* Posts by TheSteve

10 posts • joined 26 Aug 2010

Yelp minimum wage row shines spotlight on … broke, fired employee

TheSteve

Re: No one forced her to take the job

"Exactly how smart and worldly-wise were you when you were (to all intents and purposes) a kid?"

She's 25. She's been eligible to vote in at least one if not two prior presidential elections. If she's not old enough to take responsibility for her decisions now, at what age will she be?

"And isn't "with only fairy dreams about how surely it has to work out" the American fucking Dream?"

Only if you're a Bernie supporter.

TheSteve

Re: No one forced her to take the job

Sure, if you started out in a sustainable state but things changed (e.g., rent goes up faster than wages) then that's an unfortunate situation deserving of sympathy. But when you willingly enter a situation that's unsustainable from the get-go, with only fairy dreams about how surely it has to work out because the universe couldn't possibly be so unfair to me, then it's very hard to sympathize.

TheSteve

Re: No one forced her to take the job

If Yelp actually promised her a better job in less than 12 months but then backed out, then it's their fault. But she doesn't say that. If she just assumed going in that she would be getting a better position and didn't ask until after she was there how long that would take, then it's back on her. Since when is having to wait 12 months for a promotion/reassignment not "reasonable"?

And I never said anything about unemployment for life. I'm sure there are many cities in the US in which she could live comfortably on $1300/mo. Note that at least one of her coworkers wisely made such a move "east". She may only need to go as far as Sacramento (cost of living index there is 117, compared to SF's 184), and she still might not be far from her dad, depending on where exactly he lives.

Not to mention that, if she (and enough others) refused to take this underpaying job, then Yelp would eventually figure out that they need to offer more money, which would be a much more effective strategy than taking the job but complaining about it later. Given the retention problems she mentions, it seems like most everyone else at her level figured this out well before she did.

TheSteve

No one forced her to take the job

Sure, Yelp may be scum, but it's not like she was forced to accept the job. How many months did it take her to figure out paying $1200/mo rent on $1300/mo take-home pay was not sustainable? Seems like it would have been a lot less traumatic to say "I can't afford to live here" up front rather than setting herself up for failure. Kind of like the person that goes deep into debt to get a non-marketable college degree, then complains about it being hard to pay off those loans based on a Starbucks wage. Hard to feel too much empathy for someone who willingly set themselves up to fail.

Apple's Tim Cook and Salesforce's Marc Benioff DECLARE WAR on anti-gay Indiana

TheSteve

Re: Ban Craigness for freedom's sake

Maybe your irony got lost because your point is misguided. Freedom to discriminate may be a freedom that should be curtailed in business settings, but it is a freedom nonetheless---arguably it's the necessary flip side of freedom of association. The whole point of this debate is how do we balance one person's freedoms vs. another person's rights.

TheSteve

Sorry about the title

I"m hoping that's not three thumbs down for "actually reading the bill". Sorry about the Nazis in the title, that was an unfortunate autofill mistake in my browser (based on the last thread I commented on, on some other article). Perhaps Godwin's Law has powers we have yet to understand...

TheSteve

Re: Ban Craigness for freedom's sake

I expect Craigness would support The Reg's freedom to ban him. The real irony, though, would be when you trumpet it as a victory for tolerance.

TheSteve

Re: Nazis in America?

> we should replace the words 'Gay' 'Lesbian' and 'transgender' with the word 'Black' when reading this bill

> Because then it would be rightly tossed in the garbage bin where it really belongs

Maybe you should actually read the bill instead of buying into the hype... those words do not appear anywhere in the bill.

http://iga.in.gov/static-documents/9/2/b/a/92bab197/SB0101.05.ENRS.pdf

Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate history' story made into TV series

TheSteve

Re: Nazis in America?

Oh spare me... as if the Democrats nobly refuse to take money from billionaires. Bringing up the Kochs only goes to prove how thoroughly successful your brainwashing has been.

Intel chief: Obama (still) driving US off cliff

TheSteve

not quite...

Tax breaks and gov't spending have equivalent direct effects on the gov'ts funds, but if you really think that "not taking money from you" is indistinguishable from "taking money from you and giving it to someone else", then I'd be happy to be the recipient of all your money...

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