Last edited by Sion; 5th November 2013 at 05:08 PM.
In before Caturday and Bunday.
I was so bored with the 4 off days that I got another job working the other 3 days. At the end of the year I was faced with a huge tax bill as I have two incomes. This is Australia the more you earn the heavier you are taxed. It would probably work out better if I'm in HK or Singapore.
I'm still in shock... contemplating whether Sion still has that kelate twang
Endure. In enduring grow strong.
It is not business as usual in Greece.
Their previous and current prime ministers had to grit their teeth and bear the humiliation of asking EU bureaucrats (to a large extent Germany) for a handout -begging for money to save their countrymen.
And yet, this is how the Greek shop employees behave.
This is a time of adversity in Greece.
I think they do not love their country enough; and still have not shed the spoilt brat [It is all about ME first attitude].
In times of adversity, the citizens of some countries hunker down and bite the bullet. They do what is necessary to take the country out from hard times to a better place.
After the end of WW2 when much of Japan and Germany were devastated, the Japanese and Germans worked to bring about the transformation.
One would not expect the Japanese and Germans who were shop employees in 1946 (in fact up to present day) to mass protest on the streets that they have to do a Sunday shift.
The kind of selfish "me first and who cares about the country" attitude is not in their DNA.
Japan and Germany prospered from 1946 to become what they are today.
Likewise the South Koreans.
In 1998 they had a crisis. South Korea was in trouble.
Instead of mass protests on the streets by shop employees about Sunday shift work, the South Koreans donated their gold jewellery to help the country out. It may be symbolic. But it reflects the stark fundamental differences in behavior and attitude between the South Koreans and the Greeks.
South Korea recovered and today in 2013, is a power house economy.
Coming back to Greece.
The economy is in shambles. The shop employees are lucky to have a job. Don't they care about the employer/shop/company that they work for? On a bigger scale, don’t they care about their country?
If the shop has to close because of lack of business, then they, (the shop employees) also lose big time.
It is on Sundays that the most of the population is free to come shopping. This is the most important time for the shop. It is a matter of survival for the shop.
Being a shop employee and protesting on the streets about having to do Sunday shift; is like choosing to be a swimming instructor but refusing to get wet in the pool. It does not make sense.
Last edited by ricohflex; 7th November 2013 at 12:04 AM.