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Among The Perks For Amazon's Part-Time Workers: Being Homeless

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Judging by the narrative promoted after last Friday's idiotically connived jobs report, any job is a good job... however, as The Guardian reports, that does not include a job working for Quarter after quarter, we highlight the growth in Amazon employees (and death-cross-like plunge in annual sales growth). While Amazon makes no secret of the fact that it relies on seasonal work force, what went unsaid and unnoticed during President Obama's visit last year, was that the Amazon 'employees' would not have jobs or prospects after the holidays. Many of the people in those Amazon warehouses were among the long-term unemployed – shuffling from one temporary job to another to another; and due to this unstable employment, a growing number of them have found themselves living in shelters... 'employed' but homeless (or "the working poor" in America).


Amazon's death cross... total employees and worldwide revenue growth - (which makes perfect economic sense as the marginal employees costs approaches zero...)


As The Guardian reports, working away in warehouses, beyond the pages of Amazon's website, the seasonal workers and the effects that temporary contracts have on their lives are kept out of public's eye and often avoid scrutiny.

Andrew Cummins, 43, was one of these elves last year, working north of Chattanooga at an Amazon warehouse in Jeffersonville, Indiana. For three months, he stowed away clothes, working 40 hours a week at $10 an hour. He enjoyed the job and saw it as his ticket out of the Haven House, a shelter where he lives with his wife, Kristen, and stepson.


"They had this big hype that they were going to hire on and stuff and that didn't happen. They just worked you until the time was up and then they let everyone go," he says. According to him, about 50 other seasonal workers like him who were hired through Integrity Staffing Solutions – a staffing agency working with Amazon in Jeffersonville – were let go at the same time. "They just said they would email everybody that they let go but we never heard anything back. And then you can't apply for [another Amazon job] for another year after you worked for them."

Which brings us to the new normal in America - The Working Poor

The underlying situation at the Chattanooga facility belied the president's speech. He spoke about the recession, noting that "it cost millions of Americans their jobs and their homes and their savings." He spoke of the long-term unemployed and their struggles in finding a job. He spoke of the great job that Amazon and Jeff Bezos were doing taking care of their employees.


Since Amazon opened its warehouse in Jeffersonville, one homeless shelter, Haven House, has been a home to between two and six of its employees at all times, says Barbara Anderson, the shelter's director.


"The impact is profound. One man was sleeping in a car when he landed his 'permanent job' with Amazon," she says. His good luck didn't last long. "He lost everything all over again. The jobs are good but the temporary status sets people up for failure."


More than half of the shelter's tenants are working poor, according to Anderson. Often times they are either in between jobs or working jobs that pay just enough to make ends meet, but not enough to help them break out of the cycle of homelessness.


With lack of subsidized housing affordable at their level of income, they are stuck. They have no one to co-sign an apartment for them and no way to save up for a security deposit, much less the first and last months' rent that many landlords now require before one moves in.


“When you live in a shelter, the first thing you want to do is get out,” says Anderson. People often view their first paycheck as ticket out, but as soon as they lose that job, they are back at the shelter. “They get that first paycheck and they are gone. Then four to six weeks later, I see them again. They leave too early.”

And The Working Poor are banking on warmer weather...

For Tim, the job at Amazon is just a short-term solution. "I can't live on $10 an hour," he says, adding. "If I am at Amazon longer than a month, I'd be very disappointed frankly."


It's his hope that warmer weather will bring better news. "Temporary or contract jobs are going to pick up, because employers are still a little skittish about bringing on permanent employees and so to keep the costs down, they are going to increase their contracting levels. That's what I am counting on," says Tim.

Sadly... the "working poor" is all too common...

There are about 3.5 million Americans who have been out of a job for longer than six months, according to the most recent unemployment report.


Only one in 10 of them is likely to find stable employment down the road, according to Brookings Institute. While some give up looking altogether, those who keep looking are often only able to find part-time, sporadic employments.

