August 21, 2002
this place ain't so friendly.
Nickled and Dimed. Maureen Kennedy, 16-year waitress of a Friendly's, suspended for delivering breakfast one minute late.
Posted by dbrown at August 21, 2002 10:34 AM
I recently saw a programme on PBS (it was BBC) following the CEO of Wedgewood Pottery around his factory and trying to assess his operations. He did this by talking to the actual factory workers and got his hands dirty, actually sharing in the manual labor done by the workers. He seemed genuinely interested in their work (for the cameras perhaps) and when they voiced to him their complaints (which were all completely understandable once you heard them out) he went and talked to the middle managers, all of whom were idiotic, despicable people it seemed. Maybe it's my inborn contempt for managers but it made me wonder: there's communism or socialism which celebrates the beauty of the working class, the people who do the heavy lifting, take out the garbage, and take pride in their craft; there's capitalism, which celebrates the innovators, the savvy movers and shakers, many of whom grow out of the working class and work their way to the top. But what movement celebrates the middle managers? What IS the middle in middle class?
it's also called capitalism, but it's really a corporate-only capitalism and deserves a new name to reflect that -- but won't get one, because Capitalism has a good reputation, in general, as being open and honest. ha.