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The problem with working in a tiny office is that there is virtually no privacy, unless you are one of the few who has an actual office. If you are chatting with a co-worker, everyone hears it.

The guy who works on the other side of the 'wall' from me is one of those dry humour, cast everything in a humourous but negative light type of guys. He can be really funny, but he also comes across as pretty bitter. This morning I heard him talking to the French Lady in the office about daycare costs and I was about *this* close to jumping over the wall and smacking him upside the head.

So BitterGuy is telling FrenchLady that she's paying $1000/mo in daycare costs to subsidize the low income people who can't afford to pay the full amount; furthermore, he's stating that if it weren't for all the low income people needing subsidy, daycare costs wouldn't be so high, that she is essentially subsidizing all the low income people.

He didn't use the words 'freeloaders' or 'deadbeats' or 'welfare bums' but he might as well have. The attitude and opinions he had about the 'low income' people were loud and clear.

Well, I was proud of FL when her response to his supposition (WHICH IS A CROCK OF SHIT BTW) when her response was, "Well, thank God there is something in place for the people who can't afford it!"

He sounded shocked when he started arguing no, they shouldn't subsidize all the low income people, that's why it's so expensive. Then he went on to state that for older kids, before and after school care is a joke - all the day care provider has to do is pick up a few kids from school and they're laughing all the way to the bank, hey what and easy job...

Oh. My. God.

First of all, only someone who has never had to be responsible for the well being of groups of young children would call it easy. Only someone who didn't care one whit about the kids would do it for easy money, and their daycare, be it licensed or in-home family unlicensed care, would not last long. Parents NOTICE when their kids are being neglected or ignored by daycare workers because the KIDS COMPLAIN and CRY and DON'T WANT TO GO! I've worked in a group childcare setting, and it's a lot of running back and forth, cleaning, managing children and tempers - it's not all snacks and nap times. And for the older school age kids, it's worse cuz you have to manage the mean kids along with the vulnerable kids and the special needs kids and... yeah. *SO* not the easy, laugh your way to the bank kind of job.

Having BEEN one of the subsidized daycare people, I was so very offended by BG's attitude. Also, my subsidy was not provided by the daycare fees other parents paid, but by the Ministry of Children and Families of BC, part of our social service safety net, paid for by the taxes of all people in BC, including myself. It wasn't the other parents that could afford to pay full - the daycare costs are what they are. They need X dollars per child to rent space, pay staff, buy snacks and toys, clean things. If what he was saying was true, your daycare costs would go up and down according to how many subsidized children there were in the daycare at any given time.

BAH! Idiot.

And the attitude that there shouldn't be daycare subsidy - for how many years have women been fighting for a universal daycare program, and we still don't have it here in 2010, and there are still THROWBACKS with this fucking ATTITUDE problem about 'low income' (insert slur of choice here) people. Clearly single moms and dads, poor families, people on welfare or who have disabilities, we are all leeches who benefit off the smart, perfect, well educated, accomplished together people.

Oh, how much I want to walk over there and smack him across his young, self-assured, smirky and Oh-SO-Fucking WRONG face...

He has a girl-friend who is a single mom with kids. When I hear him talk like this, I wonder why he's with her, because he sure sounds like he can't possibly have any respect for her.

I still like where I work, but, unfortunately, no matter where you go, there are always a few dumb asses. It's sad really, because he is mostly likable. It's just, at the moment, he's got a whole lot of McKay's less endearing qualities with none of his saving graces.

And there we have it - proof that I am incapable of thinking about *anything* without working in an SGA reference.


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Mar. 16th, 2010 10:54 pm (UTC)
I used to work in a day care center. Staffing, rent and liability insurance are the major costs of day care, and staffing is specifically related to child age. When I was doing it we had a 1 caregiver: 10 child ratio for our age range, but a nearby daycare that took younger children had a 1:5 ratio (for toddlers) and 1:2 (for babies). Why yes, childcare for younger children cost 2 to 5 times as much --- it's almost like they cost more to care for or something. [/sarcasm]
Mar. 17th, 2010 03:08 am (UTC)

People who are ignorant are sometimes really ignorant and morons to boot.

