"How much do you make"

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by UPSER110, Oct 10, 2016.

  1. UPSER110

    UPSER110 Active Member

    Standing at a gas station today waiting to get a sig. some guy just randomly asks how much I make.. I was like what? Hes like "is it $30?" I said it depends you start out part time for several years around minimum wage.. he kept trying to ask and I just got the sig ignored him and walked out..

    Why do people think its acceptable to just ask how much I make? This isn't the first time it happened but most of the time people just ask in small talk but guys first words were just asking me how much I make.
     
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  2. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    I've never seen why people are secretive about how much they make.


    With that said I usually just respond enough. Or if they say man you make the big bucks. I just say yeah.
     
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  3. UPSER110

    UPSER110 Active Member

    Eh, I just dont think its appropriate to ask, or answer.. You and everyone here knows what it took to get this job, and the BS we have had to deal with along the way. How do you think some people would react when I say with overtime I'm pushing 100k.
     
  4. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    Why do you care how some stranger reacts?

    Or even how a friend reacts?


    If they are hung up on what I make I don't care if they like me anyway.
     
  5. 35years

    35years Active Member

    The public has the attitude that we have an easy, no pressure job that they could easily do. So they think we should not be compensated so well.

    A University of Ohio study showed that the UPS driver position is among the most stressful jobs in the nation. You make an excellent point about having to put in your years at one of the worst part time jobs. Additionally UPS workers are hurt on the job more than any other company. Look at the beaten down veteran drivers for a clue on the toll it takes on your body.

    We all know how few have what it takes to stick it out long enough to make a career out of their job at UPS.
     
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  6. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    Bingo we know we've earned it so why bother worrying about what joe (drinks a case on the front porch every day) thinks?
     
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  7. 35years

    35years Active Member

    It is quite rude to ask how much we make. Implied in the question is the attitude that we don't deserve what we make, a kind of snobbishness. Could you image saying that to a doctor?
     
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  8. DriveInDriveOut

    DriveInDriveOut The One Who Knocks

    I always respond "almost enough".
     
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  9. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    Who cares though?


    I get a good laugh out of them and move on with my day. I just don't see why anyone would spend more than 2 seconds thinking about it.
     
  10. DriveInDriveOut

    DriveInDriveOut The One Who Knocks

    Only reason I won't tell people is because we all eventually make the same amount. I've got no problem with people knowing but for whatever reason other drivers might not want people, especially their customers, to know.
     
  11. 35years

    35years Active Member

  12. ibleedbrown

    ibleedbrown Active Member

    benefits, insurance, pension, paid vacations, paid optional days, paid holidays, checks that don't bounce, job security, union representation, tuition reimbursement etc etc at the end of the day i consider myself blessed
     
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  13. Knothead

    Knothead WTF?

    I always say, "58 cents a minute." It doesn't sound like you're bragging, and it's the truth. Most aren't smart enough to figure it out.
     
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  14. Richard Harrow

    Richard Harrow Deplorable.

    I'm rarely asked but when it comes up its usually in the form of a statement/question like "well you guys make a lot of money, right?" to which I always reply "define 'a lot' of money because that's a relative question".

    When they name some laughable amount like $19 an hour I give a snarky reply like "yeah, I make a fortune."
     
  15. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    I would have turned the question around on him.
     
  16. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    "Earned it?" Keep in mind that we are talking about a job which requires nothing more than a HS diploma and drivers license.
     
  17. Wally

    Wally Hailing from Parts Unknown.

    Just answer $95 a hour plus overtime!
     
  18. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    A few months ago I did have a consignee remark that my job must get boring after a while. The look on his face when I told him how much I made last year was priceless.
     
  19. 11HourRequest

    11HourRequest Active Member

    This is good point

    I think also, it kinda falls into that caregory of, Its not what you ask, but how you ask it. If someone i dont know, just walks over, and blurts out, "How much do you guys make?", idk thats just weird and a little intrusive.
     
  20. UPSER110

    UPSER110 Active Member

    Because Joe on the front porch might help me out in the snow and take a package for his neighbor up the road or Sally at the receiving dock will always go the extra mile helping me unload their 50 boxes. Once these people know how much I make they might have the attitude of "do it your damn self, you make $XX on the hour"
     
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