Can vs Can’t

Been thinking of Chloe King’s rant about low paid workers and her PTSD from being a waitress in a bar (I’m not kidding…she thinks she has PTSD from working in a bar).

Here’s the thing…lefties think you get a job and you stay in it forever.

Normal people do loads of jobs, it’s called experience.

The problem I see here is that lefties demand increased pay for no reason whatsoever and produce retarded logic like “oh the boss gets squillions so why can’t I”. There is no concept of value, there is no concept of improved productivity, it is just an expectation of a pay raise for no other reason than turning up.

Look at her reasoning:

Okay, I am one of the hundreds of thousands of low waged workers in this country and I feel devastated by his comments which further included stating we, the apparently lazy and low waged workers, also have no work ethic.

Oh cry me a river. She’d be upset and devastated if someone just looked at her.

Most low waged workers who I know are some of the hardest working people you will ever meet. We undertake multiple jobs, which is hard, I promise you, and we have no choice other than to do this. There has been a major rise in the casualised and part-time economy, and full-time work is almost impossible to come by. We are left stitching multiple jobs together to make up full-time work. We give up our nights, days and weekends to pour your pints, flip your burgers, to serve food we can’t afford ourselves, and to clean your damn toilets. Yeah, you know all those jobs people don’t want to do? We do them. We work twice as hard as CEOs and workers considered “highly skilled,” for measly paychecks in high stress environments, and we endure the poverty shaming which comes with underappreciated low waged work. Being poor is to incur ridicule and constant put-downs from strangers, people we know, the mainstream media, and now, even our own political leaders.

Where to even begin with that ranting. You give up your nights…boo hoo. YOU work hard…yes that is what you are paid for.  As for the work twice as hard as the CEO?  

Oh Puulease, ever heard of risk, stress etc. A worker will never be prosecuted by the FMA, the SFO or the OSH crowds….its always the directors, CEOs and senior management….there is significant risk to be in those positions…and they are recompensed for that.

The problem I have with such mentality is the left assumes everyone is the same and everyone thinks their way. Most of us don’t. They also assume that if someone is rich they are born into it or got some cushy arrangement to get there.  One insult that is always hurled at me is that my Dad is rich…without even knowing where he came from. Let me tell you. The son of a ratbag who ditched his family and left them without a stick of furniture in the house. He took a job at age 15 at a butchers shop and didn’t take wages, he took meat so his family could eat. He was in a solo parent family in an era where that was stigma and raised in a  state house in Mt Roskill. At 16 he was booted out by his mother’s new boyfriend and went to live with his grandfather and mother. A war veteran and a wife. In the sixth form the school approached his mother to get them to pay for seventh form so he could go to university…they refused, his step-father saying he needed to work not study. So Dad left school and studied accountancy. Abandoned by his father, chucked out and ignored by his mother…he went to tech. That was how my father started out. There was no silver spoon, only heartbreak, and poverty. If he was a lefty he would write a wailing blog post about how hard done he was…My old man is made of sterner stuff than that. He got on in life.

If I look at my life and the jobs I’ve done you can see a pattern too.
I worked evenings in the bakery cleaning up at Foodtown while at school. I was in the Army to fund university…and there aren’t that many jobs harder or nastier than an infantryman. I was also a waiter in Hamilton, and then one in Auckland working nights.

Then I worked in the National bank and started in the room that checked all the cheques that came back from the processing centre, teller, suspense returns, lending, basically every shitty mundane and crappy soul-sapping job in the place. I once spent 4 weeks working in the basement tracing cheques for a famous fraud case.

You’re supposed to work your way up, that was the way I saw it. I didn’t have a degree, it was my only option. But I always looked for avenues to advance, if not in pay then in skills. After ten years in the bank I left to embark on an IT and sales career. I worked my way up there too. Eventually, I left a $150k a year job in Sydney because I hated it and I was spending too much time in airports and working myself to the bone. I didn’t have anything to go to, I just resigned on Monday and flew back to Auckland on Friday.

I didn’t work for 4 months and was then offered two jobs. One was a $200k a year job at Telecom and the other was $30k a year plus unlimited commission.

I took the $30k a year plus commission. I significantly dropped my base salary and took a risk that I’d learn to sell…if I didn’t then I’d starve.

No lefty would do that…they want a sure thing.

No lefty would start a blog and make it pay and make it so successful that someone would commit a crime in order to try and bring them down and pass that information to a political activist to write a book about how successful they’d been at controlling and manipulating the media and political narrative in this country.

