If this is journalism, I’m glad people think I’m just “some guy” and not a journalist.

I’m not saying the company, who I can’t mention for obvious reasons, is the best place in the world to work, but this story is so one-sided.

Questions that I would like answered (note: many of them are answered in the story’s comment thread):

Do workers know the hours expected of them? Come on it’s Christmas. Who in retail isn’t working like a dog? In this economy any of us will be lucky to have a job in a few months. If you’re getting paid overtime, best be padding that savings account why you can.

What benefits does the company provide? In the comment thread there is something about a wellness center.

How many miles does a mail carrier walk per day? Why aren’t you writing exposes about them?

I’m not coming to the defense of this company, I’m just insulted by this story and how the reports of the story have led to the loose use of “sweatshop.”

You know what? There are people that actually work in sweatshops – hot, dangerous places of employment, where their basic human rights are compromised. Comparing a job for this company to theirs is bad journalism, but media outlets are doing it here and here because it’s sexy. I believe that stories such as this are harmful to workers rights because they lead to companies becoming less transparent and more paranoid.

But hey, I guess it’s a bad economy for newspapers, too, maybe this story will help them sell a few.

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Eva says:

Hmph. I’d be curious to know how dissimilar that “14 miles a day” is from any number of mobile factory floor workers — or waitresses for that matter. Anything can seem awful, framed a certain way and out of context.

You know, in high school I had to ask permission to go to the bathroom, and I got marks off my final grade if I took too many sick days, even if I had a doctor’s note. Wasn’t fun, but doesn’t make my high school a sweatshop, either.

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