(via Liz Prince - My Standard Break From Life)
Liz Prince 4lyfe
yeah yeah, I get it, you don’t want to be bothered, but the majority of the people who have these jobs actually care about what they are doing and still don’t make shit money and will get fired if they don’t make certain goals, so they are going to ask you because their income (and therefore, life, in this capitalistic society) depends on it. idk this just hits too close to home, like sry youre so preoccupied with heartache you don’t have to treat workers who are just doing their jobs and make minimum wage like shit.
My beef with this (beyond pressure selling/using guilt to have people donate to charities), though, is that I have had one of these dudes tell me to my face that only “evil people” wouldn’t stop and listen to his spiel, because it takes so little time. He was attempting to make me feel good, I guess, about wasting my time when I know I won’t donate - but it just pissed me off. I’m sorry, but you know nothing about me, about what I’m doing or how much time I have left on my lunch break, about what money I have to spare, or which charities I’m going to choose to donate to.
Also, at least in Seattle - I’m not denying that its probably a shitty job. And I’m not doubting they have quotas to meet. But when I was looking for work and considering these jobs? They had a much better wage than I currently make.
I don’t mind being asked if I have a moment. I mind that when I say no, they’re often rude or tried to pressure me into listening to them anyway. I don’t care if its your job or you’re just some guy: if I don’t want to talk to you, I have no obligation to do so, no matter what. This guy wasn’t just asking her to listen. He did that, then he went a step further: when she created a situation in which she could avoid his spiel and avoid actively rejecting him (ie, not lose time and avoid the feeling that she owes him a justification for doing that), he decided to snark at her. I just can’t muster sympathy for that.