What Happens When "The Workers" Just Don't Care Anymore?

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog,

One of the big problems in America today is that a lot of people simply do not seem to care about what they are doing anymore.  The level of sloth, laziness and apathy that we are witnessing in this country is absolutely mind-numbing.  Of course this is not true of everyone.  There are still many Americans that are extremely hard working.  But overall, it really appears that people are not taking as much pride in their work as they once did.  Some of the examples that I am about to show you are quite funny.  Others are more than just a little bit disturbing.  But they all have a common theme.  Americans from all walks of life are simply giving up.  Whether they are teachers, delivery people or fast food workers, the truth is that there are a whole lot of people out there that seem to have mentally checked out.

For example, take a close look at the midterm exam posted below.  Does anything stand out to you?...

Midterm Exam

If you can't read the writing in the red box, this is what it says...

"In all honesty, I am already bored with this topic. It is far less interesting than I had hoped and I really don't want to finish this essay. I'm fairly sure you don't really read these so I'm just going to put enough words down to make it seem like I wrote a lot while I kill time. Wanna hear some words that rhyme with time?


Crime, dime, mime, (haha mimes are funny), chime, lime. Aw dude you know what has lime in it? Sprite, it like lemon lime. I could really go for one of those about now, but not sierra mist, that just isn't the same. It tries too hard to be sprite but it just cant pull it off. It should just try to be itself and stop trying to measure up to other sodas."

To be fair, there is a tremendous amount of debate about this photo on the Internet.  Some people insist that no teacher would ever be so careless and that this picture must have been photoshopped.  Others that have studied this photo insist that there is no sign of alteration and that it is 100% authentic.

I will let you come to your own conclusion.

What is undeniable, on the other hand, is that there are a lot of delivery people out there that simply do not seem to care anymore.

For example, in the YouTube video that I have posted below, you can watch a postal worker drive her truck on to someone's lawn.  She is so lazy that she doesn't even have the energy to take a few steps and place the package at the customer's door...


And in this next YouTube video, another postal worker does not even get out of his truck.  He just carelessly tosses a package (which could contain something very expensive) toward the customer's home...


What would cause someone to act like that?

What has caused so many Americans to no longer take any pride in their work?

Another place where this can be seen frequently is at fast food restaurants.

For instance, the photo that I have posted below of a Wendy's employee gulping down soft serve ice cream with his mouth under the Frosty dispenser went viral on the Internet a while back...

Wendy's Employee Enjoying A Frosty

I don't know about you, but to me that is absolutely disgusting.  Needless to say, that worker quickly lost his job.

And of course there is no shortage of other fast food horror stories out there.

The following is one of my favorite examples...

Tony Hill, a pastor in Baltimore, Maryland, once got a deep-fried mouse along with his chicken at Popeye's. The old "I found a rat in my fried chicken!" urban legend is decades old - this particular story was given a little credence, however, by the fact that local health authorities confirmed that the Popeye's in question had a rodent problem.

These days even the criminals are getting lazy.

The following story is very tragic.  Violent crime in America is on the rise, and as the economy continues to get worse people are going to steal just about anything that is not bolted down.

In the little town of Denison, Iowa, a couple of thugs recently shot and killed an elderly couple while they were attempting to steal some scrap metal...

A Denison man told investigators that he and another man shot two people, then set fire to a trailer with the victims inside, according to court documents.


Jayden Chapman said he and Michael D. Schenk shot Marvin Huelsing, 80, and Alice Huisenga, 81, on Monday, according to a criminal complaint and affidavit filed in Crawford County District Court.

This is the kind of thing that we are going to see a lot more frequently in the years ahead.

Those thugs thought that they would get away with murder by burning the victims inside their own trailer, but they foolishly left behind a receipt from the Wal-Mart where they had just been shopping at the scene of the crime...

A pickup truck more than 200 yards north of the trailer also was burned. Near it, investigators found on the ground a receipt from the Denison Walmart with a debit-card number from a food-stamp card. Authorities determined the card was assigned to Schenck.

In this case, justice was served by the slothfulness of the American people, and I hope that those murderers are given the highest penalty allowed by law.

