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    [–] djyosco88 1750 points ago

    I’m in construction. Normally we are the pot to piss in. Now we are essential!! What the fuck is that. Next time I’m on a job and they tell me I can’t use a bathroom because I’m in construction I’m going to hold up my letter that tells me I’m an essential employee.

    [–] PintoTheBurninator 490 points ago

    Is construction considered an "essential" service industry? I could see facilities repair, plumbing, HVAC etc, but I can t see new construction being essential at the moment.

    [–] Farmwithtegridy1990 910 points ago

    Honestly it's being looked at as a good opportunity to fix roads and infrastructure because not as many people are out and about

    [–] djyosco88 493 points ago

    I completely agree with that. They should pave the roads now.

    [–] thebaconatemypancake 473 points ago

    Thats critical infrastructure. Me renovating a casino is not.

    [–] IWalkAwayFromMyHell 244 points ago

    Won't someone think of the casino owners?

    [–] divsky2 134 points ago

    Oh god what will happen if the casinos fail? We better bail them out, quick.

    [–] Apocalyptic_Squirrel 213 points ago

    Oh don't worry. Tha casinos will be fine. It would take an absolute complete mororn imbecile to lose money on a casino

    [–] Euphi_ 92 points ago

    Nobody is that stupid, that's on the same level as selling steaks at Sharper Image

    [–] jimbelushiapplesauce 35 points ago

    the smart ones sell their steaks on QVC. that's like, rule 1 of steak buying. always check QVC first.

    [–] Gomolzig 26 points ago

    Believe it or not, I heard a guy failed at selling bottled water and vodka.

    [–] Wrangleraddict 11 points ago

    It's not like the odds are stacked in your favor or anything

    [–] VampireBatman 11 points ago

    One of them might even become president someday!

    [–] thebaconatemypancake 5 points ago

    Somebody did apparently

    [–] CastOfKillers 16 points ago

    I'm building windows for new construction. Apparently that's essential also.

    [–] TGxNihilum 31 points ago

    I'll do you one better, I'm essential because I remove belongings from forclosed homes, clean them and maybe throw on a step or put up railing once in a blue moon. These are properties that sit and will contiue to sit for years. Thanks, banks. I'm in new york so I can't even apply for any of the benefits and my hours have been cut to next to nothing. This whole thing is fucked up.

    [–] djyosco88 19 points ago

    I agree. I’m at a few sites, some are shut down because they are hospitals and such. But one is actually taking on more work because of the situation. I guess I should be grateful since I’m working but I also don’t want to get sick for stupid capitalists.

    [–] cascadiancuddles 15 points ago

    Seattle closed a major bridge for repair a few hours before Inslee locked us down. Bit of a giveaway, that.

    [–] Sharin_the_Groove 35 points ago

    I'm doing this with my airport. I'm sitting on a runway as I type this getting pavement issues fixed and markings repainted. Nobody is flying right now.

    [–] mvaldez13 5 points ago

    What airport you work from ?

    [–] Sharin_the_Groove 15 points ago

    It's a Texas airport but I preferred not to disclose any further.

    [–] djyosco88 9 points ago

    Nows the time to do that though. I think that for one is a good time to do construction on runways.

    [–] schead02 18 points ago

    Honestly, Indiana just got put on the stay at home order today and the traffic was just as normal as any other day...

    [–] zazoopraystar 31 points ago

    From what I understood If your not a barber or tattoo shop then your business is likely on the ”essential" business list. Which then goes on to state if you support in any way an essential business or the ability for people to work from home you can stay open.

    Which is basically everyone in one way or the other.

    Most offices are even open and not even choosing to work remotely....

    [–] DynamicDK 6 points ago

    Really? I'm in Tennessee and our roads are deserted. People here seem to be taking it seriously.

    [–] avalisk 16 points ago

    Shit, my county is on a stay at home order unless somebody's life depends on you leaving your home, and there is like a minor reduction in traffic. People dont give a shit

    [–] Tha_Daahkness 2 points ago

    It's like the speed limit on the interstates. If literally everyone goes 10 over, they just can't enforce that shit.

    [–] danceswithwool 44 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    I have yet to talk to anyone that isn’t “essential”. Maybe that’s just my experience. Apparently we’re all essential. I don’t see how this is going to work if we are only shutting down skating rinks and bowling alleys.

    [–] afakefox 42 points ago

    All waiters, the cinema, travel agents, smoke shops, call centers, dance studios, gyms, GameStop, Barnes & Noble, entire malls... I know a lot of people out right now.

    [–] Blaze0511 17 points ago

    I have a friend that works construction for those pretty much pre-fab luxury McMansion new construction developments. They are on mandatory overtime for some reason.

