Monday, September 28, 2009

Youth aren't worth as much as you, even legal adults.

ACCORDING to the federal government, legal adults 20 years and under are not worth as much as someone 20+ for the first 90 days of employment, legally and rather offensively.

For SOME reason the age of adulthood, the age of REASON, is never really attained until you're like 50 or something with a couple thousand in the bank and 2 or 3 kids and a well paying job. Oh no I kid you not, this is the picture of "adulthood" that is slowly appearing in my mind as I read all the rules and regulations against people, just because the number attached to their name isn't enough... or is... as sometimes is the case... too much (think sex).

Returning to the point, the law says... and I quote:

"A minimum wage of not less than $4.25 may be paid to employees under the age of 20 for their first 90 days of employment with any employer as long as their work does not displace other workers. After 90 days of employment, or when the worker reaches age 20 (whichever comes first), the worker must receive at least the federal minimum wage."

There are two clauses in the first sentence (the only 2 clauses) that need to be noted. The first of which is obviously the clause that says someone under 20 is worth a measly $4.25/hr for the first 3 months even though the federal minimum wage demands that employees be paid.... THE FEDERAL MINIMUM WAGE... and $4.25/hr is very much not the federal minimum wage. Before I inquire as to reasons for this... I won't... I won't inquire because we all know the reason for this... a blind person could see why this is way that this is...


1st reason:

Old people (20+ is the effective age of majority for THIS law) don't want to lose their jobs to ANYONE for ANY REASON (yes, even if they're stronger, better, faster... oh and smarter too) so they must do something to discourage their potential "displacement" (i.e. they get their old, miserable asses out the door and make way for new, younger, healthier, better looking young people). In short, they don't WANT under 20 year olds to work.... AT ALL. You can't do SHIT with $4.25/hr! SHIT!!! That's like 2 trips on a bus... to get to work and get home! It's criminal and thus is one more thing on my list to be fixed (which may or may not ever happen).

2nd reason:

"..with any employer as long as their work does not displace other workers"

WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT SUPPOSED TO MEAN? No, it doesn't define it, it just says it. So long as their work does not displace other workers? So if it does does that mean they are to be paid full minimum wage? I don't know BECAUSE IT DOESN'T SAY. Does it mean they'll not be hired/fired... I don't know.... BECAUSE IT DOESN'T SAY.

Oh yeah, the real second reason.... people in charge are assholes.... ASSHOLES.

And you can quote me on that! ;)

(P.S. here's the link to the offensive law: here)

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