Gas Station Woes

for those of you who are still in a gas station but somehow found this. My hat’s off to you but I am confused.

My time doing your job, I barely even knew one cashier that could do much more than wiggle the mouse and get the screen saver to stop. i once had a manager come get me from behind the counter in a panic to help her fix her “exploding computer”. The manager who sat in for her on her vacation time, turned the star burst screen saver on. Yes I was actually belittled quite often by that idiot.

One day I just had enough. A store got robbed right after I left. I came in the next day and had to talk to two managers and the owner of the chain I worked for. The managers and owner of this chain of gas stations actually tried to make me feel bad for leaving when I did. The person that relieved me was 20 minutes late already as it was. I had enough. I said ” Whoa Whoa Whoa, Where were you all? Living the life you think I’m not good enough to live? I leave here and I try to forget that I work for people like you, I come back and do my duties, there is no sense in talking to me like this. This is just a gas station”.

You have to remind your boss that you work in the crummiest line of business. You have to remind your boss that you get paid the crummiest pay. and you have to remind your boss that  the things he or she does, you do it better, especially the stuff of f the clock.

You got your job there because you just needed an income. You did not get your job there just because they wanted someone else to work the register instead of them. You are there just to get on your feet even if it means sacrificing one or two weekends a month. You have not been sentenced to be there. It is not your destiny, it is not the best you can do. You could beg on a street corner and feel more dignity. (don’t do that).

Holidays, you deserve to have a holiday off, you do not deserve to watch everyone else get the holidays off while you work. Even if you get double pay for the holidays. Nothing can replace the life you gave up to make double minimum wage.

The guy that scrubs sewage tanks and then eats a sandwich without washing his hands, makes nearly three times what you make. He doesn’t even have to worry about checking i.d., if he will get a bathroom break, if he will get a lunch break He doesn’t have to worry about getting shot over 50 bucks. He doesn’t have to worry about counting the dang cigarettes before he leaves work. he deals with pooh, you deal with spoiled teenagers and drunk adults.

A tree trimmer makes almost 4 times what you make. a lawn care guy makes 1.5 times what you make and he just has to worry if he will have enough gas to mow one strip back to the truck. An independent babysitter makes $20-40 a day, per kid.

There are websites that let you check to see how much each job position makes like this. Think of the crappiest job you could do, and see what that person makes and compare it to your current position. Stay in the gas station and work for crap pay, get treated by crap by every single person that walks on that site. Or just leave and start job searching.

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