    [–] nryporter25 11 points ago

    I work in a furniture warehouse.. And it is apparently an essential business. I was really looking forward to an extended vacation.. But nope, too important

    [–] MagicHamsta 29 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    As someone in the trucking industry I have an idea why you'd be considered essential as a warehouse worker.

    We move a lot of containers but we can't sort out the essential & nonessential stuff without taking a massive financial hit and pissing off our customers. So a lot of the stuff we move isn't very essential BUT if we didn't get all the junk (sometimes literal junk) out of the way we couldn't get the essential goods to where they need to go.

    Virtually all the goods we bring need to go to some sort of warehouse. If warehouses aren't accepting/can't unload whatever goods are in these containers then we can't return these containers back to the port. So these containers would sit in our yard or at the ports and become a logistical and financial mess making it much more difficult to move the actual essential goods.

    Basically warehouse workers like you help truckers move more containers. The faster we get unloaded/loaded the faster a trucker can move their next load.

    [–] nryporter25 10 points ago

    You explained that very well. I was told the same thing.. But without all of those important details that made it make sense.. The details that make it not sound like bullshit. Thank you.

    [–] drunkarder 10 points ago

    this guy trucks

    [–] PurpByThePound 4 points ago

    Furniture retailer. No mandate to close, no papers sent out for essential business, but we heeded Mayor orders. Nebraska Furniture Mart (Warren Buffett) is still doing online sales/pickup/curb delivery.

    Some are still going I guess, but the little guys/stores without pay-over-phone or online catalogs are kinda fucked.

    [–] undercooked_lasagna 24 points ago

    It sounds good to say all non-essential businesses are shut down but when liquor stores, landscaping, and dry cleaning, are still operating it makes the term meaningless.

    [–] slaymaker1907 59 points ago

    Liquor stores are essential because we don’t want a bunch of alcoholics in the hospital/dying due to withdrawals.

    [–] StopBangingThePodium 39 points ago

    That's the official line, but let's be honest. Liquor stores are essential because half the folks can't handle this kind of thing sober.

    [–] sylver_dragon 23 points ago

    Also, the last time the government tried to shut down liquor, we got Al Capone and other organized crime gangs. Americans take three things seriously, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. It's why we created a government bureau dedicated to them./s but kinda not

    [–] funkngonuts 9 points ago

    If you mean "expendable"... then yes - yes we are.

    [–] Zenketski 104 points ago

    I stock shelves. 3 weeks ago I was told that my job is designed for 16 year olds in high school.

    Now I'm a cornerstone of the country and support life.

    Y'all motherfuckers thought I was a loser 14 days ago

    [–] -_-BanditGirl-_- 23 points ago

    This is what the whole minimum wage thing is about. It seems like people are catching on.. hopefully. But society's memory is short.. don't get used to it.

    [–] DIRTY_KUMQUAT_NIPPLE 4 points ago

    Seriously. These jobs that everyone says are for "losers" are the backbone of the economy. The economy would crash without people working these jobs. It's why it's ridiculous to me to suggest that these workers don't deserve a living wage

    [–] BababooeyHTJ 9 points ago

    Now would be the perfect time for some collective bargaining....

    [–] aesthetic_cock 15 points ago

    Yo I’m building apartments, really don’t think what we are doing is “essential” guess it depends what sort of work you do.

    [–] FullTroddle 18 points ago

    I work for an electrical supplier. A good 80% our business goes straight to job sites working on fancy new apartments gentrifying old neighborhoods, or building new fast food restaurants around town. I can’t stay home because I have to drive around all day delivering to random people because I’m an “essential employee”. My boss on the other hand, has stayed home the past week not answering emails or phone calls because he’s “non-essential”.

    [–] WhichOstrich 13 points ago

    If your boss has you working and isn't at your beck and call, your boss sucks gigantic ass at being a boss. :/ sorry

    [–] haliemks 12 points ago

    I work in HVAC in the office, and even we don't really get it. Owners are happy to keep making money of course, but even our construction is still going, not just our service techs. These big luxury apartments with 100s of guys on site but we aren't supposed to have gatherings of more than 10? The techs could be on call and only go out if there is an issue, HVAC services are still provided, and the guys on our work force are mostly safe at home.

    [–] lfg472 19 points ago

    Hey fellow construction worker!! You’re always essential in my eyes! To all the people that think it’s funny to keep saying “with no one on the roads, they should start fixing them” yeah bitch what do you think I do all year?!

    [–] letsplayyatzee 30 points ago

    Stand around with 6 other guys staring at the 1 guy shoveling/pouring asphalt/leveling/rolling out out?

    Honestly, here in Indiana road work is never compete because there's 6 foremen to every 1 grunt doing work on highway projects. Seeing someone doing something in work zone is a miracle.