It seems, just as we made all too clear previously, that work is indeed being punished in America...

This is graphically, and very painfully confirmed, in the below chart from Gary Alexander, Secretary of Public Welfare, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (a state best known for its broke capital Harrisburg). As quantitied, and explained by Alexander, "the single mom is better off earnings gross income of $29,000 with $57,327 in net income & benefits than to earn gross income of $69,000 with net income and benefits of $57,045."

We realize that this is a painful topic in a country in which the issue of welfare benefits, and cutting (or not) the spending side of the fiscal cliff, have become the two most sensitive social topics. Alas, none of that changes the matrix of incentives for most Americans who find themselves in a comparable situation: either being on the left side of minimum US wage, and relying on benefits, or move to the right side at far greater personal investment of work, and energy, and... have the same disposable income at the end of the day.


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Tue, 05/06/2014 - 18:50 | 4733960 So Close
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Passing through the, "profit."

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 18:51 | 4733963 The Alarmist
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Homeless?  How can you be homeless when you have access to all sorts of cardboard boxes?

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 18:52 | 4733967 fonzannoon
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No different at disney land, meanwhile it costs $500 for a family of 4 to get into the fucking park.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 19:49 | 4734124 chumbawamba
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Can we stop making light of this and actually acknowledge that people are hurting, suffering?

What are you going to do to end this absolute madness?

I am Chumbawamba.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 20:00 | 4734159 fonzannoon
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I am not making fun of it. I actually went there back in October with a few families. I went out one night with a buddy and we hit the bar after the kids went to bed. the bartenders were a few early 30's chicks. they used to be the snow white's etc there. they told some war stories about how it was 100 degrees under the costume's etc. so that is how i kind of pictured it. kids working there making a few bucks and having fun. i never figured it was homeless parents working there. i'm horrified that i spent the amount of money i did and they pay slave labor wages to homeless parents.

until the private workforce demands the same salaries/perks as government workers, nothing changes.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 20:05 | 4734170 chumbawamba
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Not "you" you but "you" all of us.

What the fuck is going on here?  This is god damn madness.  We are paying our energy to the very people who steal it, and leave our brother and sister poorer for our effort.

We should pay our energy to those around us so that it is returned in kind and together we prosper.

Do you understand?  Think about those around you directly.  Make your contribution and impact within the first fifty feet of you.

You are Chumbawamba.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 20:16 | 4734197 fonzannoon
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I appreciate the sentiment. but it's over man. it won't be fixed. but i agree that you may as well make a difference around you as best you can in the meantime.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 20:35 | 4734269 Grande Tetons
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An old lesson from my 4H days....never fall in love with your calf...because one know. 

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:04 | 4734360 willwork4food
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It's not over fonz, the very idea that you suggested will change society in the future. The darkside is beginning to eat themselves.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:16 | 4734410 fonzannoon
fonzannoon's picture is a message that I got from someone I speak to offline that got banned from here a while back.

"In the last 10 years, the number of industrial robots is up 72%, while the number of US manufacturing jobs is down 16%."

Corporate America is done with the middle class. They have only the politicians now but they dont realize it yet. 60 years ago we reached the peak and end of the industrial revolution- at that time workers were very important to making this current new age happen and they had a lot of bargaining power on how much to get paid from the 1% in order to create the robot class that would replace them soon enough. And then about 30 years ago we created the service economy as a gentle way of absorbing all these people in a way that was convenient for everyone while the robots did all the backbreaking labor. 2008 was the end of the service economy era because from now on we are gearing up for robots to be doing even those jobs. 

And everyone is attached to the idea that they have some kind of bargaining power with society on how much their labor is worth but in reality its only those whose jobs can probably never be done by robots. Corporate america is done with it though, the service economy handout is over. There is not going to be anything else, corporate america has is no longer a holistic part of society which people give to and take from, it is now a separate entity staffed by a small ownership/manager/innovator class of society to meet the consumer needs of the welfare class. So people are on their own and all they have is their meaningless vote. If only they knew they had the all the bargaining power in the world because their faith in their FRNs is what keeps the world turning. Imagine what leverage that is...