But in general, slothfulness is a terrible thing.  And it isn't just a few people that are being slothful.  This is a national disease.  I like how Jim Quinn put it in his recent article...

The government controlled public education system has flourished beyond all expectations of your owners. We’ve become a nation of techno-narcissistic, math challenged, reality TV distracted, welfare entitled, materialistic, gluttonous, indebted consumers of Chinese slave labor produced crap.

But even though so many of us are aware of what is happening to us, we just can't seem to break out of it as a nation.

It really does seem like most people are walking around in a fog these days.

Maybe the fact that 70 million Americans are on mind-altering drugs has something to do with it.

I don't know.

But unless Americans start taking more pride in their work again and start living their lives with meaning and purpose, it is going to be very difficult to envision a positive future for this country.

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0b1knob's picture

Too Long; Didn't Read.   Too many words.

AssFire's picture

Exactly, I mean what's the difference between ignorance and ambivalence?

I don't know and I don't care.

Jack's Digestible Ideas's picture

Why would I want to participate in [read: enable] a society deliberately engineered to screw me? Bump that.

weburke's picture

regrettably, rumor has it that the  50 million people on food stamps are slated to get hit with  a virus in the electronic food stamp system. not all of them, but plenty of riots will result. worse if it continues. there is no food stamp plan b.

mvsjcl's picture

I thought Wal-Mart showed plan B: simply open doors and allow them to take whatever in the face of threats and violence.

James_Cole's picture


What a dumb article....145 million workers armed with cameras. You think if everyone had a camera + the internet in the 60s (or any decade) you wouldn't see shit like this?

The government controlled public education system has flourished beyond all expectations of your owners. We’ve become a nation of techno-narcissistic, math challenged, reality TV distracted, welfare entitled, materialistic, gluttonous, indebted consumers of Chinese slave labor produced crap.

Right, that’s entirely the fault of public education. And I’m sure all of you are fucking math experts, your home school teach you linear algebra? If only there was no public education, everyone would be a genius. 



tmosley's picture

Of course.  You can't REALLY become a third world country until your people have adopted third world attitudes.  Now we just need to devalue our currency so they also get third world pay, and all will be well (for some).

Edit: James, you really wouldn't.  Minimum wage in the 60's was five silver quarters.  If fast food jobs paid that much, you would have far more professionalism among your workers (not that we should raise the minimum wage, rather we should readopt the fiscal and monetary policies that allowed us to pay those extravagent wages without breaking our small businesses).

lasvegaspersona's picture

negative rates

hope you are sitting down. THEY NO LONGER TEACH CURSIVE.

That is what I was told by my son's teacher at a Las Vegas middle school...believe it or don't but as far as I can tell it is true.

I guess it was taking time from diversity training.

chinoslims's picture

Why teach cursive when they have qwerty keyboards on cellphones.  Prepare for Rome to fall sgain.  Time to store more water, food, gold and ammo.  When this baby goes down, it is not going to be pretty.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

^^^  What these guys are saying.  Prepare.

Vampyroteuthis infernalis's picture

You know, when your job is dead end working for a total asshole, it is easy not to care. This is why socialism fails, no incentive to do anything.

TeamDepends's picture

Mein Kampfire by S. Alinsky (bulletpoints):

1)  Control healthcare

2)  Increase poverty

3)  Increase debt

4)  Control guns

5)  Welfare-  Take control of every aspect of their lives

6)  Education-  Commiefy them!

7)  Remove God from everything

8)  Class warfare

Skateboarder's picture

Welp, most of those are fully checked off. A few patches here and there, and a few million hollow points later...

UnpatrioticHoarder's picture

Orlov has compared collapse in the US and USSR. He sites bright Russians who knew the system was a joke and so took jobs like tending basement boilers - they could sit and read all day.

Four chan's picture

personally i checked out around 2004 after a divorce showed me the folly of life.

i stopped being a productive american and have zeroed out my taxes every year,

actively searching for galt's gulch because i am a producer, a mind, i am john galt and i will leave before being shackled. 

Headbanger's picture

Yep..  Everybody is going completely "John Galt" !