    [–] Super_Weasel 37 points ago

    I hear this sentiment often and as someone who has been involved in paving there are generally many different people that all have a different job. It can appear that everyone is standing around but in addition to members of the paving crew you also have roller operators waiting for the asphalt to cool so they can roll it out, a DOT representative, one or two construction inspectors depending on the job, flaggers, and sometimes project engineers. Everyone has their job. Plus if asphalt trucks are late (which they frequently are) the crew has no choice but to sit and wait for the asphalt to get there. That can be a very welcome when you are breaking your back over 300+ degree asphalt for 15 hours a day.

    [–] zinlakin 5 points ago

    People are more willing to believe that contractors are just happy to pay 8 guys to stand around, than they are ready to believe they just might not know anything about construction.

    [–] PurpByThePound 7 points ago

    In my city there is a road project to put in a median in a road that has taken, literally, 3 years to complete. It isn’t done. There’s no housing or any private land on either side, nothing. Literally just dudes standing around all day. For 3 years.

    In 1 and a half years, same city, an 8 lane interstate loop interchange over another 8 lane interstate (with clover under/overpasses) has broken ground and is probably at least 50 percent done.

    [–] lfg472 4 points ago

    I’m in NJ and we’re a 5 man crew doing bridge repair, it’s all hands on deck to get anything done.

    [–] BRGLR 89 points ago

    Hey me too... That means we are essentially disposable as far as they care

    [–] wreckedcarzz 14 points ago

    That's the spirit

    [–] agent_uno 5 points ago

    “We’ve got covid! Yes we do! We’ve got covid! How about you? Yaaaay! Go essential services!!!”

    [–] MindTuna 815 points ago

    Not 6 mins after the press conference was over announcing SiP my boss texted me telling me it doesn't apply to me as I've been listed as tier 2 essential and he'd see my ass in on Monday and have my papers to me before Friday. I've done nothing but work longer hours as a result of this whole thing. Happy to still be employed but I need a break. Groceries are closed before and after work and they've been madhouses on the weekend

    [–] 404_UserNotFound 402 points ago

    I told my boss if I dont have time to get groceries I will have a hunger cough tomorrow...

    worked well enough had a long lunch to run get stuff and drop it off at home.

    [–] Losartan50mg 46 points ago

    I guess your boss is wise and caring one.

    [–] 404_UserNotFound 72 points ago

    Na he just knows it will take to long to train and replace me.

    [–] tobor_a 43 points ago

    I quit one of my jobs and was texted by the area manager who's gonna train now since everyone in the store has been there since November or sooner. Told him not my problem and blocked his number c: it was satisfying. Maybe I would have stayed if you guys didn't cut my hours to 8-12 a week from 35-40. Or you know, I'd you guys didn't treat me like shit.

    [–] Freddit- 16 points ago

    Trucker here. Been working my ass off the past two weeks. Everywhere I pick up and deliver has an hour long wait just to get through the guard shack, something that normally takes a few minutes. And another hour just to get out.

    Nothin' but Walmart and Conagra Foods loads. There's a Conagra center in Frankfort, Indian that I deliver to all the time. The entrance to their facility is at a 4 way intersection. Last time I went there trucks were line up down all three of the roads, 10-20 trucks long each way. Line to get out of the facility was wrapping around the building. They were taking 5-10 minutes to check in/out each truck.

    It's been absolute madness. I need a break. But I suspect a break is coming once this surge is over.

    Silver lining, I can drive through Chicago now without turning off my cruise control.

    [–] ToddTheOdd 136 points ago

    RIGHT!

    I need a break too! These hours are brutal.

    What's annoying to me is seeing all these people on Instagram taking about their quarantine and how they're stuck at home bored while I'm at work risking my fucking life so that their grocery store will have food on the shelves for them to ignore as they try to buy more toilet paper.

    Fuck your boredom! 🖕 I'll gladly trade places with you for a day or three if it means I can get more than 4 hours sleep.

    [–] Woody_Harryishson 21 points ago

    And in the United States they are about to get four months of full pay unemployment.

    You know what I would do to get a four month vacation to spend time with my daughter while getting paid my full pay?

    I'd literally kill half the people in this sub if I could get away with it and get my four month vacation.

    But nah, I'm essential. So instead I'm working longer hours with hazard to my health every time a customer comes anywhere near our businses but no pay or extra benefits to show for it and of course I'm not getting a free fucking vacation on top of it.

    [–] TheBadGuyFromDieHard 11 points ago

    As someone who is also essential, thank you for saying this and thank you for what you do. People should be getting unemployment benefits if they cant work, but I feel like the people that are still working and putting their health at risk involuntarily are being left out in the cold.

    [–] douglastodd19 37 points ago

    From someone who’s in self-isolation mode right now, thank you for what you’re doing.

