Monday, April 18, 2011

Steal Something from Work Day

Of all the idiot, anarchist ideas floating around today, this one goes to the top for me.
Before anyone gets up-in-arms, this is not a call for you to steal from work. It’s an article saying that most of you already steal from work. It is a piece attempting to shine a light on why such a large percentage of the workforce breaks the law in such a socially unacceptable manner. Acceptable methods of breaking the law are running red lights and refusing to vaccinate children.

Steal Something from Work Day is a small movement. Its Facebook group has little more than five hundred members and, regardless of how many are anonymous participants are out there, it would be naïve to think of SSWD as a mass movement. People that actually steal from work are the mass movement.

According to the US Chamber of Commerce, over 75 percent of employees steal from their workplace. And National Retail Security shows that almost 50 percent of lost retail merchandise can be traced back to employees. This raises the question:

Are workers in the United States just a bunch of thankless thieves?

CrimethInc. Ex-Workers’ Collective is trying to answer that question by spearheading an awareness movement through this new holiday. While, for some, the goal is to get their own few proverbial miles out of the corporate jet, for others, it is simply a symbol. It is a statement aimed at employers that are stealing from their labor pool by refusing to pay them a fair amount.

Why is this necessary? It’s necessary because many of you have forgotten that labor is a voluntary service and that a job interview is just as much an assessment of the employer as it is of the employee. It’s a mutual relationship that has been bastardized by bare-bones wages in a market where there simply aren’t enough jobs to go around. In a culture that prides itself on soul-sucking, endless labor that makes everyone feel guilty for every day that they don’t produce, produce, produce, employers know that you need the job more than they need to hire you. So, you get paid dirt and treated like eels.

Actually, eels get better treatment. They don’t have to work.

For example, Best Buy, as a whole, makes over $300,000 per employee every year. If one of those employees makes $20,000 a year, working 160 hours a month, they are not only getting less than 10 percent return on their labor, but they’re really only being paid for about ten to twenty minutes of the time they work each day, depending on how many hours they put into each shift. When it is acceptable for someone to work an eight hour shift and get paid for ten minutes of it, it’s pretty obvious that every day at Best Buy is Steal from Your Employees Day. While they’re not the only offenders, they are particularly egregious in their constant hunt for impressionable teenage minds that lack any knowledge of labor rights and legal consent.

15% of all employee theft is prosecuted. I hope ANY businesses that catch their employees stealing today especially, send them to jail as LONG as they can legally!!!
I do so LOVE that last paragraph.
Best Buy MAKES $300,000 per employee?

I guess, in a sense, they do get that turn over of money to employee. But FOR that money they buy products for resale, build buildings, buy equipment to run the stores, pay the utility companies to light, heat and cool said stores, they buy trucks and pay for fuel to deliver those products...And YES...Best Buy even pays those crappy, small salaries. But there's a problem here with this little tirade.
Best Buy is all but BANKRUPT!!!
So, just maybe, they needed to make $325K per employee, huh?! Just how stupid do you have to be to think that your employer can absorb his daily costs AND your theft of his property? If your employer goes under, say places like Best Buy, HOW WILL THOSE idiots that helped torpedo them, via theft today, pay their bills next month? I guess they could just STEAL enough money to cover their debts. But what happens if someone steals YOUR stuff while YOU are out stealing?!! You just have to go steal more stuff?!
I repeat what I have said before. I hope stupid people taste good. If they are going to ACT like cattle, or sheep, they'll wind up being treated LIKE cattle, or sheep.
MOOO, BAAAAH, wait WAIT don't shoot...OWWW, ouch....chop chop...sizzle, munch...ummmm...tasty! From useful idiots to tasty idiots in a few small steps.


Spider said...

Any large company with a sizeable work force always figures into their bottom line a certain percentage for "pilferage" by their employees. Dealing with humans, it's not possible to totally eliminate it unless you're talking about people working at the US Mint, or at a cocaine packaging operation, where if you steal, you don't get fired. You get fired at!

Schteveo said...

I agree Spider, it's a fact of life. But PLANNING the theft is a sign of bad things to me.

The few times I've had hire / fire level jobs, I ASSURED anyone that I hired that I would make sure they were prosecuted IF they were caught stealing from the company.

When I hired people to work for ME, I GUARANTEED them I'd send their asses to jail!!!

Anonymous said...

You sound like you're an asshole to work for. Hell, you sound a lot like MY former employer - a spineless coward that hid behind his money and the laws that protected them.

Too bad there's only one of him, and hundreds of us. Doesn't matter if you catch and can me for taking an extra twenty from the till - chances are the next person you hire will take up the black banner I dropped.

And so on, and so on...

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