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Old 09-19-2008, 10:07 PM
 
Location: Bechtelsville
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Okay, get this: I'm 17, and a senior in high school. I work at a pizza shop to pay for my clothes, car, car insurance, cell phone etc. Now, there's this guy that I work with who is 26 years old, living in his parents basement, and he always complains that he has to work too much!! I on average work anywhere from 30-40 hours a week. He works about 35. The last two weeks, I worked 47 hours, and went to school every morning too! All he does is go home, and play video games and then he doesn't get much sleep and then comes into work really tired and complains non-stop! I enjoy working kinda, probably because I really like money! Sometimes I even take some of his hours, b/c he doesn't like working.
But, it is very annoying when he complains to me about working too much, when I'm working more than he is, and I'm going to school on top of it, and my grades are actually good. My parents are afraid that my grades are gonna drop b/c I work so much, but they won't, and I've gotta pay off my car quick, then start saving for college! I'm not afraid of a little hard work, so that I can get a little head start in life. I don't want to be living at home when I'm 26.
Back to the whole point of this, I want to politely tell him that I hate it when he complains to me about working, b/c I just have absolutely NO respect for lazy people! How would I say that nicely the next time that he starts complaining?
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Old 09-19-2008, 10:39 PM
 
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You are still young

How many years have you worked?

Your feelings will change in the future, be sure of that

For you working at a pizzeria is cool, it was for me when I did at your age

Now I would never work at a pizzeria unless I owned it

What you have right now is good enough, but in the future it will not be

You may find yourself in his shoes
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Old 09-19-2008, 10:49 PM
 
Location: Bechtelsville
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I've been working there for over two years, and I plan on going to college and getting a real job where I can make lots of money! haha If I ever get into a rut like him, I will dig, claw, and scratch my way out!! I will do anything and everything that I can so that I can get back on my feet as soon as possible! I don't like to depend on people. Not even my parents.
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Old 09-19-2008, 10:56 PM
 
Location: Way up north :-)
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61-OH, congratulations, I think you sound like a very level-headed responsible person. Not many people (especially at 17) have your focus and discipline - I know I didn't, and still don't, really. Your folks should be proud of you! Good luck, and best wishes for your future aspirations!
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Old 09-19-2008, 11:11 PM
 
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just wait until you have to look for a real job (ie. something that is a career and not some dead end job). It is hell. Especially in this market. I've been applying EVERYWHERE for jobs specific to my major and nothing is coming up. I am just going to keep sending up resumes and applying until something comes up. Everyone wants experience!!!!!!! grr.!!!!!

I still have my dead end part time job and after looking for another job it really rips apart things you took for granted (ie. that you can apply at a 8-9/hr job and get it easily). These days, people are even fighting for those jobs! Don't ever quit your job until you have another one lined up. It'll be the biggest mistake you make.
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Old 09-19-2008, 11:51 PM
 
Location: Idyllwild, CA
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61- OH If he starts complaining again, be direct and tell him you don't want to hear it. Directness is the best way, but you don't have to be mean about it...Speaking of mean, LOTS of people have crap jobs and are treated badly at work, so you'll get some negative replies. For a 17 year old, you have a great attitude. Cool to hear you want to make lots of money, and one thing about that, it's very hard to make LOTS of $$. The best thing I can tell you is to be smart with the money you make. Put some aside for later in life when you'll want to retire, and for savings along the way. Find a job you'll enjoy! So much time is spent at work, you may as well find a place you'll be happy to be at. One more thing...you'll ALWAYS work with people who are complainers, or are difficult to work with. Deal with them in a direct way. Good luck to you.
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Old 09-20-2008, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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You pay for your clothes, car, cell-phone, and college. Please marry our daughter! In the meantime, as Greg mgm said, you'll always work with complainers. But, some think that you don't have a real job yet? On the contrary. One of my friends worked at McDonald's restraunt, doing what I though was menial. She now has a company car, all expenses paid, and makes a ton of money. If you're the best at what you do, you will always succeed, regardless. Don't concern yourself with those you pass on the way up the ladder. Be nice, but this is not "no child left behind".
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Old 09-20-2008, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood, DE and beautiful SXM!
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At the age of 17, you are to be congratulated for having a life plan. Of course, when life happens, plans can change. I hope everything continues to go well for you. Your co-worker, on the other hand, may be jealous of your success. You are everything that he is not. You have a plan and he doesn't. You are going to college after graduation, he did not go to college. He lives at home with the parents, and you plan to go out on your own. You might tell him that you enjoy working there and really don't like hearing complaints; and that if he is so unhappy, he needs to make a change in his life. I would let him know that you will no longer listen to him and then just walk away or turn your back on him when the complaints begin.
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Old 09-20-2008, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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I'm just a little older than you are--when I got my first job, you hadn't been born yet. And I can tell you two things: one, we're on the same page. Listening to coworkers spend most of their time complaining is about as bad as things get (and I have no problem telling them how little I want to listen to the whining. If it's as bad as they say, they should find a job somewhere else). Two, brace yourself. You're going to hear that for a long, long time...no matter what job situation you find yourself in.
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Old 09-20-2008, 09:30 AM
 
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I've been working there for over two years, and I plan on going to college and getting a real job where I can make lots of money! haha If I ever get into a rut like him, I will dig, claw, and scratch my way out!! I will do anything and everything that I can so that I can get back on my feet as soon as possible! I don't like to depend on people. Not even my parents.
being young and ignorant is bliss
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