In relatively low priced for a city Chicago it would cover a nice 4 bedroom house in the near suburbs.
I think you're aiming low by 50-100% for Chicagoland prices. Two bedroom, bad neighborhood, in Aurora, you're talking 100k. The only way you're ending up cheaper is with foreclosures of distressed properties. 4 bedroom for $100k... Only if it's a trailer.
Find. Better. Friends.
TLDR: I also have a friend who makes 5-6 times as much as me while doing little work. He complains about wanting more money / easier work / not wanting to have to pay for things all the time.
Nerobro fucked around with this message at Jan 28, 2011 around 16:58
|# ¿ Jan 28, 2011 16:48|
|# ¿ May 22, 2013 18:49|
At AMC, the job I hated the most was the ticket booth. Sure, it's easy to rip the tickets and all that, but have you ever tried standing in the exact same spot, with nothing to lean on, and having to repeat the same lines ("theater X is that way [because you're too loving dumb to find it yourself]") over and over? They might as well just chain me to the drat thing considering you're not supposed to leave the booth at any point unless relieved by someone else (hell, I even left super-quickly for a couple minutes to eat something because I was starving, and they nixed my break that day just because of it). At more than one point, I've been exhausted to the point of falling over because being in that same spot for hours on end really drains you mentally and physically. And during one of these times, when I can barely stand up, one of the supervisors comes up to me and says "You have to smile". gently caress you, get me a goddamn chair to sit on, or a couple extra dollars an hour, then maybe we'll talk about smiling for no good reason.
I'm not sure what to tell you. I sounds like you were just astonishingly bad as a ticket taker. Half of your complaints would be the same for any job that doesn't include a cubicle.
There were some really bad things about working at General Cinema, but it wasn't the "job." Since it wasn't technically retail, I didn't ever post here about it. I would take 10-30,000 tickets per weekend. And would have to manage 2-600 people in one or two lines, and keep them orderly, clean, and usually happy.
The best times at that job were doing crowd control, and entertainment while waiting to load theaters. Taking the tickets was mindless and easy, especially once you got the herd going in the right direction. Standing was just part of the game, you don't get to sit anywhere while working at a theater, unless you're working in the back office.
I think I had seven or eight ways to say "your theater is that way." That was important, changing what you say causes people to think about what they're hearing.
I wasn't a great employee, I wouldn't always tuck in my shirt, I wore (clean) BDU's instead of black dress pants, and never wore black work shoes. But I was very good at what I did.
|# ¿ Feb 9, 2011 06:00|
I did a lot of dancing in place. Not, literal dancing, but rocking, standing on different parts of my feet, wearing thin soled shoes.
There was a lot of walking to be done around the ticket stand. a few steps one way or another, chasing some idiot trying to skip around me, going down to talk to a customer with a question. And some sweeping, depending on how busy it was. I couldn't go far, but there's a lot to do within 15' of your ticket stand.
And then there was the 20 minute lunch and 15 minute break depending on the length of the shift.
The big problem wasn't physical issues. It was mental. Talking to customers and coworkers helped. but on really quiet nights I'd have to be creative. Some weeks I'd time out the videos that were playing. I could tell you when, and what, was going to play down to the second. Or I'd do math, at the time I was converting feet per second to miles per hour. It wasn't pleasant, but knowing how to do long division well is useful.
|# ¿ Feb 9, 2011 06:53|