Just Letting Y’all Know

 

I work for a national retailer in central Indiana. Very central. I just want to let you all know this ahead of time should you happen into the establishment where I ply my trade. Should you ask for assistance finding something that we sell, I just want you to know that before I dispense with advice or direction as to help you find the items you came in to buy, I’m going to take a few moments to share my political views.

I might take a knee for a moment of prayer to protest the increasing repression of religious practice. I might present a rant on the need for tax cuts. The overbearing regulatory environment that we live under might crop up. I might even share my frustrations regarding the state of race relations or healthcare.

Once I’m finished I’ll professionally, happily, and congenially guide you throughout my store to take care of your shopping needs. If I happen to be checking you out at the register I’ll ring you up with all due haste.

I’m sure that my employer both locally and at our national headquarters will gladly support me in my efforts. Why would they not allow me to use their facilities, the time I am being paid for, and most of all their public forum to share my views? Surely they would support my sharing these views with the patrons.

How cool is it that I can do this without repercussions?

Anyway, just wanted to let you know what you’d be in for if you should happen by. I’ll be the big gray-haired lug with “Rob” on his name tag. If I’m not there, it will probably mean I have the day off.

Or fired for being a rude, obnoxious, self-imposing rube for wasting your time, the employers resources, and in general, a public nusaince.

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  1. Arahant Member
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    Hmmm, I wonder what this could possibly be about?

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  2. MLH Inactive
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    Brilliant!

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  3. PHCheese Inactive
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    Touchdown Rob!

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  4. Franz Drumlin Inactive
    Franz Drumlin
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    Excellent! I work in a magazine store in a ultra-blue locale. I get lectured about the evils of conservatives in general and Trump in particular about seventy times a day. My policy is simple: as long as I am on the clock I have no opinions about anything. I do the job I am paid to do and otherwise keep my views to myself even when the customer is a laugh-out-loud doofus (two days ago I had to smile and nod for fifteen minutes while a shopper tried to make the case that the earthquake in Mexico was due to Global Warming).

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  5. Mitchell Messom Inactive
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    Well I will leave it up to your employer if they want to fire you or not.

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  6. Chuckles Coolidge
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    Franz Drumlin (View Comment):
    Excellent! I work in a magazine store in a ultra-blue locale. I get lectured about the evils of conservatives in general and Trump in particular about seventy times a day. My policy is simple: as long as I am on the clock I have no opinions about anything. I do the job I am paid to do and otherwise keep my views to myself even when the customer is a laugh-out-loud doofus (two days ago I had to smile and nod for fifteen minutes while a shopper tried to make the case that the earthquake in Mexico was due to Global Warming).

    Obamacare will surely pay for treating the ulcers this must cause.

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  7. Henry Castaigne Member
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    Chuckles (View Comment)

    Obamacare will surely pay for treating the ulcers this must cause.

    Well we will save a lot of money from not treating children like Charlie Guard.

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  8. Henry Castaigne Member
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    On a more serious note, why do leftists feel so compelled to virtue signal while so many conservatives just do their job. Look at Jimmy Kimmel compared to Pat Sajak. Heck, even Clint Eastwood doesn’t make his conservatism a huge thing. Why is the left so incessantly hectoring.

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  9. Randy Webster Inactive
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    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):
    leftists feel so compelled to virtue signal

    Your answer is right there.

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  10. thelonious Member
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    I’m more of a black glove fist in the air guy.  Comes across as more defiant.  Make sure you raise your fist way past parallel or it might be misinterpreted.

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  11. Franz Drumlin Inactive
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    thelonious (View Comment):
    I’m more of a black glove fist in the air guy. Comes across as more defiant.

    Outside the confines of one’s place of employment, by all means. Let your freak flag fly. But while on the job your responsibility is to the man or woman who signs the paychecks. If, during the 2016 campaign, I were to show up every day wearing a MAGA * hat and thereby offend the majority of our customers the owner of the store would be well within his rights to say take it off, pal, or you’re outta here.

    * the morning shift guy did wear his Bernie Sanders t-shirt on occasion and got away with it, a theme for a much longer post

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  12. Roberto Inactive
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    Hustler46060: I might take a knee for a moment of prayer to protest the increasing repression of religious Christian practice. I might present a rant on the need for tax cuts. The overbearing regulatory environment that we live under might crop up. I might even share my frustrations regarding the state of race relations or healthcare.

    Anything else is just fine, that’s all they care about.

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  13. Randy Webster Inactive
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    Franz Drumlin (View Comment):
    Excellent! I work in a magazine store in a ultra-blue locale. I get lectured about the evils of conservatives in general and Trump in particular about seventy times a day. My policy is simple: as long as I am on the clock I have no opinions about anything. I do the job I am paid to do and otherwise keep my views to myself even when the customer is a laugh-out-loud doofus (two days ago I had to smile and nod for fifteen minutes while a shopper tried to make the case that the earthquake in Mexico was due to Global Warming).

    I feel for you guys.  Not only do I not have to deal with the public, pretty much everyone in the office is a right wing nut job.

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  14. blood thirsty neocon Inactive
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    I teach and test the English language proficiency of (mostly East Asian, heavily Chinese) international college students. The next time I teach or test them, I will let them know exactly what I think of the Chinese Communist Party and the atrocities it has committed. I will tell them the real history of Mao Zedong and his successors. I will show them a video about the Tiananmen Square massacre. I can’t imagine why anyone would find this offensive, and not only do I expect to keep my job, I also expect to be congratulated for my bravery and honesty.

