gra-tu-i-tous |grəˈt(y)oōitəs|
{ORIGIN mid 17th cent.: from Latin gratuitus ‘given freely,spontaneous’}
1. uncalled for; lacking good reason; unwarranted : gratuitous violence.2. given or done free of charge : gratuitous advice.
vi-o-let |ˈvī(ə)lət|{ORIGIN Middle English : from Old French violette} adjective:
1. a bluish-purple color seen at the end of the spectrum opposite red.
2. a herbaceous plant of temperate regions, typically having purple, blue,or white five-petaled flowers, one of which forms a landing pad for pollinating insects. Genus Viola, family Violaceae.
3. ME.

Friday, December 17, 2010

t'was the week before claire-mas.....

i said i wanted to leave my daily gig before the end of this year- the latest.

yesterday, i was fired... [pheeeeewwww.]
for the second time in my life as an employee.

the first time was when i was 18;
i gave a senior discount to an 86 year old woman... on a few sale items.
the conglomerate department store "lost" like 3 bucks- at most.
so much for appreciating our elders.

so, my bitter greedy boss lost a whole buck- which she demanded i retrieve from the woman who "underpaid" for a mere 8 oz cup of soup... served without bread.

regardless of the interstices about our different point of view or subsequent altercation, it's truly a blessing in no disguise.
fuck her.

so as an act of clearing the air (if only in my world-) here's a retort to her redundant psycho-babblings and finger-pointing rant(s):

dearest claire,
thank you so much for the last year of employ. on occasion it helped me pay most of my rent and none of my other bills. and thanks for cutting my hours back when i asked for more, especially after i reluctantly told you i was struggling financially. and, after i was promised more work-  thanks for giving my lost hours to the kids who still live at home and are supported by their parents. i am sure they really need the cash a whole lot more than an independent adult with responsibilities. like for shopping. and getting drunk with. that stuff's not cheap you know.
thanks a bunch for doing away with tipping- especially for the sole serving/delivery person du jour. acting as a prep person and as waitress is an easy, rewarding job, and does not- ever- warrant tip money as thanks for a job well done. it's overly thoughtful of you to "donate" the cash that people would otherwise tip with to the charity of your choice- in your name. you deserve the tax write-off, and your staff should feel good that they are a part of an infrastructure that is superior to the archaic ways of tipping.
thank you too, for the brave passion enough to reprimand me on a myriad of occasions in front of the customers, it showed them who has the control, and the upper hand. it gave them that warm cozy feeling, i am sure of it. after all, you owe it to the public to be an example of how to run a tight ship. fear always works best to keep the staff in line. pitting people against one another works well too. i found that people do exactly what you want them to do when they think they will get fired at any moment. oh- thanks for making an example of me in lieu of the prior mentioned tactic. your business will definitely run smoother while you are gone on vacation, i am sure of it. 
thanks too, for offering an entire menu {wink-wink} of wholesome, organic foods. your secret is safe with me. i'd never tell the public that less than half of it is... at most. even if they believe they aren't eating pesticides, bleach, and chemicals. what they don't know won't hurt them, after all, as a nurse you'd understand that, right? even if, the last time you were a practicing nurse, doctors told pregnant women it was perfectly fine to smoke and drink alcohol. (ride that by-line as long as you can. it only adds credibility to your brand.) 
so, in closure, i would love most- to thank you for being a selfless giving person. it's wonderful to be reminded, often, that there are people such as yourself, helping the community at large. you should always tell people how generously you give of your time and money. in telling them, maybe they too will act in kind, and even follow by golden example, of just how good a human being can be.
so, regardless of the fact that my job was terminated a week before christmas, i thank you saint claire, for deepening my sense of self. showing me, that doing what's right is always a concrete and scripted thing. thinking for one's own is a bygone act of rebellion, and charging people only for what they get, and not a dollar more, is a bad thing. may class ring true, and people know their place in the world this holiday season. bless us, every one.
except me.


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