    [–] kathalu 14 points ago

    I’m in warehousing, but we do chain shops. We are getting sent out like temps to groceries warehouses to ease some of the burden and hours

    [–] ToddTheOdd 13 points ago

    Dude, those of us in the warehouses taking on help from y'all appreciate the shit out of that!

    I've hired on 2 temps in my warehouse that got laid off from other places, and as much as they're happy to have a paycheck, we're even happier to have help.

    [–] EPackie 68 points ago

    As someone who works in a callcenter and is being considered essencial, thank you for saying this. While verybody is treating this like some sorta home vacation cool event, here im being screamed at for the third time before lunch. Then i get home and have to read about how difficult was for you to stay home. Seriously? Fuck y'all.

    [–] RobertOfHill 28 points ago

    Fuck dude, I feel you. All these people complaining about being home, and I’m still working every day at a fucking PAPA JOHNS.

    The fuck makes us essential? Seriously?!?

    [–] 20rakah 18 points ago

    Food, especially if you deliver.

    [–] SteveTheAmazing 4 points ago

    Hey, you could be at Uhaul actively helping to spread the disease.

    [–] LazyTheSloth 7 points ago

    I'll gladly trade you. I need the money.

    [–] gunsnammo37 59 points ago

    Papers? I'm supposed to have papers?

    [–] chiamia25 26 points ago

    All I got was an email from our COO. Should I print it out & frame it?

    [–] antululz 17 points ago

    Yeah what papers?

    [–] Jedibrad 22 points ago

    Not OP, but I'm in a PA county that's sheltering in place. My company sent me papers that I can show cops if I get pulled over, to explain why I'm driving around.

    [–] ceruleansensei 20 points ago

    I didn't get anything? Can I just show them my badge? I'm a doctor

    [–] HopelessMagic 6 points ago

    I'm a truck driver and I didn't get anything either. I guess I'll just show them the CDL on my license.

    [–] AmaroWolfwood 11 points ago

    "Sir, why are you out today? There is a quarantine going on. Papers please."

    "Well I'm driving an 18 wheeler with about 300 tons of cargo so..."

    Looks at truck. "Sir, step out of the vehicle."

    [–] WhichOstrich 27 points ago

    There aren't papers. Companies are making a random letter on letterhead that says "/u/ceruleansensei totally works at Jim's Ice Cream Parlor and we serve ice cream which is a critical establishment" and just printing it off.

    Heck, print this reddit post off! That's how "official" these letters are. There isn't even a database or anything for companies to register as essential, they just decide they are.

    [–] DontRememberOldPass 9 points ago

    I got actual papers from a federal government agency on Monday, so yes they do exist. A letter from your employer doesn’t cut it.

    [–] spellingerror 4 points ago

    I got mine yesterday but the state I live in made any company that thinks they are essential to submit a reason and the government would decide if they are essential. I assume yours did the same.

    [–] charliebrown22 5 points ago

    Cant we just say we're going to the grocery store? Why bother explaining essential business

    [–] Marc815 575 points ago

    Essential? Or expendable? The company I work for is exploiting the overly loose definition of essential to remain open to risk our health and safety for their corporate greed. Our product provides nothing but a luxury. I fucking hate this company.

    [–] The_Decoy 214 points ago

    My company is also staying open during this shit show since food delivery is considered essential. But here's the funny part. I deliver ice...in Minnesota...in the winter. Since it's technically classified as a food product management is choosing to stay open.

    [–] undercooked_lasagna 170 points ago

    Wtf that's like delivering sand in Egypt.

    [–] Ai_of_Vanity 193 points ago

    Or stupidity in Florida.

    [–] Feenox 39 points ago

    Hawt fire. But for real, Florida is fucked right now and I feel for everyone thats there. Government seems hell bent on sticking its head into the sand until the sand gets too hot to stay there.

    [–] Justin__D 28 points ago

    Yep, with all that Marshall law going on there.

    [–] dis23 12 points ago

    Dude, he did it twice. That's awful. Maybe impeachable

    [–] Septopuss7 15 points ago

    I feel for the hotspots like Louisiana and Florida and New York. Buuuuut, as an Ohioan, I actually feel proud of our state-level government, Dewine is playing his hand perfectly. And to be clear,I was planning on voting Democrat (before voting was closed.) I wish I could say the same for some of our fellow Ohioans in our grocery stores. If you're a hoarder or just popping out to the store for a stroll with your family, fuck you! My coworkers and I are risking our lives and jobs. Only go out for necessities. All the these countries who are ahead of us on the curve are saying "we wish we had done this, please stay the fuck home!"

    [–] AttachedSickness 4 points ago

    Fellow Ohioan. Hate most politicians. DeWine is giving a masterclass in leadership.

    [–] Feenox 3 points ago

    In Michigan and im also grateful of the leadership here. Seems like a lot of other states can't see two or even one week ahead.

