Mini-vent, working teen

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Registered: 11-28-1999
Mini-vent, working teen
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Fri, 12-14-2012 - 11:11am

My son works part time.  Normally if they schedule him for a week night, it's 3-7 or 6-10, no more than 4 hours.  Now I know it's the week before Christmas but he still has school & plenty of homework (he has 7 classes, 2 of which are AP) and 2 nights this week they scheduled him from 3:30-10.  Of course they know he's in high school.  Does it not take any common sense for the manager to realize that a kid in school can't work 6 1/2 hours on a school night & have no time to do homework--or is he supposed to start his 2-3 hours of HW at 10:30?  Of course now he'll have to try to find someone to cover part of the hours.  Usually it's not that hard.  I told him to speak up, but he said he fears that he won't get any hours then, which I don't think is true.

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Registered: 11-28-1999
Sat, 12-15-2012 - 12:24pm

I know, Kimmy, it's beyond belief.  Now people are going to investigate WHY?  If the guy was facing trial, that would make sense, I suppose, but since he's dead, 1st we will really never know, and 2nd, I doubt it matters one way or another to the families involved. 

Merry Christmas to you & your family.

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Registered: 08-08-2009
Fri, 12-14-2012 - 11:58pm

Yes, this is a problem for sure. And it reminds me of the days back in the 1900s when I was a student and working at a department store.

I’m thinking your son has a job in retail and of course this is their busy season. The supervisor, who may be all of 20, is probably under orders to have all manpower on deck for the final assault on consumers—assault being the operative word. LOL And what your son is saying may be true. After the holiday, the supervisor may reward those who were there for the final assault with the good hours, etc.

I know this may sound silly, but perhaps your son can get some other worker to take up some of those excess hours he needs to be gone and studying by bribing that person with money equal to say the substitute getting an extra 50% of the hourly wage out of your son’s pocket until Winter Break arrives. (To be politically correct they no longer use that terrible word—CHRISTMAS—at school.) I know that sounds silly but if it makes the boss happy it may be worth it.

Well, I’m sure you have been watching the news reports this evening on the mass shootings at the elementary school. I hate to sound like a fruitcake, which I probably am, but it sounds demonic to shoot little children. Those chubby little hands and front toothless little angels talking to the news folks were heartbreaking. It is apparent that the school mates, who survived, don’t even grasp the evil that befell their school.

I think this one hits me harder because the picture shown on the news of the shooter was from when he was 13, which was the average age of our two couples when we met the SILs when they came to pick up the girls for that first dance. The shooter is dead at 20 which is the average age of our couples. Also the brothers ( our grandsons) with their chubby little fingers are not that much younger than five to ten year olds.

I don’t know what this will do to the country at large, but hubby’s brother (who has four grandkids below 4) called him tonight and said it may be time for gun control. These are brothers who go hunting every year with their dad, sons, and our SILs went this and last year with them. Hubby has never brought ammo home and keeps the guns in a gun safe that only he knows the combination to with a copy of the combination in our safe deposit box at the bank if he is not around to give the numbers. None of the family has pistols or assault rifles.

This morning these twenty-eight families went off to work and school not knowing how the day would end so tragic. Most have Christmas packages at home that are meaningless now. The pictures of the parents finding no child to pick up at the firehouse are beyond comprehension. This is going to be a very very sad CHRISTMAS for these families. I think most of us will think of these families on CHRISTMAS morning. I know I will.

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