I go to the grocery store and there is this old lady bagging groceries. She is nice enough, but she is shrunken " maybe 4’ 8” if she is lucky " with one of those hunched backs. I worry that she able to do such work " lifting the bags and such and I begin to help bag as well.
I am noticing this more and more. Old people working. Does it bother you when you see an old person working? Are they capable " physically do to the job? Do you feel, out of respect, the need to help them (ie like my bagging above)? Do you avoid the line with the old person (suspecting they are going to be sllllooooowwww)?
I love this post.
Sympathetic and dismissive at the same time.
I particularly like the strategy of avoiding the line with the aged bagger.
Which bothers you the most:
That she will slow down your shopping chore?
That you will feel compelled to help her?
Don't get me wrong, I intend no
If its the former then use your excellent solution - avoid her line. If it's the latter than I would counsel you to let her do her job. It's unlikely that your Supermarket is in the practice of exploiting old people. If they didn't think she could safely do the job they wouldn't have hired her. Aside from any humanitarian concerns, they have a financial motivation to avoid employee injuries.
It's unfortunate that every senior in America cannot retire as comfortably as they would like, and that social security alone cannot accomodate their needs or wants, but as many on this thread have pointed out, a lot of seniors work not because they have to but because they want to. In any case we can't afford to pay the SS benefits currently in place; there's virtually no chance that they will be increased.
Few young people give a lot of thought to retirement, and who can blame them. Unfortunately though, unless you are a public sector employee, traditional pensions have gone the way of dinosaurs, and even if they had not, the days of remaning with one employer for a life time have.
It drives me nuts when young people don't take full advantage of 401K plans offered by their employers. If the employer is matching contributions, and many do to one degree or another, there is no better investment. Where else can you get a consistent 25% 50% or even 100% return?
They should also contribute the max allowed beyond the employer contribution level due to the tax defferal feature of these plans.
They should then forget about them until they are ready to retire.
I convinced my son to enroll in the 401K plan at his job and he was amassing a nice nest egg. Unfortunately, the money was burning a hole in his brain and he cashed it out, and took a tax beating.
Youth is wasted on the young.