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Old 03-29-2016, 11:52 PM
 
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To OP:

You forgot when you were a kid, eating was overrated?

When I was little, I could stare at my lunch for 3 hours nonstop.
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Old 03-30-2016, 08:10 AM
 
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I'm Asian and don't understand why in America companies don't realize a well feed and rested worker equals a better worker. I am a post office carrier ( I call it a starvation job) It is so physical at times and I burn a ton of calories. I get a half hr lunch either brown bagging it with lousy cold sandwiches or junk food whenever I can get on the route. Most of the time I have no time to take a half hr cause of the route and eat with dirty hands and wolf it down someplace.

This makes me able to work less fast later in the day. But If I drive to eat a healthy meal, fresh cooked food I would get in trouble cause my scanner is followed by GPS by mgt.

Thats why I am only doing letter carrier for one year and I am quitting I can't take eating daily lunches at 7-11 or at Shell. I hate overnight food.

Meanwhile in Asia they eat very well at lunch and know the body needs food to do better at work especially hard outdoor jobs. Its not frowned upon my bosses to EAT! You should see what they do in my native China at lunch, they eat very compared to American workers. Maybe Google or Microsoft have good food but how many are smart enough to work there?

Thats about the only thing I don't get about American culture and why lunchtime is frowned upon. Some places don't even want to let you eat.

Whats it like in Mexico? Do they really have a siesta time? I am thinking of working with a Mexican crew of workers. I use to see them all the time chilling at lunch at the taco trucks and envy them.

Hey America wake up you are burning workers out. Let them eat a lunch in peace like other countries.
Don't they also work 10-12 hour days?
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Old 03-30-2016, 01:45 PM
 
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China used to have VERY long lunch breaks. When I was a child it was 3 hours. So I went home to eat, took a nap and then went to school again.
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Old 04-04-2016, 01:47 AM
 
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Move to Latin European or Latin American countries where they value lunch as the most important meal of the day. And lunch breaks are super long.
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Old 04-06-2016, 10:48 AM
 
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I go 8-12 hours at work without eating sometimes. I can't eat a heavy meal while working, it will slow me down..but I also understand that you need to eat to feed your body and mind.
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Old 04-12-2016, 12:39 PM
 
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Why don't you ask if you can get an hour lunch, just work 30 minutes longer each day... some companies will do it. I always thought all Federal employees got a 1 hour lunch break.

Not sure where in Asia you are from, but I know from firsthand experience a lot of places in China only do 30 minute lunches. Most people take food with them to work and eat in cafeterias, oh and they make $3/hr, while working 60 hours a week, with no overtime or benefits.
No, most jobs, including low level jobs in China offers 1 hour lunch.


$3/hr translate into RMB 18/h, or $RMB3200 per month on a 8 hour/22 day basis. That's not too bad for unskilled jobs in most Chinese cities at all.


Just so you know an OK quick hot lunch in most Chinese cities (not Shanghai or Beijing) costs $1-2. Is the minimum wage in America enough to buy 2 or 3 subway sandwiches?
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Old 04-12-2016, 12:41 PM
 
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China used to have VERY long lunch breaks. When I was a child it was 3 hours. So I went home to eat, took a nap and then went to school again.
in smaller cities it still works like that, especially in the summer.
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Old 04-12-2016, 12:43 PM
 
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Don't they also work 10-12 hour days?
depending on what type of jobs. While I was working as a financial analyst in Shanghai, 95% of the time I worked no more than 8 hours a day. In some profession it is considerably long, but it is not like in the US everyone goes home at 5 pm. I know plenty of friends in the US who put up with long hours, including weekends on a regular basis.
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Old 04-12-2016, 02:08 PM
 
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The postal service can not allow carriers to work over by 30 minutes. They have deadlines to meet.
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