GetZeeGold's picture




I was promised a larger participation trophy.


This sucks....I quit!

Ying-Yang's picture

"But unless Americans start taking more pride in their work again"

Should be But unless Americans business owners start taking more pride in their work and employees again, it isn't going to change.

It starts at the top. During my 50 years of owning businesses and earlier being an employee, owners used to give a shit. If owners cared employee would as well.

Big downward spiral of me first.

No Quarter's picture

Totally agree with that statement- have been in business for 13 years, and have always taken great pride in our work and performing to the best of our abilities/exceding industry standard. The results of that  have been an appreciative and loyal client base that carried us through even during the worst of the collapse. Others in our line of work, eh, not so much. I WILL say, as an owner, there have been certain employees that, no matter how you try to prod or incentivise them, they just don't seem to care about the quality and/or don't see any value in it. Frustrating.

detached.amusement's picture

Its tough when the workers of america see their business owners see a storm coming and start pulling as much as they possibly can into their pockets, even at the expense of their workers.

"right, remember that promotion and guaranteed bonus you have...well...we decided that we cant have people doing the same job and one has a prootion and the other doesnt.  But dont worry, we wont dock your salary...we'll just institute a salary cap about 4K over your current salary, and we're pretty sure you wont miss your bonuses going from alllllllmost 5 figures down to zero...ours were in danger of dropping below 7 figures, and we can't have that, see..."

Fuck business owners that gambled like mad and lost hard in 2008 and decided to make up the difference by fucking their employees over.

Crap like that REALLY drives someone to care about their job...oh right, if you like your house and all...keep toilin', slave.

August's picture

From the other side of the planet, I salute thee!

tarsubil's picture

My divorce showed me that our society does not care about a commitment and the fundamental foundation of human society. You make vows but at anytime for any reason can walk away and if you're a woman and lawyer up first you can benefit from this position.

Our society has already collapsed. People are in such a fog that they don't even realize it.

artless's picture

"personally i checked out around 2004 after a divorce showed me the folly of life."

For me it was 1992 when that complete loser stood up at The Prez debate and said the candidates should think of the electorate as "their children". Bubba Clinton lept off his stool to answer that one and won the election.

People it's been OVER for a long, long time. I was 23 in 1992. I chose not to take part in the American PipeDream. Nice to see more and more folks figuring out.

And to James_Cole:

PLease enough with tha apologist for all things government posts. You're like the Fonestar of Public Ed, The Welfare Sate, The Interventionist State, and every and anything that Morgdor on The Potomac shits out.

It's boring. And moronic. ANYONE that defends the US pub Ed system is simply ignoring the data and the facts. It is an abject failure. We spend the most money in the world on it and we get a shitty RUI. Continiung to expect different results by doing the same thing again and again is fucking insane. Get out of your left/right state worship poltical paradigm and use your head. Have you not seen The Kahn Academy? Is not EVERY private school in your nech of the woods BETTER than any public school?

Please I went to a TPO TEN IN THE NATION ranked High School. It was a fucking joke. I have family anf friends whop are public teachers and admin. NOT A SINGLE one says the system works or is anything but a shit show.


jeff montanye's picture

assfire, difference between ignorance and indifference: i don't know and i don't care (optional: mickey mouse's underwear).

ambivalence: you care, you're not sure in which way.

wee-weed up's picture



The Liberal Socialists and the Democratic Party and their education unions (and their union dues kickbacks to said party) took over the American public education system in the 1960s. All else is unfortunate resultant history...

Shame on this country for ever allowing that to happen!

Son of Loki's picture

People at work say I'm indifferent, but I don't care.

HardAssets's picture

wee-weed up:  "The Liberal Socialists and the Democratic Party and their education unions (and their union dues kickbacks to said party) took over the American public education system in the 1960s. All else is unfortunate resultant history...

Shame on this country for ever allowing that to happen! "


It goes back far earlier than the 1960s - actually to late 1890s - early 1900s when private foundations (Carnegie, Rockefeller, etc) purposely transformed American education. They sought to eliminate the teaching of true American history & foundations, critical thinking skills, and to provide training for compliant workers who would not be able to effectively complain or be informed & active citizens of a democratic republic.

