reply to post by Republican08
You have admitted to making assumptions about me...wrongly, but hey it doesn't matter. This shows me that your judgement is...off kilter, so i'll
try to clarify things for you, to help you to understand my views a little better.
Protest DO draw attention to a cause, but only if the MSM covers it properly and without bias, which sadly is lacking these days.
Protest DO NOT however, change much at all in society.
As an example, before Iraq II, MILLIONS of Britons marched on the streets of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland..as did much of Europe...to what
While the protests did receive MSM coverage, the millions of people marching (in Great Britain alone) had zero effect on the plans for the second Iraq
invasion, nothing changed, upwards of 1.5 million people are now dead, and the war continues six years later.
If protesting in this situation has had no effect, do you think protesting over extortionate parking fines will?
Why would the employee be pissed off at counting the pennies? Are you suggesting they do no work throughout the day or are lazy in some way?
What difference is it to them, if they are paid their hourly rate for parking cars, issuing tickets, or counting change? It's all part of their job
description, and ultimately they are not losing or benefiting from having to spend more of their workday counting change. They still get their wages
for doing what is already in their job descriptions, and hence part of their jobs.
The aim here is NOT to piss off the employees directly, as you say they only care about their paychecks, if not for wages, would they do the job for
love? No, of course not. Their paychecks, their primary reason for doing the job is unaffected.
The aim here is to piss off the company owners. To make it harder for them. To get them where it hurts - the bank account. They do it to you, it's
only right you do it right back to them.
Your mcdonalds analogy isn't a good one. For a start, you get your food before you pay (no spitting involved), and two, Mc Donalds doesn't fine you
massively disproportionately, for not eating their food.
While it is possible to pay with 5000 pennies, why would you want to...unless they have stitched you up in some way. Like, oh...charging an enormous
fine or lose your car! (and possibly your job too)
So you feel people should just forget making a stand about anything, accept what they are told to do like good little minions?
Have you forgotten that these people are no better or worse than you are?
Why would you submit without question to anyone, let alone a rip off merchant trying to hurt you and your family financially?
If that's your credo, fair enough..it takes all sorts to make the world, but it's not for me or mine thank you.
I agree, the company may initially react to everyone and his or her dog, paying with change, by either trying to increase the rate at which people are
plundered, or even raise the fines to compensate for lost work hours, but as you rightly point out, this would serve to highlight the issue of what
amounts to daylight robbery in the minds of the public, who just like these companies, hate being parted from their money.
This would be a far better way of raising the issue, as people will react far more strongly to losing more money, than they will to losing a point of
Are there any other options the company could take, other than raising fines or productivity? Yes, plenty.
They could install change counting machines, 8,800 pennies would be counted in a matter of seconds. Employees are still unaffected, but the company
still loses out, by having to hire or buy and service the machines. A smaller win for the motorist, but still a good way to make a point.
For your information, and with respect to the actual workers, working as a counter jockey and towing away cars is not a profession. It's a job of
work. It's not a calling. And frankly, if someone tried to rip me off for a LOT of hard earned money, the last consideration for me would be whether
or not the employee counting the money is happy in his or her work or not. If they don't enjoy it, do something else, they only have one life to live
the same as all of us.
My main motivation, the same i suspect as the guy were talking about here, would be to win a victory of principle over the company charging me hugely
disproportionate amounts of money for a parking misdemeanor.
If parking fines and such were really intended to ease congestion instead of making a few individuals very wealthy at the expense of the ordinary
driver and their families, many, many more cheap parking spaces would be available..they're not. The fines are a money making exercise, for the
companies involved and the county. It's extortion, plain and simple and it happens all over the developed world, and it has to be fought.
Is that any clearer for you? Or do you still not understand where i'm coming from?
Not that you have to agree of course, just understanding my view will suffice.