I drove for Amazon from December 2019 until March of 2021, and I want to shed light on the work environment and the way the world's largest online retailer treats its employees. I want to show support for all the people I worked with and drove with, and with those who wear the blue vest across the nation. I support the driver walk-out on Easter Sunday. It's time to show Amazon that drivers are people who deserve better, and not machines who don't need a bathroom break!
Edit: Thanks for all the questions, y'all!! I've been at this for hours now and I'm going to take a break, but I'll keep trying to answer questions I've missed over the next couple days.
I ask this because if your $2 million portfolio were to make an average ish 10% return, that means you made $200K plus whatever you make for your job, which is awesome. Would this be like owning a business in a way except that it is completely passive in comparison to managing a business such as a owning a restaurant?
Any restaurant owners here? How much are you taking home a year? I don’t care about revenue, I wanna know how much free cash flow and money in your pockets.
Yesterday, a coworker approached me and asked me if I was alright. I said yes, just being a bit tired. She kept insisting that I looked ill and I should stay at home if I'm ill because I would otherwise put everyone's job in jeopardy. I told her again that I'm fine. I knew why she was asking though.
Thing is, I have extremely heavy and painful periods and many other symptoms that people with endometriosis have, but apparently I don't have endo. But still, I feel like shit when on my period and I am tired and bloated and miserable.
I just wanted to be left alone tbh so she was getting on my nerves big time. Then she asked if I had seen a doctor about my tiredness. I stood up bc I thought I could escape her by going to the loo and she pointed at my belly, which was extremely bloated and swollen, and loudly claimed "oh, your pregnant, why didn't you tell us?" To which I replied "oh my god, I'm not pregnant. Would you f* off and mind your own business already?". She now tells everyone how rude I was and that she only wanted to help and I can't stop thinking that maybe I was TA for overreacting and she probably really only wanted to help. So, AITA?
I have spoken to my boss, he had a similar issue with her (which I didn't know until just now) and will go to HR for me to advocate my case. He knows how hard it is for me to work during my period, he has actually once called an ambulance because I collapsed due to blood loss, so he's really pissed at her for being so insensitive about sth that's not even her damn business.
Also, yes, I've had the laparoscopy (is that the right word? In my mother tongue it's called belly mirroring, so I'm quite unsure) to rule out endo. I have not completed diagnosis though, we are still searching for the reasons of my problems, but due to a lockdown my appointments had to be postponed.
Thank you all so much for your encouragement and kind words!
One of their tips: "Keep the majority of your crypto offline in a hardware wallet. Only keep the funds you need for trading and other activities on Kraken."
The fact that they want people to get crypto off their platform is an indicator that they are customer-centric. They'd benefit if people kept it there because they could use customer's crypto to stake it themselves and make a wagonload of money.
It's good for the crypto space that we have exchanges that are doing their best for customers. We win, they win. I doubt Kraken is perfect, because who is? They are trying, and that's what matters to me.
I'm not sponsored by them, check my comment history, I'm just a random customer. I am currently using Binance US, Coinbase Pro, Voyager as well, so if you have questions about them, I'll answer what I know.
Side note if Kraken is reading this: Please allow us to do ACH deposit! :)
Its the original silver weed distraction. Seeing alot of amc posts here. Stop it. All you have is “the pandemic is slowing down”
Happened just a couple of hours ago, this story is so fresh you can still smell it!
On our community garden we get teams of kids from the local school come to help and it's often the case that they turn up on a Saturday morning as well. They're almost entirely well-behaved which is a good job as there's not a lot we can do about bad behaviour beyond a stern voice (although one time a lad kicked one of our rabbits so a girl brained him with a shovel, rough but effective justice).
There's this one lad who came for the first time last week, don't know him but we made him very welcome. He only lasted half an hour before storming off in tears after his THIRD telling off for spinning round and round holding a tool and then letting it fly off at head height. This morning his mum (I assume) came with him, I saw him point out my friend and me, but he didn't ask to join in so after shouting hello we let them be. After about ten minutes he started wandering and my friend shouted to him "don't go round behind the greenhouse mate, it's not safe round there". Well, his mum had obviously been waiting for this because she went 0 to 100 in two seconds flat, demanding to know do we OWN this garden, and if not what business is it of ours where her son goes? We explained we just want him to be safe and she replied that she's quite capable of taking care of that herself, thank you. Fine, on you go.
