Geoffrey Owens is speaking out after a photograph surfaced showing him working at a grocery store in what many perceived as an attempt to shame him for his job. Article Here.
I know the feeling.
Not too many years ago, I was an up and coming sales rep for a large company. My highest point (even literally) was hosting several business owners on a flight from the Boston area to the Midwest, in a corporate jet that had all the luxuries one could imagine. We were on a one day trip to see the world class factory that manufactured the equipment I sold to these businessmen. I sealed the deal, as I usually did, and made the “President’s Club” by adding this to my year’s sales totals. In truth, I did not like that job. The pressure was ever-present. The back stabbing in the company was relentless. A smile from a co-worker was never to be trusted. However, on the surface, I was living the dream.
In my early 50’s, I was cut from the sales division. Too many younger up and coming kids were up for grabs and willing to work for smaller commissions. I transferred to the service department and even then, in my early 60’s I was cut again. No doubt someone 20 years younger willing to take 20 grand less was taking my place.
The bright spot came next. I found a job at a grocery store. I started part time and eventually went to full time because I liked it so much. This company was 180 degrees from my previous one. Employees all supported each other and the owners supported everyone. It’s been almost three years and I love it there.
But there are those who look at me differently now. I’m just a grocery clerk. I should set my sites higher. Above all, I should not be paid a sustainable wage, because my job does not require a college degree and “it’s meant for kids in high school”. If I want a sustainable wage, respect, dignity from my fellow citizens (many of whom are Democrats), I need to “better myself”, get a degree and apply myself my career.
Nope, I’m tired of taking that crap.
I like my job. I do well at it. YOU need me to do this job and you really ought to respect me, thank me, and never look down on me or Geoffrey Owens or ANYONE who is working . We all deserve a sustainable wage and all that goes with it, including respect.