Our gross profit is plummeting. We give out thousands of dollars per week in gift cards. My employer is slashing hours for pharmacists and technicians. All signs indicate that we're losing money. Therefore, you can imagine my surprise when I opened up my most recent pay check and found a nice fat bonus in it.
The bonus wasn't along the lines of those handed out to those AIG executives. However, it was pretty sizable for a staff pharmacist working in my company. Put it this way: The bonus was larger than the previous 2 years combined. In fact, it was about three times as large.
Now I like money as much as the next person. However, the fact that I'm not a greedy bastard makes me object to this bonus. The company is hemorrhaging money with all it's new programs and promotions. They're cutting hours all across the chain in order to deal with this loss of revenue. However, they still manage to find money to give pharmacists a bonus.
I make well over $100,000/yr. I don't need a fucking bonus. If any of my fellow pharmacists can't live comfortably on our salaries, then they (like seemingly everyone else in this country) are spending way too much money. I would much rather the company not give us bonuses and use that money to better fund the pharmacy department. Maybe if they weren't giving these bonuses, they wouldn't have to cut the hours of full-time technicians who don't make 6-figures and depend on every dime they can get to support themselves.
My way of thinking seems to be frowned upon in this country though. It makes sense to me that if there's some cash to spare then it should go to the people who need cash the most. Apparently, that's "spreading the wealth around," and that kind of philosophy leads to the evils of socialism. It's against the "American Dream," which from what I can tell, is to take whatever you can get your hands on, always want more, and demolish anyone or anything that gets in your way of getting more.
We should all be thankful people like me aren't running this country though. Things might be a little fairer, and who would want that?