Off he went, exploring behind the greenhouse, which is not safe because it's the compost heap, which is very unstable, and the muck mound, which is a giant pile of horse manure we get delivered every autumn. By the spring the inside is all nice and rotted down, and the outside is hard, crusty... and less strong than you think. After a minute there was a crunch, a squeal... and I think we did very well to drag him out without saying "I told you so" or breaking into guffaws. He was absolutely black from chest-height downwards, and although well-rotted manure doesn't smell really bad it is very thick, and sticky, and slimy.
His mum grabbed him without a word and they headed for the gate, he started bawling as soon as the surprise wore off. My friend said "would you like some bin bags to spread out in your car" and to her credit she did say thanks when he handed them over.
I wonder if we'll see them again next week?
Edit: to everyone saying we should have made a point of some kind - if you’re mean to kids or they think you’re making fun of them they just don’t come back. Kids... keep reading on reddit ➡
The title pretty much sums it up. Look, I get it. You want to have fun with other couples, or bond over your parenting experiences. That's fine. It sucks to be excluded from get-togethers when you're single or not a parent, but sometimes that's the group dynamic of the day, and I've never made a stink over it when it's happened to me.
But I've seen some frazzled parents of toddlers throw some epic tantrums because they found out that they weren't invited to a party or get-together due to the fact that there's a 50/50 chance they'll bring Little Johnny, and everyone there would then have to watch their language and entertain the kid instead of having fun. I get it, Mommy needs a break and Daddy wants to have a beer with his buddies. But you signed on for this when you chose to become parents. How can some people be completely unapologetic about exuding some of their friends, then have such an utter lack of self awareness to cry foul when they aren't invited to something?
"You didn't invite me because of the kids, didn't you?!"
Yes. Because we wanted to drink and swear and watch a few horror movies while shooting the shit. Just like you didn't invite your single, childfree friends because you wanted to chat with your mom friends while your kids had a play date. In a nutshell, don't flip the table because it's been (unintentionally) turned on you and you don't like it.
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I'm currently a career adviser at Harvard College and a researcher on the future of work at Harvard Business School. I previously worked in management consulting at BCG and investment banking at Credit Suisse.
It's a weird feeling writing all of this because I don't come from the background you're probably expecting me to come from. I was raised by an immigrant single mother who spent her life working in a sewing machine factory. I wrote my first resume when I was 14 years old—and it was for my mom when she was laid off. I was a first-generation, low-income college student and am, frankly, still trying to decipher how I went from such a background to where I am today. What I do know is that I've had a lot of people pay it forward to me. So, I decided to spend my career paving a smoother path for others who are also coming from humble beginnings.
Anyway, I'm excited for my first AMA, so... go ahead and AMA! I’ll answer as many questions as I am able.
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UPDATE #1: 7:00pm ET: Wow! Didn't expect so much interest! I was worried I'd have crickets and tumbleweeds. I'm still answering and will answer until I crash tonight (11PM-ish?). Bear with me. I want to be as thoughtful as I can be with each of your questions!
UPDATE #2: 11:45pm ET: Wow x2! Thanks for your interest, y'all! I'm starting to run out of steam, but I'm having such a good time getting to know you all that I want to continue. Chances are, I'll answer a few more. Then, I'm afraid I'll have to... keep reading on reddit ➡
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Edit 2: Thank you so much for all of the awards, I couldn't thank every single one of you. I appreciate also to some of the readers who applauded me to do this to a power tripping cops. While it is highly effective, I don't condone on doing it unless it's the last resort, like in my situation. I actually found most cops are extremely friendly and helpful to drivers. In fact, I got pulled over before for speeding 5 above limit on a downhill. The cop is extremely understanding, waived my ticket, & also gave me tips on the load that I carry at that time, which is a completely new information for me. The cop actually went beyond extra miles to educate me. I still have faith in humanity.
Edit: For those who asked "did I do anything on my log book during laughter?" you all have asked the most important question, bravo. I did set it as "Off Duty" but did not put comment on it. I guess, in the eyes of my dispatch, it looks like I'm doing 1 minute of silence. I did get questioned by my dispatch and after thorough explaining, he too, did a 1 minute of silence.
This malicious compliance has brought to you by my trip from Chicago, IL to Los Angeles, CA.
Background: I'm an over the road truck driver and most of the time, it's more convenient for me to do my "business" on the highway shoulder. I don't have to drive around & around just to park to use the restroom. Just a quick 30 second emergency stop, do my business (either on the side of the road or empty bottles that I'm saving up [gotta do what you gotta do when you're on the road]), then off driving again. I'm sure I'm not the only over the road truck driver who have done these, it's very common.