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 22:27 | 4734634 Uber Vandal
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At the last manufacturing occupation I had, when I started, a cell of 5 people would produce 5000 products in 12 hours in a good night. When the facilty closed its doors and moved its production to a "low cost country" (guess which one), a cell of 2 people would produce 14000 products in 8 hours in a good night with heavy automation.

At its peak, that facilty ran 24-7 with about 400 employees. At the end, it had about 40 left, running 3 shifts with heavy automation, and it still did not matter to the bean counters.

It also embraced lean principles, JIT, MRP, and they also began to focus more on brand / image.

The products made in the low cost country do not cost any less than when they were made in the US either.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 22:53 | 4734722 fattail
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Read "The Second Machine Age".  The head of Foxconn is replacing cheap Chinese labor with automation.  There is a $20,000 strawberry picker in the works.  I worry about my kids and their prospects in a world where the marginal cost of labor keeps going down.  I used to think that the rich world always need the poor to tend their gardens and clean their toilets but an army of artificial intelligence powered robots can do that. And if they can't get a robot to do it, the cut throat competition for the last few scraps will keep those not in the club bidding and under bidding each other.


I fear the only alternative for these useless eaters is a war to cull the population and save the planet.  I am afraid I am not in the club.

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 14:13 | 4740495 MeelionDollerBogus
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Soon enough they'll find out the fuel + maintenance + updating programming for the machines + repairs is in fact far more expensive than easily replaced cheap labour. That worker-force can find their own food, heal from injury & make babies to replace them.
Robots do one of this.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 03:26 | 4735119 Ben Dover
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Temps are the new Okies. A bunch of us are just hanging on doing what we do. Some are succeeding, and a good deal of them were born on third and thinking they got a triple. If we are going to make it we have to help one another and give what we can spare.

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 14:08 | 4740471 MeelionDollerBogus
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the loss of jobs to cheaper human workers far, far exceeds the loss of jobs to robots.
Robots are frequently doing work no human can do, in dangerous environments, or producing so much of one thing that many humans can be employed to assemble complex parts that are pre-assembled by robots in smaller units, quality-check them, sell them, etc.
The problem here isn't robots, it's population. Too many babies must at all times mean too few jobs or too few wages. It's mandatory: no free lunch.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 20:37 | 4734274 Grande Tetons
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I try to practice what you are preaching everyday. 

Great post. 


Wed, 05/07/2014 - 07:05 | 4735261 sessinpo
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chumbawamba           Not "you" you but "you" all of us.

What the fuck is going on here?  This is god damn madness.  We are paying our energy to the very people who steal it, and leave our brother and sister poorer for our effort.


So you come here and bitch to those that are productive and are fighting a rigged system to end this madness? You are preaching to the choir. In order to end this madness, it is the those that steal it that need to be turned. And that includes many of those on government subsidies, draining the productive. Otherwise, the only answer is a reset which I think is the most probable because no one can reach those that steal. They have no morals, thus they don't care. They will get there's on our backs while they can.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 20:07 | 4734177 A Nanny Moose
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using government "worker's" wages as the yard stick...Really?

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 20:10 | 4734183 fonzannoon
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if you want to shoot for bankers wages i am all for it. 

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 20:18 | 4734201 Dr. Sandi
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Or, if you want to shoot bankers for wages, I'm all for that too!

I'm just not sure where you collect the paycheck when the job is done.

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 14:04 | 4740461 MeelionDollerBogus
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Demand? Hostages don't get to make demands. That's not how it works.
In fact, that's what gets more people to be homeless.
You get what you want by making sure no one else has a choice. If you make a 'demand' you get the boot.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 22:44 | 4734688 Chuck Walla
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They are sufffering by design and by the people they elected. How come that minimum wage isn't holding people up? Or is it that it never, evr could or was going to? And yet these idiots scream and cheer raising the very wage that kills them.



