And what about his first job, as one of the red-hatted guides in downtownor how about this quick quit job....
Washington? "The best job I had," he said. It was $12.52 an hour, 40 hours a
week. He had a bank account that got up to $700 -- and then, after 18 months of
giving the same directions, helping the same homeless people, making the same
money, he quit.
He got a job as an $8-an-hour security guard at a Rite-Aid in Dupont Circle, and
on the second day, when a customer tapped him on the arm and said, "Excuse me,
where's the foot powder?" he was only too happy to help. "It should all be good
now," he said mid-morning, but then his back began to hurt from standing, and he
used the word "boring," and two customers began having a loud conversation about
Gas-X, and he said, "I'm going to try to tough it out. I mean, I ain't gonna
try, I am going to tough it out," and from that point forward every minute
became an act of persuasion until he walked off the job in the middle of day 10.
Those are limited jobs in a stronger economic environment, but there is still value in a job. Heck, my coworker had a job in our great depression 2.0 with decent pay and good benefits and a future. I usually wish people good luck when they leave, but I can only hope this guy figures what is wrong with his head before any well wishes.