And no lefty would look to take on MSM with no government subsidies and build a new news organisation from the ground up. That project is still underway, but I will succeed at it because I never give up. I never gave up when depression laid me low for 7 years. They were the darkest and most awful years of my life, but from that financial and emotional wreckage, you see what you see in me now. We lost everything to depression. All our houses, all our money. If you want to know how determined I am then just ask Fidelity Life who I fought for six years to honour their contract.

So, Chole King will always serve in bars and get PTSD from it…and people like me will rule the world because we never give up, we never expect anything, and we are not entitled.

People love making excuses for the shit they find themselves in as is evidenced by Chloe King’s whining. Usually, it is self-inflicted

There are thousands of stories of people who were born in state houses and go on to greatness, my Dad is one of those. He grew up in a state house and went on to be President of the ruling National party and a successful businessman respected by his peers. He could easily have blamed his birthright and his poverty and stayed like that.

The thing is I’ve done shitty and low paid jobs but the key difference is I moved on.

Chloe King is either incapable of it or has a severe entitlement disability. There are people who look at life and the possibilities it brings and others who wallow in self-pity and go nowhere.

I look at a rich bastard and I say to myself…hmm..I wonder how he got there…and how can I do it?

They look and spit “Rich Prick!” at him.

Here’s Chloe’s  problem…

Chloe King is an artist and human rights activist from New Zealand, Auckland but moved to Melbourne in 2013. She undertook five years of study in Visual Arts and Art and Design at AUT, graduating with a Post Graduate Dip.

She thinks she is qualified but the only thing she is qualified for is finger painting, and she wonders why she can’t get paid.

Instead of blaming others for her shitty life she needs to look in the mirror.

I always look for what can be done, others like Chloe look for what can’t be done. I remember a Singaporean programmer who once told me, in ‘Singlish’, in response to a question about whether he could fix some code or not “Can can, cannot also can”. I have remembered that one statement for nearly 16 years because it is so true. We all “can” but we can all also “cannot”.

Listen to a person’s words, that gives them away always.

I took two months off, I guess with this post I can safely say I’m back.

  • Andy111A

    He’s back!
    Now this is the kind of WhaleOil article I love to read Cam. Its raw emotion mixed with a great sledge and totally relatable. I love a great success story.

    I lost my job and house this year to cancer, but I’m back and now own two rentals, a business employing five staff and on Friday was given a mortgage so I can get our housing situation back on track. (I must be one of those rich pricks)

    • Huia

      No, not a rich prick at all. A hard working one -yes.
      You are one of those people who have a spine, karma knocks you down so you don’t lie there and howl to the media, you picked yourself up, got stuck in and darned good luck to you.
      Well done Andy.

    • Dave

      Congrats on being back, and good luck with the business, health and mortgage.

      Be interesting to have a moderator ask someone like you and someone like Chloe 10 or so life questions/dilemmas, and just look at and analyse the responses. Yours, there is a way, if we…….. Chloe’s. We are doomed, it’s the gominmints fault, who can help me.

      Ps. The media seriously need to publish more stories like yours, that pumping the hard done by whingers like Chloe!

  • H. Upmann

    An excellent rant.

  • Michelle

    In our small town l notice that each year of school leavers there are some who don’t leave town and go out into the world. They stay here and take low paid jobs or have kids
    Some do leave a few years later and go off to see the world but some have barely left town
    A few of those think the world owes them a living, just for turning up to work
    Quite often when you meet the parent/s you can see where they get their attitude from, it is either from generations of welfare or they think their little petal is better than some lowly paid job when child should be in some big paying job and be able to go out and have fun with their mates

    The left encourage these people to expect more for doing less or nothing at all

  • Hard1

    “Most low waged workers who I know are some of the hardest working people you will ever meet.”
    I love that. Down at my gym there are people paying money to work even harder.
    Don’t see much PTSD there.

    • JeffDaRef

      I’m pretty sure I have PTSD from seeing the personal trainer last week…

  • Eiselmann

    Never knew you got PTSD from serving drinks.

    Here I was thinking , getting shot or maybe years of childhood abuse would be near the threshold for someone to have PTSD , you know that one-off devastating event that fundamentally changes your life or a serious of tragic events that dominate a significant part of your life.

    Gee the things we learn from a visual arts graduate.

    Of course a sharing caring leftie would never trivialize the impact of PSTD ….oh wait.

    • taurangaruru

      The cold hard reality that she wasted years associating with all manner of lefties while getting that degree, all the while believing she was on the road to riches is what brought on her so called PTSD, anyone else would just accept the fact they made poor decisions & move on. Her ilk look to take wealth from those that did make good decisions in life.