Ein Volk!  Ein Barack!  Ein Reich!



Wed, 05/07/2014 - 20:19 | 4737967 MeelionDollerBogus
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End it? This is just the beginning. When all's finished there will be crystal and gold palaces for the overlords and gigantic megafields of GMO-crops producing Fuud(tm) & drugs in the same fields, with all left-over husks & roots being turned into "beds" to sleep outside on the fields for the slave-class.
The way things look now is practically mouth-watering luxury compared to what's coming.

Brought to you my Brawndo, Carl's Jr. & world Agri-Pharma-BanksterCorp CEO, Sauron.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 22:00 | 4734554 WillyGroper
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Someone has to pay for the Disney RoboCall Soliciting I get repeatedly.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 18:54 | 4733976 freewolf7
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I'm looking forward to Amazon delivering my drone with a drone.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 19:13 | 4734025 CheapBastard
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Maybe those hobos are hiding their profits offshore....

oh, wait a sec.....

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 19:30 | 4734075 zaphod
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That welfare cliff chart needs to be updated for the Obamacare $24K/yr tax that is placed on families after they start to make just a little bit of money. It will look much worse....

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 03:09 | 4735108 Youri Carma
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I am truly astounded at the amount of thumbs up this very cynical inhuman comment gets but it tells a lot about the American mindset.

And that's exactly the reason the country is going down like it is. Stab the poor

Happy dieing Yanks, because when you get in that situation soon people will do the same to you.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 19:12 | 4734021 Berspankme
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It's much more important to blow another housing bubble. Fuck You Bernanke. One day I will piss on your grave

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 19:30 | 4734070 A Lunatic
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A homeless housing bubble to go with the jobless recovery.

Very Bullish.........

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 18:56 | 4733979 McMolotov
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Death crosses all over the place.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 19:11 | 4734019 STG5IVE
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It's death cross city

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 20:00 | 4734160 chumbawamba
Tue, 05/06/2014 - 18:57 | 4733989 Tinky
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On the bright side, when I use my Amazon Prime™ account to get free shipping, they actually deliver to my "14th and Bowery, third stoop" address!

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 19:00 | 4733992 Dr. Destructo
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Coming soon: Shantytowns with old schoolbuses transporting the hopeless to their meager jobs.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 19:03 | 4734002 i_call_you_my_base
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No, see, they will be living in shipping containers, because...innovation, the environment, and they are just plain awesome! They definitely aren't a recycled mobile home!

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 19:09 | 4734010 Dr. Destructo
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That will be the new upper middle class - at £150 a week the rent on those are killer.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 19:32 | 4734079 Parrotile
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Don't knock'em until you have tried them (been there in 2008) - 

As the article says, comfortable, quiet, pretty spacious, and (for the two of us) great Conference accommodation.

This is the "entry level" end of container living. If you want luxury, it's certainly available - 

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 19:58 | 4734152 Dr. Destructo
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I'm definitely not knocking them, as I would definitely live in a repurposed (or even a vanilla) container. I was merely calling attention that the low today will be the upper tomorrow.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:50 | 4734518 willwork4food
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+10 Parro! That's something I've had in the back of my mind for years after seeing the cubicles in Toyko Japan. Absolutely a kick ass idea.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 19:24 | 4734055 TammanyBrawl
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The Foxxcon model goes global!

Work in our factory, live in our barracks, shop at the company store!

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 18:59 | 4733993 Dr. Destructo
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Double Post.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 19:05 | 4734006 yield_curver
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This truly is The Great Recovery.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 19:17 | 4734037 CheapBastard
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Tue, 05/06/2014 - 20:46 | 4734300 TheMerryPrankster
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Great Recovery, Great Depression

these words don't mean what they used to.Ongoing recovery means continuing Depression, Surprising Numbers, means Oh Shit how do we hide this.

Most transparent administration in History, means we will spy on everything you do and hide everything we do.