Side note: According to FMCSA, by law, we have to carry log books to calculate our driving & on duty time. This is relevant to the story.
On to the story:
This happened just a few hours ago somewhere in I-40 WB in New Mexico. I was suddenly in need to relieve myself badly, so as usual, I pulled over to a clean, wide highway shoulder, then I put my log book to "Off Duty".
Note: this isn't my first time today doing my business.
I have a habit of being very meticulous with my driving time. Which means, when I'm not doing anything, even for 30 seconds, I put my time in off duty. I tried to save as much driving time as possible, those multiple 30 seconds can add up to a lot to avoid doing 34 hours reset too soon.
I looked at the passenger side window & sees multiple cars passing by. Turns out, there's a... keep reading on reddit ➡
I’m in a hiking club and we often stop for a snack afterwards.
We have a few spots we frequent but a favorite is the local ice cream parlor.
It’s family run and the owners’ son (somewhere between 9-11 years old) is often working behind the counter on weekends.
Very sweet chatty kid who’s always making good use of the sample spoons for himself and gives me extra big scoops. I’m a very satisfied patron.
On the last few trips a member of our group has remarked to us privately that she thought it was odd to have such a young child working in a store on a weekend.
Most of us kind of shrugged and we moved on. But then she became more insistent, saying it really felt amiss, because kids should be playing on the weekends not working in a store.
She said she was a child advocate for some group or another and was considering calling some connections to have the store looked into.
I don’t know this woman outside of the group so someone who knew her better said that felt inappropriate and if she had concerns she should take it up with the store directly.
She agreed and started to go up to the counter to make a fuss.
I like eating here, with the group and on my own, so didn’t want to be associated with someone making weird complaints about the nice kid.
I interjected before she could get started and said she really needed to mind her business because the kid seemed plenty happy and she was creating a problem where there wasn’t one by imposing her personal values on a private situation.
We left pretty quickly after that as we were starting to attract attention. But some of my friends in the group said my reaction was out of bounds because this is her area of expertise, so I was wrong to be so brash, and in a public place. And none of it concerned me.
They have a point that I don’t know what she might have noticed that I wouldn’t have in my lack of training.
Now I worry I made an ass of myself for being so harsh with her.
The thing is, I was actually really happy with where I landed in 2018-2020. I finally got some solid savings going and I felt on the top of the world. It was only $30-40k annually, but that was more than I've ever made before and it was basically like winning the lottery to me. I wasn't dissatisfied at all.
When covid hit, my business slowed down a little. I could have honestly cracked on and just lost a few grand, and it wouldn't have been catastrophic--I do have savings. But I decided to take the break from constant client work as an opportunity to pivot my business to another angle.
I'm a self-taught freelance graphic designer, and I've been designing book covers since 2010 for indie publishers. I've probably designed 500 book covers in my lifetime. I actually really love the work and I don't see myself ever stopping. I'm just so attached to design, and especially this industry. I've been a part of fiction since my early teens. It's just where I shine. But there was a problem where I could only ever produce so many covers. Even if I spent 16 hours of my day making covers, there was still a ceiling. Apparently that ceiling was $40k/yr. Which is fine! It's great! But I just got burnt out.
And tbh, it's really hard to see an author you designed a cover for hit it big. I've had four of them. I can't tell you how difficult it is to get paid $250 for a book cover and have the author come to you and say, "Wow, I made $30k this month, and I owe it all to YOUR COVER!" Meanwhile, I'm rolling dimes to afford a box of tampons. Ouch, you know?
So I decided to shoot for being that author.
If anyone here has ever done freelance work, you know how important the pivot is. You have to try new hustles and see if there's something better out there. You have to diversify and never let one client/company/business make up your entire income, because that's not secure. One of the publishers I used to contract for went under in 2019, but I saw that in the cards back in 2017. They made up 90% of my income. Scary! Thankfully, I saw the writing on the wall and was able to move to other publishers, never letting one house or author account for more than 30% of my income.
Sometimes the pivot works out, sometimes it doesn't. You just have to kind of calculate whether or not you can afford to fail for a while. Usually, the answer to that is HELL NO. But 2020 was already a fail on many levels, so I thought why not? Let's write a series!
It was a bit of a risk, because I've... keep reading on reddit ➡