Young children are always going to be more expensive for daycare - they are more labour intensive to care for. S'why I think North America would do well to look at some of the European countries and the way they deal with childcare issues and unemployment benefits for new parents, but that's a whole 'nother rant altogether.
Mar. 16th, 2010 11:10 pm (UTC)
I bet this guy thinks teachers are all overpaid. (And I, a teacher, will laugh.)

I wonder if the girlfriend with kids stays a girlfriend because of little bon mot bombs like these.
Mar. 17th, 2010 12:09 am (UTC)
And I, the son of a teacher, will not laugh. It was because of people like that that my dad persuaded me to become a lawyer and get more respect and affection from the general public than teachers get.

I will, however, out of respect to Cindy, manage to restrain myself from clocking the feep who probably thinks education is elitist and kind of gay.
Mar. 17th, 2010 03:14 am (UTC)

You could do one better than clocking the feep. You could write a song...
Mar. 17th, 2010 03:13 am (UTC)
Y'know, so far the teacher topic hasn't come up, but I betcha...

There seems to be a lot of resentment toward groups like teachers and nurses - the ubiquitous "they" who have it made in the shade, and when they dare ask for, oh I don't know, fair wages and benefits, recognition of the amount of work that they have to do, a cost of living raise now and then - Joe blow public with a stick up his ass has a cow.

Of course, I think the teacher and especially nurse situation in Canada is a little different than it is in the US, but the general issue is the same. People who are ignorant presume to make judgments based on flawed suppositions, preconceived notions and incomplete information.

Why yes, I have a whole bucket of clue-by-fours. Here's one for you! Let's play Whack-a-MoleMoron...
Mar. 17th, 2010 12:27 am (UTC)

Wow. Although, I had to administer a gentle verbal reprimand to my family this weekend because of some comments on those in public housing. I hate it when people show their ignorance. It's annoying.
Mar. 17th, 2010 03:15 am (UTC)
I hate it when people show their ignorance. It's annoying.

ZOMG yes. YESYESYES. I just wanna smack him and say OMG SHUT UP!
Mar. 17th, 2010 03:18 am (UTC)
Few things make me more insane than that kind of attitude. I cannot think of a better subsidy to enable a low income parent to be able to go out and hold a job which, one hopes, will lead to increased job skills, more pay, and an eventual rise from poverty, or to attend school to learn the skills that will lead to a job that will help them rise from poverty. How is a low-income person supposed to better their economic situation if they cannot pay for child care and cannot get child care assistance?

This is a guy who probably has never had to worry overmuch about paying his bills or who will care for his kids. What. An. Asshole.
Mar. 17th, 2010 05:22 am (UTC)
What an idiot. Zap the cat thwaps him.
Mar. 18th, 2010 04:59 am (UTC)
Oh joy. It sounds like tea is crossing the boarder.
Mar. 19th, 2010 07:36 pm (UTC)
I don't have children, I never intend to have children, I don't ever intend to work with children. That said, I babysat, I was a camp councilor, kids are hard. The younger they are the more attention they need.

In my city, our property taxes are higher then some of the surrounding cities, but we also have some of the best schools. I will never have a child in the school system, but that doesn't mean I don't think that children should get the best possible opportunities, no matter what their socioeconomically standings.
Mar. 20th, 2010 03:35 am (UTC)
If this fellow has some humanity to him, it might be an opportunity for some consciousness raising. I know Tom spent many years having his lunch hour with welders and other random people and took the opportunity to be thought provoking. You never know what influence you might have. If. . . If you sense there is a tiny crack in his armour, as Cohen says, that's how the light gets in.
Mar. 20th, 2010 05:16 am (UTC)
Ugh its people like him who make me doubt humanity. just ugh.
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