The time our kids finally get a job, as parents, we feel happy and proud of them. Although this dad in our story did feel happy at first, what her teenage daughter brings after work makes him furious.
A dad has revealed the “ridiculous” letter his daughter received on the first day of work which included some rather unusual office rules.
The letter included a list of 11 rules for the young woman to “understand” her place in her new workplace in New Zealand – and the world in general. But instead of basic guidelines for her new job, the “rules” were aimed at talking down to young people.
With this, the infuriated dad posted the list of rules his daughter received from her new employer. Posting under the handle @essjax on Twitter, the irate father shared a snap of the rules with a little background information.
“My kid recently left her job at a local retailer (which employs mostly 16-year-olds to pay well under minimum wage),” he began.
Rule 1: Life is not fair – get used to it!
Rule 2: The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something before you feel good about yourself.
Rule 3: You will not make $60,000.00 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice-president with a car and a phone until you earn both.
Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.
Rule 5: Flipping burgers is beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: They called it opportunity.
Rule 6: If you mess up, it is not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes; learn from them.
Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying bills, cleaning your clothes, and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rainforest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.
Rule 8: Your school may have done away with the winners and losers, but life has not. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades, and they will give you as many times as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to anything in real life.
Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off, and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself. Do that on your own time.
Rule 10: Television is not real life. In real life, people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.
The dad’s Twitter followers went wild for the post, with hundreds giving their two cents.
Some users demanded the dad, “name and shame,” but he insisted he promised his daughter he wouldn’t, while others called it “gross” and others, “unnecessary.”
Another said the list of rules took them back to their own school days. “I was given this exact list by my teacher back in primary school. It was delivered as a ‘reality check’ for us 12 year olds.”
While others admitted the younger generation could learn a thing or two from the grumpy employer.
“To be honest, every one of those points is, arguably, an important life lesson. But it’s hardly motivational on your first day at a new job. Don’t think they’ll win ‘Employer of the Year’ any time soon.”
Another declared: “Good stuff – going to print that out for my kids.”