Justin McLeod's Blog

July 20, 2012
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Worst Job Ever

If you are a frequent reader of my blog then you know I love movies.  I go almost every weekend.  So you may be surprised to hear one of my worst jobs was working at a movie theater.  It happened when I was in college in Boston.  Sure, I got free movie tickets, but when you are in college, you don't have time to go often.  

It was a terrible job for many reasons.  The company was obsessed with upselling.  Managers would hang sheets in the breakroom listing who sold the most large combos.  I was usually on the bottom of the list.  I just couldn't understand why we needed to convince people to buy a medium, rather than a small drink when you got free refills.  Managers would also count the cups before you started your shift because they didn't want you stealing or giving them away free.  Total silliness.

I learned early on, the popcorn isn't fresh.  It is usually days old.  We popped and bagged it for use later in the week.  One day I was put in charge of making the popcorn.  Big mistake.  At one point, the popcorn machine ran out of oil.  I added some, but unfortunately I hooked it back up the wrong way.  I went to press the button releasing the oil and it started gushing out all over the floor.  I couldn't stop it.  It was a mess to clean up.  

Tuesday afternoons were typically slow.  I worked the concession stand by myself.  One day, this woman comes storming out of a theater and yells, "I demand to see a manager."  I said "ma'am what's the matter?"  She screamed back- there are two homeless men doing inappropriate things (sexual) in the theater.  I got the managers.  They were both women and refused to go in.  Instead, they called the police.  A couple of officers showed up 90 minutes later.  By that time, the two homeless men knew something was up and left.  

The job wasn't always bad.  One afternoon I was working the ticket booth when Neil Patrick Harris walked up to buy a ticket.  I knew immediately who he was.  Keep in mind this was after Doogie Howser, but before he became popular again with "How I Met Your Mother."  I didn't have the guts to say anything to him.  Oh well, I missed my chance.

Needless to say, I lasted one semester.  I went home for Christmas break and never returned.  It is the only time I didn't actually quit a job.  Looking back, it was rude, but I must say I don't miss working at the movie theater.   


November 17

Child Sex Abuse

The Penn State sex abuse case has produced plenty of outrage, as it should.  The magnitude of the outrage has baffled me a bit.  I don't understand why there hasn't been a similar reaction to other cases.

Take the sex abuse scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church.  Cardinal Bernard Law was the Archbishop of Boston.  There is ample evidence he knew priests were molesting children and he covered it up.  We are not talking about a few priests or a few children.  For example, John Geoghan was accused of abusing at least seven young boys in 1984.  What did Law do?  He approved Geoghan's transfer to another parish.  This is just one example.  There are many more.  Cardinal Law eventually resigned as Archbishop of Boston.  He never went to jail.  Instead, Law was reassigned to the Vatican where he remains today.  What a slap in the face to all those victims.  Joe Paterno is gone but now Law?  This doesn't make any sense.  Certainly, there was outrage when Law moved to Vatican but not on the same level as the Penn State situation.  Why?  I am not sure.

In an interview with Bob Costas this week, Former assistant Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky admitted to taking showers with young boys.  Again, people are outraged.  They should be.  It is disgusting and inappropriate.  What I don't get is that a few years ago Michael Jackson admitted in an interview that he allowed young boys to sleep in his bed.  If you don't want to believe Jackson was a child molester fine but why is it ok for him to sleep with boys?  He should have known better.  Where was the outrage then?

While I am at it, I don't believe a child molester can be rehabilitated.  Some believe they should be sent to counseling rather than jail.  I strongly disagree.  If you sexually abuse a child you should be punished.  It is that simple.  It is my opinion when you sexually abuse a child you are screwing up that kid for the rest of their life.  I am not saying we should put a child molester away for the rest of their life but they deserve some jail time. 

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