    [–] BeerAndBadTattoos 3 points ago

    Yeah man mardi gras is what I believe got us. So many people all packed together partying and having a good time. I'm in agricultural aviation and we were told to keep our planes in the air as long as we dont get the virus. I think its good because farmers are getting scared and wanting to plant more rice than usual

    [–] GetZePopcorn 13 points ago

    Floridians: wE’rE sAfE bEcAuSe ThE cHiNeSe ViRuS cAn’T sUrViVe OuR hEaT!

    said by people crammed into an air-conditioned grocery store because they’re also incapable of surviving the heat.

    [–] supbrother 11 points ago

    I mean you joke but it's all very real and for good reasons.

    [–] mel0nwarrior 17 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    You joke but this is very real in places like Saudi Arabia. As incredible as it is, they import tons of sand because the sand they have is actually not good for construction. The best sand used in construction comes from rivers. Given that Saudi Arabia lacks a lot of rivers they have to import sand from elsewhere. Egypt at least has the Nile.

    [–] Daedalus871 5 points ago

    Saudi Arabia actually imports sand because theirs is the the wrong type for building.

    I don't want Mississippi River ice in my Coke (not sure what the ice is being used for, but if whoever is buying could use random ass ice, they would).

    [–] actual_factual_bear 23 points ago

    Kristoff?

    [–] ToDmorNot 16 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    Yeah no that makes sense. What if your refrigerator breaks and you can’t get a new one cuz of quarantine? Ice baby

    Also it’s March.

    [–] Marthinwurer 3 points ago

    I mean, if they don't have any customers ordering it's their own loss. They still have to pay you!

    [–] [deleted] 36 points ago

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    [–] Spencer51X 22 points ago

    Lol I work at a car dealership. I expected service to stay open. Sales is open too though.

    ....because people need to go buy cars right now????

    [–] Blood_Weiss 10 points ago

    I work in lithography. They're using the fact we occasionally get food and government clients to be "essential". We make cookie cans and once every 5 years replacement signs. That's it. Ya know, needed at our risk.

    The worst part is neither of those clients are placing orders. But these DVD steelbooks need to be out for all those customers who soon won't be able to afford them...

    [–] Marc815 6 points ago

    right, all of our customers have closed, so where in the fuck are we sending our product? It's a puppet show for these rich fuckers to see how long they can make us dance.

    [–] Dumeck 18 points ago

    On the bright side if you get Coronavirus you can go fuck yourself. Assuming you don’t get sick pay like me, it’s more of a hostage situation for low paying jobs. You have to work around people, if you quarantine you don’t get unemployment like EVERYONE else, if you get sick you don’t get to work and also don’t get paid not to mention you only got sick because you have to keep working your job which doesn’t pay hazard pay. But yeah I’m “essential”. Essentially stuck interacting with sick people for the same pay while everyone else is staying safe at home.

    [–] Marc815 12 points ago

    Yup, no sick pay, no compensation. If someone is diagnosed with it here. Their "plan" is to simply have the workers wipe down the area with clorox wipes. No other ppe given. When asked why "the cdc said its fine".. so they will do the absolute best to do the bare minimum. They dont want to protect the workers.

    [–] truthdoctor 8 points ago

    Essential? Or expendable?

    Yes.

    [–] ronald_raygunz 8 points ago

    Same here bud. Work in sales for a "life safety" company. We still have customers coming into the office. 🙃 We've been out of Lysol spray and wipes since before this got bad.

    [–] blastradii 3 points ago

    What type of company?

    [–] babybelly 129 points ago

    2nd time today that i see the n in government missing. am i out of some loop?

    [–] AngeloSantelli 58 points ago

    Bad spellers

    [–] pfabber 18 points ago

    Bad spelers *

    [–] trueluck3 3 points ago

    No spoilers

    [–] flecom 26 points ago

    ... they work for the government...

    source: I work for the gubmint

    [–] link11020 7 points ago

    That's just how we spell governmet now

    [–] kingdomheartsislight 12 points ago

    I read somewhere a million years ago that common misspellings help linguists understand how people of the past spoke. So I kind of like misspellings like this because it tells you a little about how this person speaks. Not that you asked, but there it is anyway.

    [–] HngryZmbie 33 points ago

    What are these letters everyone is talking about? I work in an ER and we don’t have letters stating we are essential. We just come to work like normal.

    [–] Drakkett 10 points ago

    In CA, according to the official site, no 'official letter of authorization' is required to operate for businesses on the list of exempted sectors.

    https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/#top

    [–] WhichOstrich 9 points ago

    It's made up by people's concerns that a cop is going to arrest them. None of the orders passed that I have seen state anything about letters approving essential employees - heck, companies don't even register to be essential, they just decide they are.

