginning, an OWS moderator, one of the God's, Soro's chosen people the 1%

I'm just one of the 99% those you hate so fucking much, ... why was I born on March 1, 2012? Cuz assholes bitches like you delete us 99% everyday on this forum.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17442) 2 years ago

Nobody deletes you. I'm not a moderator.

You're just one of the Koch whores. You are 99% chump.

[-] -1 points by hdean (-29) 2 years ago

Yep, 3 days old and not deleted yet, .. this is a fucking miracle. The majority of the mod's here must have taken the weekend off and gone somewhere and found a life.

Everybody that doesn't eat Obama shit is on the KOCH payroll?

But SOROS is 1000X richer than KOCH, and its a fact that SOROS paid for this site,

It's rather clear that KOCH is a tight asshole for his money and doesn't give much to anybody, ... but never mind the reality, its good to have a bogey man, if your only solution to ameriKKKa's problems is OBAMA.

You never hear about KOCH trying to run the world, ... too busy running his companys, .. but on the other hand SOROS has spent the last 20 years of his life trying to rule the world,

Big fucking difference, I'm no KOCH defender, but I can tell you his mission is to get the government off his back and SOROS mission is to put the government on your back, ...

BIG fucking difference,

[-] -2 points by SmeggitySpooge (78) 2 years ago

Stick a sock in it.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17442) 2 years ago

Problem, troll?

[-] -1 points by SmeggitySpooge (78) 2 years ago

simple solution, don't get a warehouse job

make jewelry out of bottle caps or collect aluminum cans or do anything you are able to do in order to be your own boss

millions of americans do exactly that

[+] -4 points by DKAtoday (34858) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

All trolls have problems. Problem is instead of getting it looked at by a professional they try to give it away.

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17442) 2 years ago

Well, the head cannot be examined until it is removed from the ass. Pity, too. I believe they have made great strides in the mental health area.

[-] -1 points by SmeggitySpooge (78) 2 years ago

Of course you believe that. Somehow the rapists and big pharma kept you from slitting your wrists. That actually only proves it's advanced in the wrong direction.

You're bleeding heart liberal fool self also believes people drawing a check for 100% mental disability should retain their voting and jury duty rights.

[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (17442) 2 years ago

LOL @ your future unemployment as a troll. When it is all said and done you won't be able to get a job under a bridge.

[-] -1 points by SmeggitySpooge (78) 2 years ago

It doesn't matter, I own the damned bridge and haven't had a job in over 10 years. I don't need one and won't anytime soon.

Now you run along and go whore yourself out punching that time clock, peon.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17442) 2 years ago

You don't own shit but the tweezers that your girlfriend uses to find your little dick.

[-] -2 points by SmeggitySpooge (78) 2 years ago

She owns her own tweezers and microscope too. I know you are jealous and want the government to give you free tweezers and microscope to go with your free birth control pills.

Let's talk more about your prior suicide attempts. It must be hard knowing you've failed at everything, including rightfully ridding the world of your presence. You should feel bad about that, it's completely normal. Wallow in it and embrace it.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17442) 2 years ago

LOL,You are so damn stupid. I can tell right away that the bigger the mouth on the guy the smaller the penis. So, I'm not jealous. :D

I don't fail. Never made a suicide attempt. :D

[-] -2 points by SmeggitySpooge (78) 2 years ago

Yes you have tried suicide several times, I read your diary.

You tried several times before the less then effective sex change operation was paid for by taxpayers. Many more times after that.

Just tell the truth, everyone knows your parents heavily abused hard home-cooked drugs during and prior to your inception and during your term. Everyone knows you were one of the 10+ babies born each week in the USA without any gender. We all know it wasn't easy for you as they foolishly had the Dr's to try and make a boy out of you instead of the much more common and successful female reconstruction path.

Don't lie about it and if you knew anything at all, you'd know I've got a cawk that is many times larger than my gigantic ego. I'm sure you've seen my movies and please stop seething over my refusal to sling you a bit of my hose monster. You can't win em all!

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17442) 2 years ago

You are pretty deranged. Movies? LOL " SmeggitySpooge stars in a Puny Penis Production Pop the Pimple.

Now, you are just boring me.

[-] -1 points by SmeggitySpooge (78) 2 years ago

Great, you paid to see it!

