nothing more special in a teen's life than
their first job.
out in the sticks of northern Michigan, mine
was working on a cherry farm. I would water
trees on a water truck and sort cherries in
the farm market. The place smelled delicious
with its bakery and was always packed in the
summertime with fudgies buying them by the
truckload it seems.
If you lived
in the city, chances were that your first job
was probably flipping burgers or... working at
a movie theater. Well, one chain has decided
to wipe away the dreams for a lot of youth.
first of the year, Goodrich Quality Theaters
raised the minimum age to work there to 18. As
a result, all of their 16 year-old employees
were fired and 17-year-olds will be fired in
June. Allegedly, the reason for GQT firing
their teenage workers is because there's a
negativity regarding teens selling popcorn and
drinks, something they've done for
with over 10,000 signatures asking
GQT owner Bob Goodrich to reinstate teens. Not
only that, some have even filed complaints
with the State of Michigan, claiming
that what Goodrich did was age
Goodrich is a Democrat and yet he
discriminates teens. OK, so what if he were to
fire people because they were black? To me,
it's the same thing. I'll betcha that many of
the teens fired from GQT were all hard workers
who did what they were told.
But, this is
Bob Goodrich we're talking about here. The
same asshole who owns a radio station in Grand
Rapids that claims they are a 501(c)(3)
organization, even though they're not, plus
the fact that they ask people to donate to
that station. The same asshole who fired that
station's most-popular host simply because he
refused to support Hillary Clinton in the 2016
election due to what the Democratic National
Committee did to Bernie Sanders. The same
asshole who put another asshole on a pedestal
at that same station who ran down another
radio station in town so badly that the owners
packed up and moved that station to Chicago.
Oh, and don't get me started on the hosts whom
he all fired. Hell, I even matched with one of
his former hosts on a dating site who called
him an idiot who thinks he's a genius.
Goodrich is a miserable old man who never
married and never had kids. The only good
thing that he has going for him are the
theaters he owns that have no real
competition, like Cadillac. Hell, his
operations are in Grand Rapids and he has no
theaters here! The nearest location to GR is
the ultra-crappy Ada-Lowell 5, a cinema that
has no stadium seating. Simply put, he's
allowed his longtime competitors, the Loeks
family and their Celebration!/StudioC! Cinemas
to kick his scrawny ass.
Martin Luther King Day, we need to stand in
solidarity with the teens fired from Goodrich
Quality Theaters. Yes, they're awkward, but
you can't be good at something until you try,
try again. Hell, I'll admit, I'm a fan of
Meijer's Shop and Scan feature on their app.
Why? Because one time, I stood in line for I
think 30 minutes because their black, senile
cashier had a hard time with his cash
register. Yes, old people can fuck up badly,
maybe even worse than teens who can process
newfangled technology better than old
Part of the
reason why I stand with the GQT teens is
because I too, was a teenager once. When I
turned 16, the farm market I worked at was
sold because of tax reasons and I had to find
a new job. Because I lived in a fairly rural
part of northern Michigan, my choices of
employment were slim pickins. I ended up
working as a dishwasher at a popular
restaurant near Traverse City. Things were
cool until they ended up hiring a middle aged
asshole who was accused of child molestation
to work with us high school-aged dishwashers.
I was pissed. Needless to say, you told him to
do something and he wouldn't do it. He
thankfully quit not long afterward, but a few
years later, he ended up going to prison for
two years for molesting a young boy. He was -
and still is today - the worst person I've
ever worked with. I should have gone someplace
else when they hired him since it's fucking
stupid to hire a pedophile to work with teens.
But then again, the owner's son - who was in
his mid-20s - was dating a girl whom I was
going to school with, and she was 14.
You see, at
my current workplace, we have a lot of
turnover in one of my departments. It's a
grueling job. Too many times, we've had to
deal with temp workers who were lazy, slow and
most of the time, didn't even show up. A few
weeks ago when our last helper quit, one of my
coworkers brought in her son to help us out.
He was a very hard worker and didn't
disappoint. And guess what? HE'S 16!
The point is,
is that Bob Goodrich is very ageist and very
miserable. I think part of it is due to him
getting owned by Justin Amash when he ran for
Congress several years ago. True, I'm no Amash
fan. He's anti-women's rights,
anti-healthcare and even refused to vote in
favor of creating a suicide prevention
hotline. But look at it this way: he switched
political parties because he was one of the
first Republicans to call for Drumpf's
impeachment. Goodrich, on the other hand was
part of the movement to get Drumpf elected
simply because he supported Hillary Clinton
and has long been an asskisser to the
simply one of those people who calls himself a
Democrat, but has some very anti-Democratic
ideas. Firing teens from his company was one
of them. Putting money over people is another.
Since he's pushing 80, only time will tell how
long before he sells his theater chain and
sole radio station. With the poor reputation
he's leaving behind, the next owner will be
that person in a parade who stands behind the
elephants with a broom and trashcan.
Benson and Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductee
Whitney Houston once sang, "I believe the
children are our future, teach them well, and
let them lead the way."
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