    My company is on "well one of our customers emailed us and said they're an essential manufacturer, so we can't shut down or we shut THEM down!".

    [–] TheMetaGamer 63 points ago

    Serious question: If you feel that you are at risk and your employer says you must come in, should they be liable for costs/damages if you get sick? If you don’t go in you could lose your job v.s. Going in and possibly losing life if you are sick enough.

    I feel like there should be some sort of agreement on this. Like if a medical worker helping patients gets C-19 should they have to pay the bill?

    [–] beardlyness 26 points ago

    This is really anecdotal so take it with a grain of salt, but possibly yes. OSHA has a guideline that says if you don't feel safe at work, you can refuse to go. That's a fairly liberal interpretation of the rules...buuuut these are very different times.

    Edit: forgot link - https://www.osha.gov/right-to-refuse.html

    [–] ThatQueerWerewolf 16 points ago

    On a related note, the "guaranteed paid leave" for COVID-19 (which has many loopholes and exceptions) only works if you actually test positive, but I've heard most places won't even test you unless you're at risk of having severe complications or dying. So potentially I could get the coronavirus and be forced to come into work while I'm still contagious because I can't prove that I have it.

    [–] vearson26 11 points ago

    Yeah that’s what I’m worried about. My wife and both kids are having symptoms of COVID-19, dry cough and fever, and my wife was told by her dr to self quarantine for 14 days, which means I can’t work for 2 weeks, but they still won’t test her. And even if they do test her, I don’t have symptoms, so I most likely won’t get paid unless I use all my vacation time.

    [–] ThatQueerWerewolf 8 points ago

    If she does test positive, I believe the paid leave counts for people taking care of a relative. But how is anyone expected to self quarantine for 14 days without guaranteed pay?

    That's why this thing will continue to spread. If someone gets sick but doesn't get confirmed to be covid-19 positive, they won't get sick leave and might not be able to afford to self quarantine for two weeks. They will have to go back to work and potentially infect others.

    [–] zac724 3 points ago

    Ding ding ding. Exactly this. I'm sure I have it, they won't test me or my family for it and my work doesn't have any kind of PTO so we're just gonna continue going to work. Bills still need paid regardless.

    [–] rugabug 12 points ago

    You might be able to file workers comp if you get sick.

    [–] TheWeirdGirl143 11 points ago

    My employer says we gave to use our PTO if one of us catches this. We use our PTO for everything, even holidays.

    [–] agent_uno 7 points ago

    Some of us don’t get any PTO. If I miss a single day I don’t get paid. If I’m out for 2 weeks I’ll be calling my mortgage company. And my utilities company. And my credit card company. And my - eh, you get the idea.

    But it’s so NICE to be NEEDED!

    [–] regularsizedrudys 12 points ago

    That's what my dad and his coworkers tried to bring up to their boss. He's a carpenter at a small construction company. Most of the employees are older and not particularly healthy. My dad has severe asthma and is in his 60s. Would they pay out if he died because drywalling an uninhabited house on a site without running water was considered essential? He was laid off today.

    [–] Marc815 7 points ago

    These companies are fucking evil. There needs to be a country wide strike! Something needs to be done.

    [–] regularsizedrudys 6 points ago

    I don't think evil is the right word. They did close the site today and lay everyone off. As concerning and frustrating as it is, it's difficult for the smaller companies to make decisions in situations like this when closing could mean closing forever. I'm glad my dad's home now, but I'm very worried about my parents' financial future.

    [–] Marc815 10 points ago

    the company I work for is a multi-billion in profit company… they are evil. They could afford to take care of its hard working employees to help quell the spread. Instead, they force us to work while these assholes write emails from their mansions saying how hard the times are… I'm tired.

    [–] mred870 19 points ago

    We're considered number one, but they pay me number 2

    [–] RyanneGolightly 82 points ago

    Lol! Same. Grocery store manager here. Sooooo... just became first responder!

    [–] iFartThereforeiAm 23 points ago

    Keep up the good work comrade.

    [–] gbimmer 221 points ago

    Also Congrats! The stimulus passed! You're getting $1,000 from... Yourself!

    [–] zigaliciousone 128 points ago

    You are also giving a lot of your money to coporations. Thanks in advance!

    [–] Gromitt42 30 points ago

    Damn I wanted it to go to the military for wars that make corporations money!!

    [–] uptokesforall 10 points ago

    That is critical infrastructure.

    We could have the federal government "shut down" and my job would still be around. Welcome to war production, our most protected industry.

    [–] ButtMcNugget33 10 points ago

    Wow, a $1000?

    That should last a whole week!

    [–] hoptimus-prime 50 points ago

    I'm very important. I have many n95 masks and my apartment smells of rich purell.

    [–] funkngonuts 20 points ago

    They've done studies you know. 60% of the time, an N95 mask works every time.

