Originally posted by mtnshredder
reply to post by ProtoplasmicTraveler
I looked at him as I counted out a 10, 100 dollar bills and said look, your job isn’t worth this much money, they pay you minimum wage, take the
1,000.00 let me in line, quit your job that’s probably 2 months of take home pay right there and go find another one for crying out loud
I wish we had a country full of people like the guy that said No to you. This is one of the biggest problems with America and the rest of the
The truth is we don’t and I think if you do a little investigation you will find that a lot of palms were greased in getting these machines sold and
contracted into airports. Whether it’s lobbyists giving congressmen on select committees all expense paid junkets to golf weekends in Bermuda, or
Government Procurement Office officials bribery has been endemic since the time of Caesar, who he himself would have small fortunes in stolen trinkets
from the Gaul’s thrown into the throngs of people on the street to garner their support against the Senate.
Graft makes the world go round.
Part of what makes it so attractive to so many people who take bribes is because the low wages most people are paid make the extra money a very
Now you might be thinking why a congressman or Senator would need ‘extra’ money, but believe it or not Joe Biden was not known as the poorest man
in the Senate for nothing.
Money is how many people keep score, for others it’s a means to an end, for the poorest of the poor it’s a necessity.
People, some in desperation having to sacrifice their ethics and moral values and being easily bought and conned at the expense of their own quality
This has happened to most people as a cultural construct way before they ever considered or if they ever considered taking a bribe. In our world Cash
is King and the Golden Rule is "He who has the Gold gets to make the rules".
Another example from the life of Proto: One of my first real jobs was at 14 working at a Roy Rogers fast food restaurant as a fried chicken cook. Now
this particular franchise happened to be in SilverSprings MD and happened to be blocks from where the owner famed Hotelier J.W. Marriott lived. So he
would quite frequently stop in the restaurant since it was so close to his home and his church.
The first time he came in when I was working the store manager, district manager and regional manager along with J.W. Marriott walked up to me and
said "Proto this is J.W. Marriott the owner" as J.W. himself stuck out his hand with a great big broad toothy smile to shake mine.
I raised up my right hand and made a dismissive wave with it with a contemptuous look on my face and replied looking at J.W. dead in the eye "Oh the
guy who makes a fortune off of underpaying child labor and making them work in unhealthy and dangerous conditions?" As I turned my back on him I said
"I wouldn't shake his hand for all the tea in China".
The collective managers made excuses for me to minimize the embarassment pointing to my insane productivity (I have always been a very hard and
competent worker and can usually do the work of two or three people) and my 'tempermental' nature.
But when ever J.W. would come to the Restaurant after that the General Manager would insist I hide in the Walk-in Freezer until he left behind boxes
of frozen french fries stacked to the ceiling.
Now I know what you are saying, well if you were willing to tell him to go take a flying leap why did you go along with that, and the truth is the
hostess who I was dating that worked there was so hot, I could use the cooling off from time to time.
Moral: People are taught to sell out and there is almost always something that will get you to sell out even though it might not be money.
You put a dollar amount on what you thought his lively hood was worth to you, with no concern of what it was worth to him and possibly his wife and
kids and you were pissed about it?
I offered the guy the equivalant of 4 weeks take home pay, which in my own humble opinion was dumb to turn down, if the guy hadn't been so rude and
threatened to call the police I would have upped it with an offer of a much better job too. It's called freewill, I have the right to subvert people
to mine, they have a right to cling to theirs, this is how the world works.
What I was putting a dollar amount on was standing in line with 5,000 other people ahead of me, and how much it was worth to me, to not do that.
Did I respect him for turning down the offer? Honestly no, you don't get far in life playing by the rules that are stacked against you.
Then you go find someone else to take advantage of, have them risk their job at 5% of the cost you were willing to give the last guy, so you can go to
the front of the line?
Actually 50.00 for a line cut is a very fair proposition, I think you have likely witnessed people who will attempt such things without paying for the
It's called "Trickle Down Economics"
Now so you might be able to better consider Proto's world, in Proto's world it's patently offensive to line people up like cattle and pack them
into huge establishments all for the sake of big dollars.
That's exactly what mega theatres like Mann's are doing, lining you to herd you, to take your money as you pass, letting you stop by the feeding
trough for a price (the popcorn stand) as you go, and placing you in your stahl (your seat) to be entertained.
Some people like those herd activities I don't but my girlfriend wanted to see the movie that night, and I was feeling indulgent.
The guy who made the fifty dollars probably felt he was taking advantage of me and in a way he was, I was having to pay for 'access' in a convenient
Now how fair is 50.00 for such a service? I once bumped George H.W. Bush Sr. out of his hotel room at the Hotel Chervo in Sardinia (the nicest room in
the hotel) for 50.00!
So no I didn't take advantage of anyone...in fact what I did was display that some people won't sell out, and some people will.
But here is what you don't get, the man who turned down the much more generous bribe had already sold out to a Corporation, for a pittance, that
makes huge profits, treats him poorly, pays him worse, and then will discard them on a whim.
So yeah he sold out too, and this is how the Powers that Be think, and this is why this post is worth reading if you are trying to better understand
how the Powers that Be make the world go round.
They think all of us sell out too cheaply, are too timid, too easily herded, to quick to do anything without questioning, lack ambition and are afraid
to take risks.
They on the other hand don't think that way, which is why they can get some people to line up even to be radiated and electronically stripped
searched, where some people like me wouldn't do that for any price or for anything.
They simply have you trained to their side of the coin, that corporate side of the coin of follow the rules, play by the rules, do what you are told.
Now how happy do you think George Bush was when he stepped out on his tiny little balcony overlooking the Porto Chervo and saw me smiling and waving
on my five level 500 square foot balcony he was supposed to have had?
Money becomes the great equalizer and I frankly will never pass up a chance to embarass someone of that ilk, and I don't care what it costs me,
whether it's making George H.W. Bush look like a second class citizen, or embarassing J.W. Marriott in front of his employees.
I find your post very sad, disturbing, arrogant and shallow, point or no point.
And that's great, everyone is entitled to an opinion, the story has a moral, whether you agree with it or not.
It's pretty simple do you want to stand in line of your own volition and be bombarded with dangerous radiation and treated like a common criminal to
use a service you are paying for and be so stupid as to blame it on Bin Laden or Janet Napolitano, or do you want to man up and admit you are the
person selling out your dignity because you are 'told' by people who sold you out already, because they know you sure aren't going to stand up for
See the whole point of these stories (Proto stories) if is there is a will there is a way, but it all starts with will.
So no it's not Bin Ladens fault, it's not Napolitano's fault, it's not the people who make the machines, sell the machines, or place the machines,
it's the people who walk through them.
Refuse to use them and they are in a bind.
Thanks for posting.