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  •  I worked at a large department store chain (16+ / 0-)

    years ago. At another store one group made their office into a sick room for a fellow employee. She had terminal cancer, but the company's insurance paid so little she had to continue working or she'd lose her apartment. She was brought to work until the last five days of her life. I stayed at the same firm, hating it, for four years after I had a severe case of cancer (well, kinda; I was given less than a year but the only treatment was cutting it out and waiting), and finally decided I'd rather die happy than continue there. Additionally, though I worked there five years I had no retirement funds from them.

    "The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed, and hence clamorous to be led to safety, by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." H.L. Mencken, 1925

    by cv lurking gf on Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 06:00:58 AM PDT

    •  I hope you are doing well. Your story about the (6+ / 0-)

      lady who worked till she died makes me want to weep.

      What kind of a country is this?

      We have women working till they go into labor because they must, and coming back to work after a few weeks to PRETEND they are not nursing mothers; and sick people on the job trying to hide their illnesses until they die, because they must.

      Birthing and dying and all the time working.

      This is not a civilized society.

      •  Sadly, there was another woman (2+ / 0-)

        who worked in cosmetics who I did know. She waited too long to go to the doctor, and the other women "helped" her work until she was too far gone, then one took her in her home while others chipped in what they could for expenses. Then there was the woman . . . and the man . . . why did I leave that job?

        Thanks; I'm well, though I still tell everyone, always sign up for long-term disability - you might get hit by a car. HA! (Little inside joke there - I don't recommend spot weight reduction.)

        "The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed, and hence clamorous to be led to safety, by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." H.L. Mencken, 1925

        by cv lurking gf on Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 12:51:43 PM PDT

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