Originally posted by Raist
reply to post by nenothtu
I do agree that the random pat down is bad. I would rather it go away completely but the random part is the most irritating in my eyes. Again, maybe
not against my principles but certainly an annoyance. I think only those who raise certain flags should get that sort of thing and the training needs
to be increased tenfold at that.
Agreed, and that's all I'm really trying to say about that. The random
factor is what makes it unconstitutional, and just plain wrong. When
people raise the flags, they SHOULD get the treatment, and almost always have it coming.
I've got no problem at all with searching them for cause
As for the rest I cannot personally just up and leave a known income without another to fall on. I have a home that I need to pay for and I also need
transportation as well. I am not saying you do not just that personally I see I need to stay at the very least close to where I am for my family. That
is my comfort zone and I am sure many others have that same thing.
I can understand that. I just have a different perspective, from a different place, probably in an entirely different comfort zone. I don't have a
home to pay for - never got myself locked in to that sort of thing, nor rent. I avoid most all forms of credit like the plague. It's a personal thing
- I just don't want to put myself into a position where I'm beholden to any one. Likewise, I don't have the same form of transportation problems
that you would likely encounter. I gave my driver's license back to the state several years ago, and told them I didn't want it any more. When my
transportation means is down, I just find an alternate, which usually involves walking. I understand that's not for everyone, though. The job I quit
with G4S/Wackenhut, I occasionally walked as much as 16 miles each way to get to when all else failed - but I got to it. It's not beyond my ken that
most folks would just give in, turn on the TV, and not even start out, though.
No, it's not an easy way to live, but I do whatever is within my power to do the right thing as I see it. My current job is about 12 miles away,
which I can make in around 3 or 4 hours if I have to go that route. Calling out is not an option to me, since I agreed to work when they agreed to pay
me. It's a matter of keeping my word to me.
That is the perspective I come from when it appears that I have little sympathy for people who will do anything "just to keep a job". I'll go to
great lengths, but I won't compromise my own set of principles. That's TOO great a length to me.
I have been in a situation where I suddenly lost my income and it was most worrisome to me because of the timing and it was the only time I have ever
had that happen. That was at a time when jobs came easier though and I was only away from income for a month at most. I have to do my best now to try
and make sure that does not happen again.
I've been in that situation as well, and you're right, it IS a downright worrisome feeling, to put it mildly. I didn't like the feeling at all, but
I'd do it again in a heartbeat before I'd let my kids watch my soul being crushed. Now, the fact is, sudden job loss like you mention rarely ever
results from soul-crushing attempts, since "quit" and "surprise job loss" aren't compatible. One should ALWAYS know if they are about to quit a
job, so it's not a "surprise", but sometimes it does have to be done before safety net is in place.
Like when an employer puts new rules in place for immediate implementation which have you doing things you never agreed to do,and which you find
wrong. Thankfully, I've only ran into that situation once.
The "sudden job loss" events (like, for example, a sudden corporate "downsizing") are just as problematic in regards to the safety net issue, but
don't have you second-guessing your own motivations. They ARE pretty darn harsh, but it's easier to hit the ground running after one.
In any event, it seems to me that our main differences here stem from living in different comfort zones. Mine excludes me from compromising my own
principles just to keep a job - even for a little bit. That would be outside my own comfort zone. On the other hand, it sometimes has me doing things
that "normal" folks would find just as unfathomable as I find that to be. Not necessarily to keep a job (that's more incidental, I reckon) but to
keep my word concerning that job.
No, I'm not pulling your leg about any of the above. There are folks around who can verify that I really AM that sort of crazy.