Affordable care act means $$$$$$$

I can't decide if they are trying to destroy language so we can no longer effectively communicate among ourselves or they really think we are stupid enough enough to beleive the bullshit they push out of the bullhorn everyday.

Amazon can't make a profit but its a great business model for the future, what the fuck does that say about the future?

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 19:11 | 4734017 sangell
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Realistically, since temporary warehouse workers have good access to packaging material, is for shippers to give them cardboard and bubblewrap ( for insulation) and those plastic wrap machines they use to package pallet loads to waterproof their shelters and put some showers and latrines on their property and allow their temporary employees to live on site out in back. A plastic and bubble wrapped cardboard shelter would take up little room and how much would a few temporary toilets and a camping shower cost? Probably less than they pay the temp agency. Amazon and other companies would then have an on site work force they could utilitize year round.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 19:19 | 4734031 ghengis86
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I've got three temps starting in assembly tomorrow. They get $11/hr, we pay the temp agency ~$16/hr. after a couple weeks of catch up work, we'll send two home and might keep one. Or not. After 90 days I can hire them full time and pay more like $20/he in total benefits or keep them thru the agency or get another fresh set of temps.

We did find a gem through the temp agency that's turned into a real winner. But that's rare. Usually they have problems, but its a low skill job and only attracts said worker.

In R&D we had a chick with two masters applying for an entry level, technician at $30k/year! Probably couldn't pay her student loans and live outside of a box.

Shits all fucked because of the debasement of our currency and the "free trade" that's managed to export all our productive jobs, along with our inflation. Also, the FSA and subsidizing stupidity (welfare) creates a generation of workers who have come to their own conclusion -no fancy studies or graphs required - that they are better off being lazy than working hard for their middle-class bondage.

What a hollow shell this country has become. Whomever it was that posted the comment about their old man being dead before the cancer killed his body was spot on.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 19:22 | 4734053 drendebe10
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I was recently looking for a front office position and two people we interviewed told us they made more money on unemployment and left.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 19:28 | 4734069 ghengis86
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For real. After our Jan 1st insurance premium hike of 25%+ (fuck you very much Soetoro, Pelosi, Boner, Roberts, et al) there are several employees that take home <50% of their earnings due to taxes, insurance, etc.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 20:21 | 4734214 Dr. Sandi
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Just not for very long.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 19:50 | 4734126 AdvancingTime
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Glad you mentioned that. Few Americans ever really work through the numbers but fact is if you can get enough from the Government in disability, unemployment, or some other kind of welfare why even jeopardize that income by thinking about taking a job. For all the moaning about how it is not enough and those living on the dole are forced into a life of poverty in fact those that suffer greatly often do so because of poor spending choices rather then the amount they receive.

Long ago I was told "it is not how much you make, it is how much and how you spend it". It is very difficult to help a friend or relative in financial trouble if they suffer from bad spending habits and continually make bad choices. More on why so many people choose to live on the dole in the article below.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 01:33 | 4735018 Quantum Nucleonics
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The cut in long term unemployment benefits is probably responsible for this month's upside "surprise" in the employment report.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 19:30 | 4734074 TammanyBrawl
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Man, you are depressing the hell out of me. More so because everything you're saying is true.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 19:39 | 4734096 ghengis86
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Sorry bro. It's not like I'm a heartless bastard either. It's just hard to find a qualified (not over or under) employee, or a slightly under-skilled worker with ambition and willingness to learn while working hard. The one temp that was the gem above has gotten raises every 60-90 days, when its usually an annual review type raise. The harder he works and more he learns, the more he gets paid.

