View Full Version : I stood at the cash register and cryed (30 year old memories came rushing back)

08-27-2010, 09:41 PM
Oh dear lord... (http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=389x9029986) :D The stories...they just keep coming tonight!!!!!

Omaha Steve http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/images/donor.gif (1000+ posts) Fri Aug-27-10 08:19 PM
Original message I stood at the cash register and cryed (30 year old memories came rushing back)

Most of you know I was fired illegally for union organizing in June 1980: http://www.nlrb.gov/shared_files/Board%20Decisions/261/... (http://www.nlrb.gov/shared_files/Board%20Decisions/261/261-38.pdf)

The next 4 years were the worst years of my life. More on that in a bit.

This afternoon I did something I haven't done in years. I walked into a Starbucks to order something. I told the Barista at the counter I wanted a large iced tea. I then told him I want to make sure my Barista is a union member. You could see I had upset him. He threw his bar towel against the counter and went into the back room. A young black worker came out with the largest smile she could make. She took my order. A few moments later I was at the cash register. As I paid for my tea she politely said in a low voice "thank you for your support". I said "same to you".

I lost it. I remembered in detail being fired at the age of 23 because I wanted a union at my workplace. I had 3 kids to feed. I was black listed. It was 82 when I got my first work after being fired. I worked for 10 weeks as a paid picket in the Hinky Dindy (UFCW) strike. I would not find any work again until late June of 1983. Payroll had some problems. I got my first check for 6 weeks just before Marta went on strike against Ma Bell for 3 weeks. The last unified national strike against AT&T before break up the following first of the year.

Even more drama queen crap at the linky!!!!

08-27-2010, 09:45 PM
This has to be fake. If I'd been working there, I would have just played along to keep the customer happy.

It's good to know that the champions of the people can still afford pricey hipster drinks, though.

08-27-2010, 10:20 PM
doesn't this idiot know that starbucks is a progressive employer that gives loads of benefits etc to their employees?? :rolleyes:

08-27-2010, 10:22 PM
I cry every time I at the check out, no matter what store I'm in.

08-27-2010, 11:21 PM

08-28-2010, 12:39 AM
Steve needs to grow a pair

08-28-2010, 12:59 AM

Is that a clown?? :eek:

08-28-2010, 01:02 AM
Fired in 1980? Grow up, get over it & move on. What a dumbass.