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Businesses offer $18/hour on job listing, but actually pay only $11

The person said many businesses were offering higher wages just to lure candidates to interviews before giving them low wages.

Businesses offer $18/hour on job listing, but actually pay only $11
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'The great resignation' has seen thousands of workers quit their jobs in protest of poor wages and toxic conditions over the past few months. While businesses complain of 'worker shortage,' they refuse to address the truth that there isn't a worker shortage but simply a question of companies paying poor wages. As we reported, businesses that increased wages and offered benefits to workers found a lot of takers. Workers who are taking a stand for better wages and are hoping to find businesses that pay better. A Reddit thread highlighted the companies were trying to trick job seekers by putting out job listings for higher wages to lure them into interviews before actually offering lower pay than advertised.

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One person shared his experience of finding jobs and said four companies did the same to him, including big guns such as Food Lion, Applebee's, Petland, and GameStop. They couldn't believe that such reputed companies would try to trick workers back to work and still pay them a pittance. "FOUR JOB INTERVIEWS IN A ROW has been like this," shared one person on Reddit. "This one in particular, for a management position, was especially heinous."




They couldn't believe the company had the audacity t pull this on them, and 11$ for a management position. "Is this sh*t illegal? If not, it should be. All my interviews are, at this point, me trying to suss out if they lied on the listing (they all do)," they wrote before saying they deserved a taste of their own medicine. "I'm about ready to take one of these shitty jobs, tell them I have open availability, and then not show up on Saturdays when scheduled. "Oh, you didn't think I ACTUALLY had open availability, did you? Now you're just being greedy." They then shamed the companies by naming them. "The companies are Food Lion, Applebee's, Petland, and GameStop. Petland and Applebee's weren't surprising. Also, they're listing flat rates, not $11-$18 an hour," they wrote.


They flat out refused to take the job for lower pay and walked out. "I said, 'I don't work for companies who lie to me before I'm even hired.' They had the AUDACITY to try and guilt trip me into staying by saying they're 'almost out of business' because 'nobody wants to work anymore.' Gee, I f*cking wonder why," they wrote, pointing out again why this wasn't a worker shortage issue but of businesses refusing t pay fair wages. One person echoed those thoughts, "Employers keep saying we have a labor shortage. That's entirely false. It's not a labor shortage, it's a wage shortage. When people point to all the job openings I now just point to the pay and ask "Would you work for this? No? So then why should anyone else?"



As others weighed in on the subject, it appears the art of tricking potential employees was something of an industry secret. "I had this happen a few years ago," commented one person. "When I questioned the wage discrepancy between their offer and the job posting (which I showed them), they said anything over $11/h wasn't in their budget and no one was applying so they raised it on the posting to attract applicants. They thought their "employee culture" would make people accept the lower pay." Another said why that was a nonsensical argument. "If I want groceries and walk into the same store and offer to pay 60% of the full cost of said groceries, I’d get laughed the f*ck out of the store. Yet they get mad at us when we do this with our labor," they wrote.




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