Good help is hard to find. But there will always be shit, dead end jobs for the mouth breathing, clock punchers.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:08 | 4734380 chubbar
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Yeah, well I'll tell you my story. I spent about 150K last year setting up someone who purported to be a farmer/rancher. I have a herd of cattle and a herd of pigs. I fenced/cross fenced, put in waterers, etc to a ranch I leased. All this fucking idiot had to do is build some pig shelters, make sure they were watered and kick back. Occasionally having to move pigs or cattle but basically about a half days work most days. I lost all my piglets and a bunch of cattle because this fucking cunt couldn't get off her lazy ass. It was a 6 figure income guaranteed the following year with ownership rights. I couldn't have made the offer any more tantalizing without just handing her a check. This nation is lost. There just isn't anyone who is honest and hard working who gives a shit. I sold off my herd and have decided to just sit this one out with myself and dogs. I just don't need the hassle of pushing against these assholes. Fuck all of these entitled cunts!

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 22:34 | 4734660 willwork4food
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Damn that sucks chub, but you're not alone. In a world watered with 30 hr min wage, no benefits-craig's list jobs I run across many who you wouldn't want in your house in the day time, and there are those who you feel sorry for and keep bumping up their pay scale w/ free lunch, one dude making $16/hr no deductions I actually bought tires for the family's car because it was fucking in serious repair. I did not lose what you did but I considered it a tithe. You might do also, it will begin to make sense and hurt less.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 19:39 | 4737806 MeelionDollerBogus
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I've always felt the description "over-qualified" is a nonsense term that shouldn't even exist.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 19:15 | 4734033 Billy Shears
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Someday Amerika will "advance" to the Foxconn model but until then: "let freedom ring!"

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 19:24 | 4734056 ghengis86
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Suicide nets installed gratis?

The TBTF banks could use those now...

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 07:10 | 4735265 sessinpo
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ghengis86           Suicide nets installed gratis?

The TBTF banks could use those now...


No, they could use planks to walk off of.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 19:21 | 4734051 drendebe10
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More evidence of the liar in chief's economic recovery...

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 19:25 | 4734061 Obama_4_Dictator
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Erections have consequences.....I mean elections.....

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 19:33 | 4734081 ghengis86
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Meh, same result; infants shitting everywhere and costing you money

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 19:32 | 4734082 A Lunatic
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WTF do these people want FFS, homes or Obamacare...........??

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 19:55 | 4734099 grunk
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Dover woman found dead in parking lot at Amazon facility in Middletown

"The woman, whose name has not been released, is believed to have left work at the year-old distribution center at 560 Merrimac Ave. at about 6 p.m.

Her body was not discovered until about 2:50 a.m., after members of her family had begun looking for her, Tobin said."

Read more:

6 p.m. until almost 3 a.m. in the parking lot.

Foxconn has nothing on Bezos.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 20:23 | 4734225 Dr. Sandi
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She was on her way to a wedding after work, but was gunned down by an Amazon drone.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 20:52 | 4734314 TheMerryPrankster
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The drone mistook her for a Barnes & Nobles employee. Amazon sent her family a hundred dollar gift card and a free sub to Amazon Prime..

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 19:42 | 4734103 AdvancingTime
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It is hard to see why Amazon has any fans when you consider how they abuse and exploit the brick and mortar stores that line streets throughout America. These are the stores that employ our family members, support little league teams in the community, and add value to our lives.

These stores build or lease space, buy supplies from the other local businesses, and pay both sales and real-estate taxes. While Amazon sends out the signal that their customers are smart, forward thinking, and upscale they exploit America and have an evil side, this is a side we should and must recognize.

Add to this Bezos referring to Amazon's victory over IBM in a  legal battle to service the cloud computing needs of the Central Intelligence Agency. We can only assume this has to be in relationship to Amazon's role in collecting more data and spying on the American people. More on this distasteful company in the article below.


Tue, 05/06/2014 - 20:26 | 4734237 Dr. Sandi
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Maybe Amazon has so many fans because they offer the stuff you want at really cheap prices?

My own family really hates a lot of what Amazon does. But they keep right on buying stuff there. Why? "Because nothing I do is going to change it."

And there you have the whole of human history, summed up in a single sound bite.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 00:55 | 4734967 Ward no. 6
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oh rubbish

they can change things by shopping local.

i am willing to pay extra to support my area...