Its not about 'dems' vs 'repubs' - - - that is an illusion. The same agenda is followed no matter what politicians are in office.  John Taylor Gatto has written extensively on this. Here is his book 'The Underground History of American Education' which can be read online for free. Welcome to the Matrix, your red pill awaits:





SAT 800's picture

It 's been years and years since they taught hand writting in the school "system"; but they can print "real good"; spelling, not so much.

VD's picture

"writting" & readding

TeamDepends's picture

It's the orral's that's be the hardest.

Rock On Roger's picture




actionjacksonbrownie's picture

Ther is no "g" in "readin" or "writin"

TuPhat's picture

Actually my son was home schooled.  He did learn linear algebra at home and then went to college.  He is now emplyed as a Nuclear Engineer and he is good at his job.  He also cares about his work.

James_Cole's picture

Actually my son was home schooled.  He did learn linear algebra at home and then went to college.

There's always somebody lol.

"We taught my daughter linear algebra by 3rd grade, in 4th we did differential geometry and discrete time fourier transformation..." 

You know, the regular home school curriculum.

nmewn's picture

"You know, the regular home school curriculum."

You know something about home school curriculum do you?

BabylonDeer's picture

And what's the difference if he "cares" or not about his job?? People just realized that a "job" is just a kind of slavery, and there is no difference of "how" do you see the time that those bloodsuckers take from your life. It's not your anyway, so why care of it?.

The labor cult is just way too 50's, just realize that you have a limited amount of time to waste it on low paid jobs. Specially if you work in a envireonmentally hazardous place that limit your time even more...

MontgomeryScott's picture

"A- Nice Job!"

@ team-d,

That was the first thing I noticed. The cirriculum looks like a good 8th grade English test, and the teacher gives this misanthropic twit an A- for his/her/its (let's all be P.C. now) choppy unlined printing and abject failure to answer the question seriously, as IT waxes immortal about 'being bored'. The teacher actually thinks that this response is WORTH an A-...

I can't WAIT for 'common core' to take root...

HoofHearted's picture

Well, dipshit, some of us are college profs in (wait for it) mathematics. And we believe kids can handle stuff like linear algebra in high school. Not only that, we take the kids with us to work and let them sit in on our classes or on the classes of colleagues we trust. It's nice to be able to take them with you on a sabbatical in Germany and let them get immersed in the language. It's great to study art when you are actually going to Giverny. 

And these kids will eat the public school kids' milkshake when they go out on a job interview. Problem is they will try to help the dipshits out, too, because they have learned compassion rather than the Lord of the Flies mentality that I got in high school.

Don't get me wrong...there are some real dumbfucks trying to do homeschool too. And their kids are just as likely to eat directly from the ice cream machine. The percentages are just smaller in the homeschool community we hang in. Probably goes with all the professors being the ones who do the homeschooling. There just might be something to that...

FredFlintstone's picture

Then there is the private school route, which we chose for our four. Home schooling, like public schooling is a risky proposition IMO.

James_Cole's picture

Hoof has the solution: every kid just needs parents who happen to be professors!

Actually you just gave me an idea.. What if we took someone like you (math prof) and searched in the community for people with similar knowledge in other subjects...say chem, physics, lit, history etc. and have them home school a bunch of the kids from the community together. Actually, even pool money together to buy materials for this community learning centre, maybe even a building!

We're on to something here I'm certain of it!

JohnFrodo's picture

they could form sports teams

willwork4food's picture

Home School team sports is common. I was a coach and admin for a couple years. Great kids, very respectful, well behaved and WANTED to learn. This has given me hope in America, wherever she may be 20 years from now.

nmewn's picture

Just one caveat and I'm in, the parents get to fire the teachers who fail at teaching.

Up for it? ;-)

James_Cole's picture

Yes, and double to the admin.

bigkahuna's picture

Get rid of the admin - ban them from the public sector and make them get private sector work. Replace them ALL with a mainframe or mid-range. Double all teachers' salaries that were not fired with the admin - and begin to selectively hire new teachers.