Hateful comments aside--and as a woman who works out religiously and is committed to a healthy lifestyle, but is 5'9", 6 months pregnant, and weighing in at over 200, some of the comments were pretty damn un-funny--it does seems as if they should invest in some sturdier equipment. The obesity epidemic is a real problem, to be sure, but so is the economic crisis and it does not behoove a small business to implement a policy that is bound to alienate its customers.
Thanks, Dave. If counseling licensure and teaching licensure work similarly, and I think they do, the process is often part of the degree program. It's been eight years ago for me, but I recall needing several letters of recommendation and internship evaluations from my professors and program advisors in order to obtain my initial certification.
Okay, I did a little additional research on this case, and it is a school counseling degree she's going for. Which means she won't have "clients," she'll be working with CHILDREN. The ramifications of what someone like this might say to a child who is struggling with sexual identity are absolutely heartbreaking.
If she plans on engaging in practices that conflict with the American Counseling Assocition's code of ethics, issues of licensure and accreditation come into play, do they not? That would be my only issue with keeping her in the program; although I disagree vehemently with her viewpoint, free speech is too valuable a commodity to compromise. I'd like to know more about her career plans. If she wants to work in one of those programs that purport to "cure" homosexuality, then whatever, her degree might as well have come from a Cracker Jack box anyway. If, however, she intends to counsel, say, in a public school, then the prospect of loosing her upon the world with the proper credentials is terrifying.
When you can make ends meet on $2.14 an hour plus a piddly 10-15% of your total sales, then I suppose you can suggest that 20% or more is too much. So-called "tip inflation" is no different than any other kind of inflation...it's an inevitable fact of life...with the significant difference that the extra is going to support an actual human being rather than some faceless corporation, right?
If you're a teacher and you hate your job, you're in the wrong line of work. Quit and go sell aluminum siding or something before your negativity rubs off on a kid. The only parallel between teachers and garbage men is that we do a difficult job for which we receive little recognition.
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