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Apr 08, 2019 07:34:00

Coming to America (3)

by @keni PATRON | 200 words | 346🔥 | 351💌


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My job as the cashier at KMART was a bit intense at first. There were very harsh restrictions about breaks and using the restroom. I wasn't exactly used to manual labor either so I found that standing on my feet for hours was exhausting.

What made it worse that there were 80 year old women working next to me. Almost like a machine with energy to spare and zero complaining. 

After all the work, I was looking forward to my first paycheck. 

When I got the payslip. I opened it in a hurry and looked at the top portion... It was a nice big number of two weeks of minimum wage. I smiled. I had already done the math.

Then I looked at the rest and there was a lot of information I didn't understand. Looking further down, at the bottom was the check with about 30% less of the total amount.

Are these people trying to scam me?

I will show them that I am not a fool. 
I walked straight to my manager and asked  - Where is the rest of my pay?  

With a blank expression he said -  Taxes

I felt robbed. 
Why hadn't someone told me about this?

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    @keni that sucks! but when it comes time to do your tax return, and seeing as you're working for minimum wage, you might actually get some or a lot of it back. Think of it as deferred savings.. It's always nice to get tax back :D

    Jack Lyons avatar Jack Lyons | Apr 08, 2019 18:39:01
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      @jacklyons - Yes I learnt about that later that year but that first paycheck was a shock. I still remember it vividly.

      Keni avatar Keni | Apr 09, 2019 12:48:31
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    Jack Lyons avatar Jack Lyons | Apr 08, 2019 18:37:49
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    Lol taxes!! So at the time did you think taxes was like this American thing? Or did you think it was a Kmart thing? And by thing, I mean a scam.

    Abe avatar Abe | Apr 08, 2019 14:17:10
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      @abrahamKim - I knew about taxes in general but this was my first paycheck ever. Was still a teenager then and it never occurred to me that we could literally see the big chunk of our pay go away right there in that piece of paper. I also didn't think such a large amount was deducted on every pay and from a minimum wage worker. It was a learning experience and I still remember the sting.

      Keni avatar Keni | Apr 08, 2019 11:12:28
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      @keni @abrahamKim I remember my first paycheck sting very well. It was all fun and games getting paid "under the table" as a kid, but when I saw my first paycheck I had the same shock that you did.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Apr 08, 2019 09:11:08
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