I decided to keep count for a month. Of what? you ask. Of this, seen online in various fora:
Forty six instances of 'Do you want fries with that?'
Twenty five jibes about wait-staff. Not instances of particular wait-staff doing anything wrong; just intimations that such people as a class are unintelligent, relatively worthless, unimportant.
Seventeen references to retail workers as 'plebs' and suchlike. Ditto.
Cleaners—of office buildings, hospitals, streets and unspecified locations—came in for twenty six such jibes.
Non-counter fast-food workers ('burger-flippers' is the commonest term): nine.
Retail-staff being held responsible for things not under their control (opening hours, stocking levels and such), thirteen. Some of these were accompanied by stories of the speaker having, shall we say, loudly and vociferously given said staff a piece of their mind.
Six whinges about how various counter and wait staff had not seemed smiley enough for the customer's taste.
Twenty two other non-specific jibes about the working class, to the effect that they are low-brow, plebish, etc etc.
I've not gone looking for this. I've merely taken note of it in my normal, everyday browsing. And given the weighting of my browsing, most of it was observed in liberal venues, and spoken by people who, on any other topic, are very liberal.
Indeed, if asked about rights for the working class, they would be equally liberal: pro-union, living wage, rights to health benefits in countries where that's applicable, and all the rest of it. Which I have to say means squat to me, as a working class person, when confronted by what they actually think of me and mine, when not consciously addressing the topic. Patronising bullshit spouted in order to make them feel good about helping the poor downtrodden pleb, as if working class people are some kind of pet which, though not equal in intelligence or worth to society, should be treated kindly. Of course we should help the working class, but well, you wouldn't want your sister to marry one…
Fuck. That. Shit.
That the very people who are the worst off in society, who are the lowest paid, with the least job-security, who are persecuted by their own government and blamed by the majority of the press when they can't find work, and very often can't live on the pittance they're paid when they do, who are dressed down and denied bonuses by their bosses for trivial bullshit like not managing a sincere enough bloody McSmile… that these people should be the butt of the jokes—often repeated right in front of them—of the very people who claim to want to help them; that is beyond impolite. It is downright disgusting.
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