  • dumbshit

    drug addicts” and “drug addled” in his RNZ interview, he fails to mention that drug addiction is a symptom of poverty, and low
    How about “poverty is a symptom of drug addiction”!
    Not in denial that life is tough for some, but to just wallow in blaming John Key, is probably symptomatic of why they are where they are!

  • Jaffa

    See where a useless degree can get you.

    Cleaning toilets!

  • Sally

    I would say the majority of people have faced some sort of hardship in their life, however the majority have lifted themselves from the bottom and made something for themselves.
    At one stage of my life with 3 young children my husband suddenly find himself without a job. We fought to hang on to our home so the kids had a roof over their head and some stability in their lives. Guess what Chloe, I was a paid toilet cleaner!
    Fifteen years from those dark days we became mortgage free. It is all about attitude and personal responsibility.

  • InnerCityDweller

    Thank the Lord we don’t all flip our own burgers and clean our own toilets. Poor petal wouldn’t have anything to do all day.

  • Richard

    I started my own company 10 years ago and have steadily grown it into a successful operation.

    I budgeted what we needed to live on and decided a weekly wage accordingly.
    I still pay myself the same weekly wage to this day.
    Not one pay rise, no adjustment for inflation.

    Most weeks I work in excess of 70 hours and that’s on the tools, before the admin is taken into account, so when you break it down my actual hourly rate is hovering around minimum wage.

    But slowly and surely my net position grows, because we live within our means, no Sky TV, overseas travel or superfluous spending on unneeded things.

    I bet she’s got a sweet iPhone7 though.

    • GoingRight

      Yes but wouldn’t you like just the odd treat once in a while? You are a long time dead!

    • Aucky

      Good on you Richard. I chucked in my safe 9-5 job, mortgaged the house and risked everything to gamble on my skills and go it alone rather than have my talents benefit the boss and leave me with just the dregs. I had never worked harder but my family was totally dependent on my success. Failure meant the loss of our home and everything that we had worked for.

      Chloe and her ilk do not understand the concept of self reliance. Neither do they comprehend the useless nature of studying for a degree that is essentially worthless when it comes to earning a living. Had she followed up her Fine Arts & Design degree with a business, IT or law qualification she would be a highly marketable person.

  • Dumrse

    My dad constantly reminded me that “can’t means won’t”. I offer that phrase every time I hear a whinge that says “we can’t do that!”.

    • Miss McGerkinshaw

      Also for me “can’t” really means “don’t want to enough”.
      If I really want to do something even if I don’t have the required skills or knowledge I can go and get them and then do whatever.

  • McGrath

    I started my working career on minimum wage at Foodtown during my student days. It was a great motivator to do something better! Strangely enough I’m earning a lot more years down the track because I took RESPONSIBILITY, moved on, got educated, and worked my way up. I did not whine that life wasn’t fair. If I had, I’d still be cleaning windows bitter at my life, voting Labour every three years and changing nothing.

  • Sally

    Chloe is obviously a girl with principles, however some advice from an oldie. Start cleaning up your internet image because if your CV crossed my desk as an employer one quick google search your CV would be in the bin, next one please.
    It is amazing how people limited their marketability by what they put on the internet. Human right activist won’t passed the sniff test by most employers.

  • Nebman

    It’s almost like she could do nothing about her situation. Oh, hang on.

  • Cadwallader

    My father died when I was a month old. I was raised in a state house flunked out of school at 15 then worked until I was 21 then went to University. I ended up with a couple of degrees and have worked as a self-employed professional for 40 years. Given I first saved $$$ to go to university and worked a series of crap jobs at night meant I graduated without debt. I wonder whether Chloe went straight to tertiary study from high school like a blind mouse? She could’ve honed her skills such as they are without tertiary study and without the stresses associated with this. One point in her favour is that she now seems to exist in Australia, I hope the Australians value her heroism and skills.

  • arnietm

    JK did not label ALL low waged persons as lazy etc. He said SOME are and he is 100% right.

  • Graham Sharpe

    I note that at the end of her original piece she asks for people to send her money so she can continue her activist “work”. Says it all. useless degree and a sense of entitlement! And if her language and attitude in her post reflect her language and attitude at work, it is small wonder she struggles to get a better paid job. No sensible employer would touch her!

  • Mikev

    Would be interesting to hear her employer’s side of the story. In this labour market if you get a good employee you hang onto them. Perhaps she is not as hard working or accommodating as she makes out.

