Bonus Check

“Hey, how are you?”

“I’ve had better months.”

“What’s wrong?”

“You dictate the schedule, so I think you know what’s wrong.”

“Your hours?”

“Yeah, it’s getting pretty difficult making $250 stretch through the week. It’s really nice to get the special treatment after five years of dedication to the company.”

“…”

“I know you make between $80,000 and $120,000 to manage this store. Guess how much I, a married, 30 year old man with half a decade of experience in grocery and 11 years in customer service, made this year.”

“What?”

“$20.000.”

“We’ll fix it, we can get you more hours.”

“Oh I get it, throw the dog a bone.”

“No.”

“It’s not just me, you’re squeezing money out of your most loyal, hardest working associates because our pay is capped, and giving all those hours to new hires who you only have to pay minimum wage saves the company money which will probably wind up in your annual bonus.”

“Well…”

“I know it’s easy to think of us as brainless worker drones, but we’re people with families, kids who are going to want a Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas presents. We have rent, medical bills, and hobbies. Personally, I’d like to pay off my credit card.”

“I understand. Believe it not I was right where you are when I was your age. I know what it’s like to work hard for very little.”

“Then why are you trying to fuck us over?”

“Well…”

“No I get it, your bonus check is priority over our well-being.”

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