Tue, 05/06/2014 - 20:56 | 4734330 lotsoffun
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i can't repeat myself over and over enough.  if you shop at 'global' - amazon, walmart, starbucks, target, macdonalds - you are putting yourself and your friends and family out of work and out of business.  it's really that simple.

shop where there is one cash register and owners.  start now.  put yourself back to work and your business back in place.

if we are all too dumb to know that - then we deserve it.  and the competition is rough, because all these places are designed to put everybody else out of business and out of a decent wage.

it was a game.  remember?  kids?  monopoly.  and they are playing it and they don't care if you and everybody else starves to death a miserable life.  because they won.


Tue, 05/06/2014 - 19:44 | 4734106 Son of Captain Nemo
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Speaking of Amazon's contribution to the economy and the "wars" that feed it?...

I've sent out the Pro regarding this upcoming initiative in Washington D.C. on May 16th that is being organized by several military Veterans as being a potential game changing moment.  Now the Con ...

While I agree with the vast majority of points in this individuals opinion that "Operation Spring" very easily has the potential of being co-opted in a dangerous manner as we've witnessed with the OWS movement, I sure as hell don't see anything going on that is intrinsically organic to organize the States to secede by defying the federal government through non-compliance of federal income taxes as a means to avert a potential imminent war that we are instigating now with Russia.  One would have surmised by now this would be on the plate of most State governments given where we've been and where this latest folly could potentially be leading us.

No doubt that the States through the 10th Amendment still is the best and most effective way to shut down the war machine,  I'm not seeing the outrage even remotely in terms of relentless war rhetoric taking place in recent weeks along with deafening ignorance of "John" and "Suzy Q" public who are more entrenched with the opening of the baseball season or which team made it to the NBA finals.

Always good to have two perspectives and quite frankly there are well founded concerns with this protest in Washington that need to be assessed and good point pro and con for each certainly needs to be understood in making the most informed decision.

For many good reasons this needs to be part of a ZeroHedge/GW discussion and hopefully will be over the next week.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 19:55 | 4734141 Make_Mine_A_Double
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Creative Destruction....of the real economy that is.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 20:00 | 4734157 cpgone
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The military industrial complex did it.


Tue, 05/06/2014 - 20:54 | 4734320 grunk
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Sixteen Tons - Tennessee Ernie Ford

Some people say a man is made outta mud
A poor man's made outta muscle and blood
Muscle and blood and skin and bones
A mind that's a-weak and a back that's strong

You load sixteen tons, what do you get
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go
I owe my soul to the company store

I was born one mornin' when the sun didn't shine
I picked up my shovel and I walked to the mine
I loaded sixteen tons of number nine coal
And the straw boss said "Well, a-bless my soul"

You load sixteen tons, what do you get
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go
I owe my soul to the company store

I was born one mornin', it was drizzlin' rain
Fightin' and trouble are my middle name
I was raised in the canebrake by an ol' mama lion
Cain't no-a high-toned woman make me walk the line

You load sixteen tons, what do you get
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go
I owe my soul to the company store

If you see me comin', better step aside
A lotta men didn't, a lotta men died
One fist of iron, the other of steel
If the right one don't a-get you
Then the left one will

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 20:57 | 4734337 RyeWhiskey
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Amazon, and its ilk, are what's killing small and medium business all around.

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 21:57 | 4734539 ZombieHuntclub
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My wife has worked at the Cha1 fulfillment center for 3-years. It sucks. The waste Amazon has is unbelievable. The people voting it one of the best companies to work for are sitting on their asses at corporate. She was there for the Obama visit and found him just as vacuous as Bezos. Lots of talk. No results. 

Tue, 05/06/2014 - 22:25 | 4734629 walküre
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Phew, for a moment there I was really concerned. Glad to hear that one guy is still making $400,000 / hour at his "job" for the hedge fund. That's roughly $6,667 / minute and $111 / second. That guy is really important and skilled to deserve $100 every second he blinks an eye. America is still the fairest place on the planet.