  • oldmanNZ

    she chose to be a low wage worker,?
    “My name is Chloe King I am an artist, teacher (currently looking for secondary teaching work), political writer, community activist and I have been working in the low waged service industry for ten years and counting.”

    Political writer? Was that a self title.
    Teacher? experience, as a artist I suppose.

    she goes on about wealt inequalities,
    Hence she think regardless of your job, performance ect, you all should be paid the same.

    Just another ramping whinging commie who thinks they know it all.

  • WeaselKiss

    Chloe!….Oh Chloe!!
    I have six words for you:
    ‘Should have gone to law school’.

    • Sally

      Yes,a human rights lawyer much more in vogue and better paid.

  • R&BAvenger

    Great post. Welcome back. My first job was a holiday job as a kitchen hand. We all have to start somewhere.

  • goodwitheu

    Very enjoyable read and comments. Poor old Chloe. Earlier this year I returned after some years in Europe and China. Had a good gig but was sick of travelling for work in China, and the unhealthy expat scene I was getting into. Returned home and took the first thing I could find in my provincial home as a runner driver on the recycling trucks. First week was awful but then I just told myself that I am getting paid to go to gym. I’m am fit as a buck rat now (running 10km a day I guess and lifting 400 odd household bins), saved a lot, got a few tickets and licenses, and just landed a surprisingly well paid apprenticeship bee keeping! Very excited to begin shortly. Also doing some freelance work IT for clients I hounded out on the phone at night after 13 hours of throwing muck around all day. I don’t think the world is all that bad and I am in the bloody provinces… Our Chloe is in the big smoke and she still can’t make it happen? Give me a break! As for PTSD…. try having a bag off rotting crayfish pop on ya! :P hahaha Im 27

  • XCIA

    She sounds like a good candidate for the Green Party. Been to university, has more issues than you can poke a stick at and is work shy. With those sort of qualifications, the Greens would give her a good ranking on the party list.

  • Whitey

    There are a frighteningly large number of people who think they deserve a raise just for showing up. Guess what, Snowflake, in the real world you don’t get extra for meeting minimum requirements. If Chloe really works twice as hard as a CEO or a skilled worker then surely the solution is simple – all she has to do is start a business or develop a more valuable skill set and she’ll soon earn more for doing less, right? The fact that she hasn’t achieved anything like that shows even Chloe knows she’s full of it. She knows getting a highly paid job requires much more effort than she’s prepared to invest, which is why she’s sitting there whining about it instead of getting out and doing it.

  • Keanne Lawrence

    There are millions of untold stories in direct contrast to this pathetic little petal and by the way over educated toilet cleaners often require somebody to follow them to finish the job properly. By comparison a working mum will undoubtedly put any two clever clogs to shame.
    What is it with lefties that they have such a phobia about rich people? The quality of life has no relevance to a persons bank balance in fact to day if it is fact “in the bank” it is just like a fronter owning a great big SUV. They only have it put in the front driveway. AKA fronter.
    We must pose the question if such people as this poor petal actually know personally anybody that they classify as rich? Most are pretty inconspicuous who always seem to be working and even when socialising with like minded people still have their ear to the ground. They are largely rich as she might call them because of the things the won’t do. Waste their time whinging or waste their money but rather focus on the “to do” list in order to reduce the “needs” list.
    Nobody I know looks at people that way or think any less of them for how much they make or how they make it. They are out there doing it. Those who don’t carry placards over the shoulder without the chip on it while exposing themselves to ridicule by putting themselves “out there”. Then whinge about what a rotten life they have.
    No sympathy for such losers who seem to only have been bred to bleed everybody else dry. Get a haircut and get a new job.

  • Disinfectant

    The sad thing about all this is that Chloe King is unlikely to read this blog and the many very good words from the commenters.

    If only someone who knows her could just get her to sit down and read them. It might just change her life.

  • Phenandra

    Self-reliance bypass.

  • JLS

    …not to mention the latest special person gear- standing desks at great expense.

  • JLS

    Thanks for the bio- admirable Man in the Arena stuff. The entitlement mentality is certainly a problem getting way too much attention while the doers quietly just get on with it and gain the satisfaction and growth found in overcoming obstacles and achieving success through perseverance and willpower, all the while leaving the Chloe’s of the world sitting in their blaming victimhood.

  • M C Chinaman

    It was interesting reading her reaction to critics in the comments section after her article. They were dismissed as ‘sad’ and ‘nasty’, including one who wrote a particularly mild and diplomatically worded comment, which was described as a ‘rant’ she couldn’t be effed finishing.