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This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for my Wal-Mart job.Posted Wednesday, November 21, 2012, at 2:30 PM
Lately, I've seen quite a bit of complaining about how awful it is to work at Wal-Mart. Several stores are planning to strike on Black Friday, and quite a few anti-Wal-Mart memes have crawled down my news feed on Facebook over the past few days. One of the loudest complaints is that people have to work on Thanksgiving.
How ironic, that on the day to give thanks, people can be so ungrateful for their jobs.
We are still in a recession, despite what the President would like us to think. Unemployment rates are still hovering right around 8%. And since the unions managed to destroy companies like Hostess, thousands more people are jobless this holiday season. Every day at work I pass people sitting at Wal-Mart's hiring center, filling out their computerized application in hopes of getting job there.
I get so tired of people complaining how bad they have it. I know this generation doesn't remember when times were really tough. They weren't around in the early part of last century, when jobs were so scarce that sometimes entire families were split up just to get work. Any work. Even hard, dangerous work that paid barely enough to live on. Today, people cry because they voluntarily applied to a retail store and then had to work on a holiday. Waah.
On this Thanksgiving, I would rather be thankful for my job instead of complaining about it. Today, I want to say how thankful I am to have a job at Wal-Mart.
I'm thankful that at Wal-Mart, I can hire in without education or experience, and work my way up to a better position.
I'm thankful that Wal-Mart shares their profits with their employees in the form of a bonus every quarter.
I'm thankful that Wal-Mart offers an amazing deal on employee health insurance.
I'm thankful that Wal-Mart gives me money in the form of scholarships every semester for college.
I'm thankful that Wal-Mart allows me to change my availability whenever I need to so that I can schedule my work around my life.
I'm thankful that Wal-Mart gives back to their community by giving donations to non-profit organizations and schools.
I'm thankful that Wal-Mart allows the Boy Scouts and the Salvation Army and local baseball teams to raise money at its front doors.
I'm thankful that even though I have to work on Thanksgiving, I don't have to come in until 3:00 p.m. and I will have plenty of time to eat turkey and pumpkin pie with the family. I'm thankful that the rest of the family will get to do the dishes after I leave for work. I'm thankful that I won't have to pack a lunch that day, because Wal-Mart is serving a Thanksgiving dinner to those who have to work. I'm thankful that in appreciation for working that day, they are giving me an extra 10% (in addition to the discount I already get) off of any one purchase. And I'm thankful for the great team I work with, because I know we will all work together to make the busiest night of the year a success.
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