Thank$ !!!

Enjoy your fantasy of me boring or reaming you.

I'd rather poke a jar of rotten beef livers.

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17442) 2 years ago

Ha! Never.

Now, shhh the adults are going to talk for a minute. Shoo fly.

[-] -1 points by SmeggitySpooge (78) 2 years ago

Stop farting in public, that's plain nasty.

However, it brings me great delight to see you regress into your comfy and familiar state of shitzophrenia.

This time swallow a whole bottle of Tylenol on your peasant's empty stomach.

I know it's important for you to be successful at something comprised of at least a tiny shred of honor.

[+] -5 points by DKAtoday (34858) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

I think it's developed a crush on you.

I am so sorry.

I'm sure it's parents are absolutely mortified.

I heard they were looking into the theory of retroactive birth control.

So far they do know that their insurance does not cover it.

But I understand that they are willing to mortgage the house and/or sell some internal organs to finance.

Good people.

[-] -3 points by DKAtoday (34858) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

-1 points by SmeggitySpooge (8) 42 minutes ago = 100% Stooge.

Smack em smack em hard. Kick em where R limpballs has been receiving it the last couple days.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17442) 2 years ago

He's ridiculous and nothing but a little poser.

[+] -5 points by DKAtoday (34858) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

User name should be POS. Another in need of magical mystical music therapy.

Hey?

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17442) 2 years ago

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (4021) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 minutes ago I think it's developed a crush on you. I am so sorry. I'm sure it's parents are absolutely mortified. I heard they were looking into the theory of retroactive birth control. So far they do know that their insurance does not cover it. But I understand that they are willing to mortgage the house and/or sell some internal organs to finance. Good people. ↥like ↧dislike permalink


Yep, the way he chases me around is pretty pathetic. His parents are spearheading the movement for the really late term abortion.

[+] -5 points by DKAtoday (34858) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

I think I signed that petition. How horrifying for them.

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17442) 2 years ago

I agree. His mother must have spiraled into severe depression over it. His father has become disillusioned with him because he cannot even get him a job under a bridge.

The shame and the horror of it all.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17442) 2 years ago

I'd say POS is pretty accurate. I don't know if magical music therapy will work on him. Music helps the brain. I'm not so sure there is that much help for what he has.

[+] -4 points by DKAtoday (34858) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

You know?

Somehow I always find myself going back to that nature nurture question.

I have to wonder if when it was a child did it have a dog that wouldn't play with it?

Did it's parents try to help by tying a pork chop around it's neck? Did something go horribly wrong?

Or was it that it had a cat that would not go near it. So the well meaning parents greased it up with tuna fish oil. Made the kid popular with the cat, but not so much with the other kids.

Nature Nurture.

Just where does this stuff go wrong?

[-] -1 points by GirlFriday (17442) 2 years ago

Oh, he's a pork chop kid for sure. It has to be nature. Probably baffled his parents. They still haven't quite recovered. His mother is typing a letter as we speak, you know, an apology to the world.

[+] -5 points by DKAtoday (34858) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Yep it is truly sad how some kids grow-up or don't.

[+] -6 points by DKAtoday (34858) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Just think a little psychotherapy with music and a little judicious use of that magical mystical LSD and they might be able to join society in a positive and productive manner.

[-] -1 points by richardkentgates (3269) from Fort Walton Beach, FL 2 years ago

...people like that could only have a bad trip, it would be a waste of perfectly good cid.

[+] -7 points by DKAtoday (34858) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Proper music and surroundings. We should at least try to help. Mellow em with a maui-waui brownie or two.

[-] -1 points by GirlFriday (17442) 2 years ago

LOL.

[+] -7 points by DKAtoday (34858) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Well? I'm sure Berkeley held onto the notes.

[-] -1 points by GirlFriday (17442) 2 years ago

You're right, they probably did. Time to open up those dusty old file cabinets.

[+] -6 points by DKAtoday (34858) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

All-right socially responsible drug use. It's day has come. In a caring and sharing world. . . we don't abandon those who need help. We take them on a journey.

We all live in a yellow submarine a yellow submarine a yellow submarine.......

[-] -1 points by GirlFriday (17442) 2 years ago

That's too funny.

[+] -7 points by DKAtoday (34858) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Why . . . Thank you. I'm here every day doing shows at.............