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  15. She Member
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    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):
    On a more serious note, why do leftists feel so compelled to virtue signal while so many conservatives just do their job. Look at Jimmy Kimmel compared to Pat Sajak. Heck, even Clint Eastwood doesn’t make his conservatism a huge thing. Why is the left so incessantly hectoring.

    Because it’s all they have. On the battlefield of ideas, they lose every time.

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  16. blood thirsty neocon Inactive
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    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):
    On a more serious note, why do leftists feel so compelled to virtue signal while so many conservatives just do their job. Look at Jimmy Kimmel compared to Pat Sajak. Heck, even Clint Eastwood doesn’t make his conservatism a huge thing. Why is the left so incessantly hectoring.

    Some often wonder how the Stupid Party (Republicans) ever win any elections. This is why. At least Republicans don’t incessantly hector. This is why I’m not that worried about the midterm elections. Most Americans don’t like to be hectored like this.

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  17. EMichaels Inactive
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    You should hold out for a better contract.

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  18. Randy Webster Inactive
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    Randy Webster (View Comment):
    I feel for you guys. Not only do I not have to deal with the public, pretty much everyone in the office is a right wing nut job.

    And anyone who wasn’t would be mocked unmercifully.

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  19. Randy Weivoda Moderator
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    At my job, I sometimes help customers when the actual salespeople are busy.  Luckily, I never get customers who want to talk about politics.  But I will sometimes overhear a salesperson with a customer who does.  It can be tempting to stick my head out and ask questions when I hear a customer offer up a loony conspiracy theory, such as that the North Korean missile launches are probably a false flag operation.  But I stay out of it.  If I overhear a conversation about sports cars or science fiction, however, temptation may overcome me.  People generally are more forgiving of disagreements over 911 vs. Corvette or Kirk vs. Picard than Hillary vs. Donald.

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  20. Nanda Panjandrum Member
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    Absolutely perfect, deftly-played; bonus points for making me laugh!

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  21. cdor Member
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    That is a very succinct and cogent comparison to the idiocy and arrogance of athletes and entertainers. The only difference to the ahtletes is I don’t even know what they are protesting about. Do you?

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  22. rgbact Inactive
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    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):
    Why is the left so incessantly hectoring.

    Conservatives don’t consider wealth shameful. But if you’re a liberal entertainer/athlete…..you’re basically obligated to do 5 minutes of daily virtue signaling, before wallowing in all your millions. With social media increasing, this nonsense is going to get out of control. Likely great for Republicans electorally though. Looks like Trump is already trying to exploit it.

     

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  23. Herbert defender of the Realm,… Member
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    @Herbert

    Let’s hope President Trump  doesn’t hear of your non – work related ramblings,  being called a S-O-B on national tv might be in your future…

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  24. Henry Castaigne Member
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    rgbact (View Comment):

    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):
    Why is the left so incessantly hectoring.

    Conservatives don’t consider wealth shameful. But if you’re a liberal entertainer/athlete…..you’re basically obligated to do 5 minutes of daily virtue signaling, before wallowing in all your millions. With social media increasing, this nonsense is going to get out of control. Likely great for Republicans electorally though. Looks like Trump is already trying to exploit it.

    I’m trying to right a post about cars with very similar themes. I do quarrel with your use of the word shameful. It isn’t about shame it’s about guilt. Leftists feel bad for having wealth not because society hectors them (shame) but because they feel bad for having everything (guilt). Jimmy Kimmel is a prime example. He knows that his kids will get the best healthcare so he feels bad that other people won’t get as much healthcare so he becomes a leftist.

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  25. Michael Graham Member
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    So you’re the obnoxious jerk who I had to wait on to ring me up in Indianapolis….

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  26. Penfold Member
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    In the Left’s world of commerce, the customer is ALWAYS WRONG.

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  27. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Well done, Hustler. I’d come in to your store any day and you could “lecture” me to your heart’s content. ;-)

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  28. Laura Gadbery Coolidge
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    You can dance in the end zone after this post.

    I had to quit retail management because I was afraid this would happen to me. (Not really, I was tired of customers being the king.) Especially with all those women coming in with “I’m with Her” buttons and safety pins adorning their clothes. One woman asked me on voting day if I voted “for her” and if not, Susan B Anthony would be ashamed. In order to avoid a discussion, I replied, “Who’s that?” You should have seen her face. :)

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  29. Randy Weivoda Moderator
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    Laura Gadbery (View Comment):
    One woman asked me on voting day if I voted “for her” and if not, Susan B Anthony would be ashamed.

    I wonder if she would have had a similar view if the contestants had been Carly Fiorina and Bernie Sanders?

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  30. JcTPatriot Member
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    Laura Gadbery (View Comment):
    You can dance in the end zone after this post.

    I had to quit retail management because I was afraid this would happen to me. (Not really, I was tired of customers being the king.) Especially with all those women coming in with “I’m with Her” buttons and safety pins adorning their clothes. One woman asked me on voting day if I voted “for her” and if not, Susan B Anthony would be ashamed. In order to avoid a discussion, I replied, “Who’s that?” You should have seen her face. :)

    That’s awesome! Her face… I can’t imagine the reaction, but I’ll bet it was worth it!

    Next time maybe something like, “Was that the lady on ‘Days Of Our Lives’, or ‘Falcon Crest’? I always get them confused.”

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