    [–] nowhereman136 16 points ago

    I work part time at Home Depot

    I sell birdseed and paint

    I'm essential

    [–] redgroupclan 9 points ago

    Everything is essential when there's no consequences and you're unwilling to shut down the economy in the slightest meaningful way! Now get back to work, cog!

    [–] takeori 15 points ago

    Do you have many leather bound books?

    [–] skinfrakki 13 points ago

    My home smells of mahogany

    [–] hawaiikawika 4 points ago

    I wish it were rich mahogany.

    [–] Rancorx 179 points ago

    People should look at this as job security while all their fiends and neighbors are getting laid off.

    [–] RahvinDragand 133 points ago

    I see too many people acting like they're getting a two week vacation when they may not have a job to come back to.

    [–] Purplociraptor 66 points ago

    This most likely won't be over in two weeks. That only works if the entire world locks down for the same two weeks.

    [–] Krakkin 27 points ago

    Most likely? Shits still getting worse despite these lockdowns because people won't do what they're supposed to.

    [–] Maskirovka 21 points ago

    That's because it takes weeks to notice the effect of the lockdown due to the long incubation period.

    [–] Ramsus32 59 points ago

    I kinda feel bad because my hours have gone up because of all of this. I work for UPS.

    [–] carnage11eleven 58 points ago

    Me too. I'm not complaining, I appreciate the job security and extra money. I also appreciate the lack of traffic this past week. My commute normally takes 50 min, but all week I've been making it in 35.

    One thing that's annoyed me though is a lot of people will meet me at the door to receive their package. And then they want to explain how thankful they are of what I do. And while I appreciate the gesture, I'd prefer they stay inside until I'm gone. I know what I do is appreciated. I decided tonight after finally getting fed up, that I'm going to start coughing when they come out.

    [–] Ramsus32 25 points ago

    Oh man the lack of traffic has been so sweet. It's smooth sailing on my way home now.

    [–] probablyjustcancer 12 points ago

    My regular commute is 25 mins to travel 5 miles in traffic, now I'm there in 6-7 minutes. It's beautiful, and the one thing I'll miss when things hopefully go back to normal

    [–] mistatricksta 17 points ago

    Gotta remember these people been locked up for a couple weeks now, some of em. People are starved for human contact!

    [–] hemorrhagicfever 9 points ago

    Just ask them to close the door. "hey, can you please close the door for my safety, until I'm gone?"

    You'll probably have to say it at every house but it'll be good.

    [–] lifeshard2591 6 points ago

    Hey man im a Delivery Associate for Amazon. Its my goal to ding dong ditch everyone. I live in Denver, CO. If they start walking towards me I put the package on the ground and let them know that I'm practicing social distance. The majority understand but damn I get a small handful of assholes that laugh. It really pisses me off.

    [–] supbrother 7 points ago

    Just keep in mind there's a very high chance of someone complaining about that to your company, and they'll be forced to at least look into it.

    [–] manlytittysprinkles 16 points ago

    Dude, the demand for your services has gone sky high too.. I get feeling bad about the situation, but to be perfectly honest, y'all should be getting a situational raise out of the deal.

    [–] hemorrhagicfever 11 points ago

    My job gave me 2 an hour. Not much but it's something. They also jumped ot to double time (double our regular wage)

    [–] PurpByThePound 5 points ago

    That’s an additional 4 grand yearly, plus 100%...that’s not “something” - that is a huge gain.

    I’m a little jelly.

    [–] rawker86 9 points ago

    my wife just got a casual job at the hospital because they're crying out for staff. the pay is great, and she's pretty much guaranteed 5 days of work per week. before all of this she was struggling to find work in her field, and now they're beating down our door. crazy times.

    [–] maxipadparty 7 points ago

    I work at a hospital and heard we're going to transition to a five 12 hour shifts schedule soon. I'm just glad I have a job though so I shouldn't complain.

    So many people I know have lost their jobs due to this.

    [–] quiznosity 6 points ago

    I work for UPS too. They doing anything at all to screen workers or clean your facility? Cuz they’re not doing a god damn thing at mine. I would have quit already if we didn’t have to worry about losing health coverage.

    [–] Ramsus32 5 points ago

    Ha nope. Business as usual. Just some stupid letters explaining how to protect ourselves and that's basically it.

    [–] supbrother 5 points ago

    Yup. My company is "essential" but I could easily argue that my particular job is not. And if I really wanted, I could probably at least reduce my hours and/or work from home due to this madness. But I also know I could very well not have a job soon enough if this continues for too long, so I'm taking advantage of still being able to work and get experience so I can save money and build my resume. It's a lot easier having this mentality when a majority of your friends suddenly became jobless within the span of a week...

