reply to post by hotbakedtater
Your story reminded me of the time in 1973 in the service I had a powered blue '64 T-Bird. God she was beautiful.
I found a nice bumper sticker in Haight Ashbury. Colourful, which added to the T-Bird words written in scroll font, simply said,
"Bring our Junkies Home!
Referring to the known drug problem in Viet Nam and was clearly a tongue in check protest bumper sticker. I had no troubles on base however every
time I entered the local town I was pulled over by the local Leo's and the Bird including all riders were searched. Fortunately for us each time
(took twice before I grew up and removed the sticker) when a Leo started following us we swallowed our weed so there was nothing found. On the second
pull over the Leo was ex Special Forces and saw my jump ring so we talked about Bragg and a few war stories. He said loose the sticker otherwise I
will have this pullover action every time a Leo spots the sticker.
I removed the sticker then and there on the spot and never was pulled over again in the Bird. God I miss those days, the smoke and my army buddies
the best friends ever....
Back on topic.
How much time are you prepare OP to loose over this issue. Go to work mind your own business go home and enjoy what your hard earned dollars provide
There are other ways to protest the real important issues that are presented here on ATS.
I wonder how many people who advise you to fight ever been in this position.
Having the Retail Clerks Union back Safeway illegal action of not giving my High School job back made me mad, so mad that I went to University. I did
a year of economics and a year of business law among other courses. Both of these courses served me as well as my degree in life. My degree was
worthless when I moved to the UK as I started my own business importing specialists’ computer products from Huntsville Al. Working for myself set
me free from the BS of a boss. Having said that, I was my own worse boss, driven to work long hours. I am now retired although my military hospital
time has caught up with me and I am now disabled I am comfortable and would not be had I continued to just work for the man.
With what I learn at Uni I had a case against the Retail Clerks Union and Safeway. I am glad now I did not know my rights then as I do now. I moved
own (pissed off) and put my time in other jobs and going to Uni. It took 6-drop outs when money was gone as I had no help from parents and lived by
myself, which is expensive in the Bay Area. I found new jobs for a few months to save up and add to what little the GI Bill paid but when I graduated
I had no student loans. Tons of great memories of Uni some jobs that sucked, later in hindsight, had taught me much. I am so glad I did not waste my
life arguing with the likes of Safeway. I did my protest in Uni and now pay the price for that. However those protests were worth doing and did not
work as we now have Iraq Vets Against the War. Nobody listen but the Leos with movie cameras at the protest marches. At least in my soul I know I
tried to make a difference.
To end this story I worked for my NY Company in outside sales in Ca and in 4 year promoted and took over IMHO the best territory of Ca. Marin County
and Napa along with Sonoma Valley as an area before pagers and cell phones. I called on that Safeway and since my company paid them quarterly checks
to display our product the way we wanted it to and not the Safeway managers way! I enjoy enforcing our contract to the letter. There were some
quarters I did not issue their checks and had taken pictures of non compliance more times than I needed to prove my point ergo my back passage was
covered and the Manager - that’s right the one who refused my job back really got it in the back from Safeway head office. He tried to make me an
ex disgruntled employee. However I left my job to volunteer to serve my country received a couple of medals and two Honourable Discharges, which
prove he had no case. My company was so happy with my proformance I was promoted several times therefore there was no issue with them except Safeway
was non compliant therefore for those quarters no checks were issued
The last thing I like to pass on to you mate is this. In LA I was being trained by my company how to fill out our expense account, our call reports
and legalities of our job - I was taught this important lesson, which prove right many times but even better after I was promoted. Simply put;
"Be careful on the way up, the people you meet and how you treat them as you don't know the people you will meet on the way down."
I got my own back on Safeway and it was a pleasure in doing so. What I learnt in college allowed me to move to the UK and start a business in
computers when computers cost £5000 - £10000 each. It was a time when one with a few balls could start a business and end up working as an
independent for the computer trade. BTW I had no computer training in college I was headed for a business major.
If you are going to protest make sure it counts.
Edited as I am not a gifted writer like many on this site and had to correct errors.
[edit on 3/16/2010 by IceHappy]