Currently I have three jobs and almost no money coming in.Not enough to cover rent. How did this happen?
It began back in
Newcastle ( Australia) when we took the short lease option
because we planned to go to
for a working holiday. Working holiday?
Surely that is a misnomer. We had hoped we could stay in the house for an extra
month or so but the owner decided to sell. Very quickly our January departure
became November and we rushed to get our work permits processed in time. Canada
|Not allowed to work with children nor as a stripper.|
Oh, the naivety of a well-paying job!
brother warned me– “You’ll get paid shit in
But he was forgetting the
tips. Over a hundred dollars a night they said. Maybe it's true,
if you won the beauty contest at the open interviews for servers at the sports bars. If only I had pushed my boobs up to my chin.*
|an hour of work|
A friend got me onto an admin temp agency. It seems all those sad afternoons as a fourteen year old teaching myself to touch type paid off. To the tune of $12-13/hr. The work is great but sadly inconsistent- a couple of days here and there. In a dramatic panic when my week's earnings didn't cover my weekly transit card, I went back to that dark place, Craigslist and also canvassed supermarket job boards.
After a taste of the admin high life, getting the job stocking shelves at the supermarket was a little depressing. Not because of the work or the shelf-packer status, but going back to $10.25. I actually don’t know if the work sucks because I haven’t started. In a timeline of slowness it has been: phone interview and online psycho-screening survey, in-person interview a week later (passed the psycho test), orientation two weeks later and now waiting for training. As for the third job with a catering company, the numerous reports of being enticed to the manager’s house when his fiance is away hasn’t really encouraged me to go and buy all the necessary uniform requirements.
|$10 = nearly four rides on the subway|
|$10 = a medium beer at the NBA|
Why am I whinging about minimum wage? Why did I move to
’s biggest city then complain
about the cost of living? Why am I asking then answering my own questions? The
answer to the last one is ‘cause I’m in Canada North America,
and that’s how it’s done. The answer to the first is because I don’t think
people know how rough they have it. Toronto is
the fourth largest city in North America– cop that Chi-City!– so no doubt more expensive than other cities. Problem is, it
doesn’t match the wage. Minimum wage is nearly half of what you would get in but rent is nowhere near close to half. And if you mention the wage, people will call themselves lucky not to have the American wage. Sydney
The harsh realities of running away from a career. You may address your sympathies to Peta Pan.
* I do actually have quite a bit of hospitality experience, embellished only slightly on my resume.