Supermarket socialism

Discussion in 'Economics' started by peilthetraveler, Dec 31, 2009.

  1. I was in the Bel-Air grocery store today(Parent company is Raleys which employs 13,500 people) and I heard the checkers talking about their hours and how they were getting cut. I asked them about it and it seems that the grocery store is cutting hours while hiring more employees. The two checkers I talked to were getting 24-30 hours per week, but it seems the store is constantly cutting hours, while hiring more people.

    I cant imagine they are the only chain that is doing this. They get unemployment to go lower, while cutting everyones hours. If you have 15% unemployment,just cut everyones hours by 15% and give those hours to new employees that didnt have jobs before. I bet that makes a ton of sense to the democrats though.

    Then unemployment will be 0% and nobody is going to understand why people do not have money to buy anything.

    Its very tricky...its like we are having high inflation, without the prices actually going up so nobody really notices. If everyone makes less money(because of hours cut) and prices stay the same, its the same as if everyone makes the same money and prices just went up 15 or 20%
  2. Illum


    Yea this is happening all over. The unions get good benefits, this way the workers are no longer full time, get no benefits. I talked to someone about it and they told me, the unions are still taking their fees out of their checks, even though they now get jack. Part time is the new full time.
  3. I was reading the comments section on a message board a few months back and someone made this exact same comment. He said he was in the deli at his local supermarket and the guy behind the counter was freaking out because his assistant was taking far too long to complete the order. The customer asked what the problem was and that he wasn't in a rush at which point the employee answered that he was "on the clock" and that every order should be completed in a specific amount of time. They were all being timed and if an employee went over the limit enough times, his hours would be docked.

    He also said that management would remind them daily of how many applicants they had for their job and that hours were constantly being cut, employees rotating in and out of the jobs. The customer also noted in the comments section that 5 years ago he'd see the same employees but nowadays he didn't recognize any of the faces if he took a month off from the location.

    So yeah I'd say that's a pretty widespread practice.
  4. Yeah, I hate those damn democrats too. So good point about whatever it was you were saying.
  5. the1


    There's an even worse scenario. Your boss pays you a salary regardless of your hours and demands you work 70 hour weeks after laying off 25% of the workforce. You can't say no because you then become part of the 25% :eek:

  6. fuck that, here's something even better, the automated checkers are replacing these losers, yes stupid people of the world, you are slowly but inevitably being replaced, you are being replaced because the planet doesn't want you, the world doesn't need you, and god doesn't give the least fuck about your pathetic disgusting ugly little existence
  7. heh, yeah 8 years of hearing everything is Bush's and the republicans fault for anything that happened makes me have to get back at the dems a little bit. I probably could've done without saying that though. :)

  8. I feel like kicking the shit out of this asshole. :cool: Someone who can't even put a paragraph together should not be throwing off on a kid who has an honest job. BTW, have the respect to spell God correctly, and he cares about the least of these, even you duschbag.
  9. sorry if reality hurts your feelings, but try to keep your sanity, don't shoot the messenger, I'm not the one taking their crappy jobs, it's the automated systems which can do it better, faster and at a lower cost than these pathetic beings, oh and I don't need god to care about me, he can go screw his universe and everything within it for all I care, but honestly I don't think he even remembers that he once created this shitty universe, I mean why should he, I don't remember what color shit I dumped in the toilet yesterday or the day before
  10. was not it brown?

    i bet you would have remembered your bloody stool had bill kicked your butt using his secret korean kung fu skills
    #10     Dec 31, 2009