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A Salute To The Slaves That Worked Today

The last archemedianTLA here.

As I type these words, it's 2:02 a.m. on May 27. Memorial Day.

I stopped, 15 minutes ago, at the 24-hour fast-food joint a block from my house. The kid working the vampire shift looked about 13, but has to be 16 to work there legally, I believe. In any case, the kid is in high school.

Finals are in a couple of weeks. The kid is working the vampire shift for minimum wage, and he'll sleep away most of the Memorial Day holiday. I'm waking up at 9 to attend a birthday party [not my own], he's studying for finals and working nights.

Just wanted to give a shout-out to all the overnight workers at the local McFastFoods all across the country. Screwed-up biological schedule working nights and sleeping days, minimum wage, disruption of holidays. And largely unnoticed and unappreciated.

My life could be a lot worse than it is.

-- The Last Archimedean

Comments

Techtyger

I slept the whole day, and am now working. No holiday pay for me, either...

Skittles

I can get behind that. Many a time has vast hunger and thirst been quenched by the mercy of the fast food wizards.

photoslave

I spent my Memorial Day morning stocking and cleaning a gas station. Then I went home and slept all day and night. No cookouts, parties, or picnic dates for me.

Miss Red

From a deli/c-store vampire who worked 5/26 to 5/27, thanks for your kind acknowledgement. (I was at least lucky enough to get some leftover BBQ for breakfast)

The Last Archimedean

You're quite welcome, Miss Red.

I hope all your customers were polite and gave you a smile and some kind words.

Bored at the Bookstore

Amen! We didn't open Monday ('cause not too many people go book shopping on Memorial Day, anyway; that's the perk of owning the place) - but I was really grateful the convenience store was open when the grandboys slurped up the last of the milk.

Trucker Bitch

I worked on Monday, but up here in Canadaland it wasn't a long weekend. Ours was last week. I did get that off, but only because I had to push back my asked for time-off by a week.

InSecurity

And remeber to give a shout out to your emergency crews: booze, stupid, and the phrase "hey watch this!" are a wonderful combination. Also, try and keep a barbecue out of the above equation.

trekkiebabe

I had the day off and went to see Star Trek: Into Darkness, but I salute my fellow retail slaves!

Mollywobbles

I worked 6-2 yesterday after staying up until 2am the previous night watching Adventure Time with my husband who gets lonely when I go to bed at night. I was dead on my feet the whole day, even after drinking two cups of coffee. Place was dead except for two rushes from 9-10 and from 11:30-about 1.

Anyway, when I was a kid, we'd go camping Memorial Day weekend, and on our way home Monday, we'd always stop at McD's because Mom didn't feel like making dinner after three straight days of camp food, and it appears that tradition is is still alive and well. Even though I was sleepy and bored, I'm glad to be part of carrying on the tradition. =3

Book Baby

I spent the day in a recliner--SICK. Yay me.

Jason Thorn

I remember working for Morning/Evening Tiny Bazaar for five years, graveyard shift. I got the holidays without fail. All of them.

As a veteran of the Retail War, I salute all the active soldiers out there.

Miss Red

"As a veteran of the Retail War, I salute all the active soldiers out there."

I. LOVE. THIS.

This needs to be a thing. A BIG thing. I sometimes feel like I have fought in a war by the time I get home. I want medals!

(Please don't think I'm cheapening the efforts of the military by this. I have a ton of respect for our brothers and sisters in uniform.)

KitKat

The other people who deserve a big hand are nursing aides, police officers, and any one who can't take off work for whatever reason. I worked Monday; my family had our celebration a week early.

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