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, , , , , , , , | Working | December 22, 2022

My first job out of high school was working at a book distribution warehouse. This was back in the early 2000s, when Amazon was still a relatively small company and brick-and-mortar bookstores were still the main place to buy books.

At the beginning of December, we were all told that it was mandatory for everyone to work one Saturday; the warehouse was typically closed on Saturdays. I started at 6:00 am on a Saturday morning with the rest of my department. At 10:00 am, my department was done with all our stuff, so we were all sent over to work in another department, who’d started at 8:00.

By noon, people who’d started at 10:00 were being sent home because they had run out of work. My department was told to stay even though we’d originally been told we’d be there for a six-hour shift, and people who’d been there for much fewer than six hours were already going home. Most of us had not bothered packing lunches, and per company rules, we were not allowed to leave the property during work hours — not that there was anywhere that we would have actually been able to get to, get food, and get back before lunch was over — so we were stuck getting whatever cheap junk we could from the vending machines.

At 2:00, we were told to keep going. At 4:00, we were told to keep going. At 5:00, they brought in some really cheap, low-end pizza for us from who knows where. It wasn’t good, but by that point, those departments that were still there were so tired and hungry that we didn’t care. Finally, at 7:30 at night, after we’d been there for thirteen hours, we were told we could go home, which we happily did.

And to top everything off, the next week, those of us who’d had to work that extra-long shift were all sent home after half an hour of work several times to ensure that none of us would get overtime.

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