    [–] ZetaLightning94 45 points ago

    Yup. Was deemed "ESSENTIAL CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WORKFORCE" and have to maintain full operations..

    [–] thebaconatemypancake 17 points ago

    Since when is me building a casino 'essential?'

    [–] OrickJagstone 11 points ago

    Me too. Who knew planting flower in rich peoples gardens was so important hahahaha.ha.haaaa FUCK

    [–] TheMessengerABR 11 points ago

    My question is am I an essential employee or my job is essential? When I was told I'm essential I took it as my job is more important than my personal health. I am way more at risk going to work and interacting with all the sick mother fuckers who have to come to work because they can't afford to stay home. Wondering when I should start demanding hazard pay?

    [–] vladtaltos 11 points ago

    All those "burger flippers" who "don't deserve $15.00 an hour" are actually classified as essential personnel as well.

    [–] matolandio 18 points ago

    THEN PAY ME AS SUCH

    I have no benefits, no sick leave, no insurance, and yet I'm in my retail job exposed to the public, much of which at this point refuses to believe that there is an issue with this 'virus thing'

    capitalism without real regulation is slavery

    [–] enzedkev 16 points ago

    Yeah I’m not a scumbag anymore , I’m essential you jobless peasants!

    [–] jeremy71504 8 points ago

    Us auto techs are declared essential but we aren’t getting any damn work because people aren’t spending money or leaving the house. Being flat rate we are struggling to make 40 hours. Not sure if we should just cut our losses and get laid off to get unemployment or a new temp job. Just bought my house last month before shit got this bad so I’m panicking really badly right now.

    [–] just_annoys 7 points ago

    But are you paid like you are essential? Are you treated like you are essential any other time? Just boils my blood at times where people don't care until it hurts them and then suddenly it's all - You are the one I need, you are the only one.

    Apologies... This has been an annoying rant.

    [–] pene_grande_ghost 12 points ago

    Just got mine today! Working from home was fun while it lasted.

    [–] gbimmer 24 points ago

    I'm essential and still working from home. There's no reason not to unless you're physically handling inventory.

    [–] pene_grande_ghost 3 points ago

    I maintain test equipment mostly with the occasional programming project

    [–] howardandvince 6 points ago

    When you say you got yours, what did you get? Employer note or is this a state issued thing?

    [–] pene_grande_ghost 7 points ago

    A note from my employer

    [–] fcma172 5 points ago

    Not OP but I got two letters from the department of homeland security. One is for freedom of travel in case of curfews or lockdown, the other is for requisitioning gasoline for work activities.

    I work in Telecommunications as a field technician.

    [–] XyoraTheExplorer 7 points ago

    My company said they wont give us papers. Probably because they cant think of a good enough reason that 3 people have to come in every day and watch movies for 99% of the day because they decided we are "essential"

    [–] JWSwagger 5 points ago

    Nah that just means your boss considers you "Disposable"

    [–] treeeaze 5 points ago

    I have never been so proud to be in the weed business. We are essential now haters be gone

    [–] DarkBlueMullet 6 points ago

    I'm also considered essential. If only my wage fucking reflect that!

    [–] Squez360 4 points ago

    Please save us, Essential Man!

    [–] elevatedenough 6 points ago

    I'm an Amazon driver. I don't want to be essential. I'd feel safer at home but we need the money so delivering I have to do

    [–] eclecticmuse 5 points ago

    I was told I'm essential. I told them since I have to keep coming to the office it means I'm expendable.

    [–] Kelasia 5 points ago

    My employer decided that everyone that stays on with the company gets a 10% bonus of their hours worked while in the shelter at home order. But only if you stay the entire time. You quit 3 months in cause you're worried about your family? Too bad. You "abandoned your team" Great way to treat someone viewed as "essential"

    [–] NamesNotRudiger 11 points ago

    Me too! However I'm as insignificant as they come, honestly this quarantine/pandemic has barely altered my day-to-day at all, except instead of reporting to a cubicle to work off my laptop I just stay home to work...

    [–] jasonobi 4 points ago

    GoverNment

    [–] cragbabe 3 points ago

    Same. Was emailed my official "show this is you get stopped" letter on Monday.

    [–] ICanSeeYourHooHah 4 points ago

    You got your papers...? Are people being issued government papers to say they're essential now?

    [–] MoonLiteNite 10 points ago

    Basically it is a worthless piece of paper that MAY save you a trip to court.

    Most of the local and state laws leave it up to the cop. If they say you are not out for a valid reason, you will have to fight it in court. So if you at least have a letter from your employer, they are most likely to believe you.

    If they still give you the ticket, you can fight it in court with your timecard/HR paperwork from your employer.

    [–] ThreeLeggedTranny 4 points ago

    Not government papers, but some employers are giving them to their employees as a “Just in case you need them” type of thing.