Tue, 05/06/2014 - 22:36 | 4734665 besnook
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this may seem cold hearted but labor's plight is labor's fault. mind you, i am a former employer with a management style that can be summed up in the phrase, "you're fucking useless, aren't you?"  i have no great regard for american labor at any level of employment because most of them are useless. however, if i were labor i would not put up with the crap the walmarts,disneyworld and the rest of the food, hospitality, and retail markets dole out(pun intended) to their employees. labor is stupid to put up with it. they are their own solution, but when you have a situation like the vw plant that voted down a labor union even though the pay is 5 dollars/hr more than other companies because of the union in germany you have to fix stupid first before proceeding.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 00:00 | 4734890 Lookout Mountain
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"Smiling faces sometimes pretend to be your friend
Smiling faces show no traces of the evil that lurks within
Smiling faces, smiling faces sometimes
They don't tell the trut
Smiling faces, smiling faces
Tell lies and I got proof"  Undisputed Truth


Wed, 05/07/2014 - 01:08 | 4734987 user2011
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This is the extreme. 1 in 20 households in America has over 1 million investable assets, not including the real estate value.

47 million+ household are on the food stamps. That 20% of total us household.

The question I have is that are these homeless people considered as a household ?

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 02:06 | 4735057 Youri Carma
Wed, 05/07/2014 - 04:20 | 4735152 JMT
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You also have to have good credit and no previous evictions ever in order to get approved for an apartment now anywhere. There is now a variation of the credit score called the "'rental score' which is based on "factors" such as income, credit & previous evictions.  I have heard that any previous eviction or if you ever broken a lease EVER you pretty much are SOL when it comes to getting approved for an apartment anywhere so maybe that is one reason why some of these workers cannot find housing because of this bullshit like "rental scores', databases like these outfits like "saferent" and of course the parabolic rise in housing costs.  A studio apartment in most metropolitan areas in any neighborhood is at least $1200 a month and with the above you are usually required to put down one month first, another for last another for security that is $3600 a month in cash or certified funds before you have a chance of seeing keys. 

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 18:39 | 4737577 MeelionDollerBogus
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So pretty much one bad landlord now means that they can take the money, evict you, lie about how things went down in an apartment, and intead of a dispute with that landlord you are now homeless to die in the street.
Great. Murrika the Great once again in action.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 07:44 | 4735300 Addibrux
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 Being from Germany myself, having worked in America for the past 26 years, I remember the two most prominent dynamics I noticed when starting out here. The first, without question, was the television culture over here, which has grown now to an average of 40 hours per week for the average American. I thought it incredibly odd with all the fantastic opportunities over here to make a living, that Americans seemed cursed in life with to much time that they just squandered it away, never creating, producing, or otherwise accomplishing anything for half their waking hours.

 The second, was that when it comes to work, they're caniving back-climbers to one another, believing the way up the ladder is to constantly step on, and back stab, the fellow in front of them. In the process gleefully gutting the unions over here, which really were the only balance of power betwixt themselves and the corporations.

 I suppose there's a third dynamic ( I'm an electrical engineer working in industrial automation ), in their belief that two hands, and a set of eyeballs commands higher and higher wages, when in fact there is currently not a single job or profession that isn't on our design table now, in some state of design. Minimum wage of 15/hr ? We're all for it. Our break in for fast food is 12, puting payback inside of 5 years for the business owner. Bring it.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 09:43 | 4735599 Blue Dog
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I resent the snide anti-capitalist remarks about Amazon. Amazon doesn't owe it's seasonal workers anything beyond their wages. Amazon isn't responsible for the poverty those people were living in before, during, or after their Amazon employment.

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:49 | 4736917 MeelionDollerBogus
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With Foxxconn slaves they could jump.
With homeless people sleeping in the alley there's nowhere to jump so they save on suicide nets.
I guess that's why the CEO's make the big bux.

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