Ignorant hyperbole

A day at ‘the gulag’: what it’s like to work at Sports Direct’s warehouse

Jeesus, get a grip people. It may well be a shitty job but it just doesn’t compare to Гла́вное управле́ние лагере́й.

Roughly free market roughly capitalism just never does come close to the horrors of socialism.

25 thoughts on “Ignorant hyperbole”

  1. Guardian undercover reporters explore retailer’s working practices – from losing wages for being a minute late to body searches and constant fear of being sacked.

    So, don’t be late. If you see your mates nicking stuff, dob them in (I don’t think SD search people for reasons of perviness). Be a good, keen, polite employee and you i) won’t be sacked and ii) will be a store manager in two years and regional manager in five.

  2. The article is laughable.

    The place employs Eastern Europeans mostly who have come here –supposedly–because wages are higher. The wage is 6.70 an hour. Presumably minimum wage must be paid–tho the G-string says that many are paid less–how exactly if MW is the law?

    It is boring work–what do they expect from minimum wage unskilled? They have to walk 20 miles a day. As did old-fashioned postys.

    People chivvy them from loudspeakers. And those poor PG Tips chimps had that nasty foreman tell them ” A little less joviality lads”. Oh no–the horror, the oppression!. Most people who have ever had a blue-collar job will have been told to “shut up and get on with it” or “too much talking” at some point–or at the very least witnessed others being told the same.

    The company seems to be run by dickheads who think they are James Bond villians–transparent bags/ no branded gear (in case it isn’t theirs?) and worst of all fingerprints. They can shove that up their arse. No fucking job is worth handing over fingerprints for.

    Most of all–a Gulag where you can tell the bosses to fuck off and walk out of isn’t much of a Gulag.

    Noteworthy tho’ is the shear brass neck of socialist twats at the G-string using the word Gulag without acknowledging the irony.

  3. It’s hard on the youngsters, being coddled all their lives and told they are all special, and finding out they actually have to work isn’t it?

    Christ! What the hell do they think you are supposed to do in a warehouse but pick and pack quickly, accurately and not steal shit? You can just see the horror on their faces. Oh my God! You mean I have to walk to pick things?! Why can’t we all have those expensive Segways to get about on. Use a pen!?! What is this, the Middle Ages?!? Why can’t we use an expensive computer system that breaks down every other day to pick things with??

    Oh and there is a reason why these places use temp workers from agencies…you can sack them if they are blithering idiots who can’t read, write or pick without nicking things. Try doing that to permanent staff…serious hoop jumping and you’d best get it right else you get whacked by the state with a large fine or sued into bankruptcy.

  4. Notice that those twats do not suggest :”let’s create a better company with a better working environment where all the workers will flock”.

  5. Crazed Weevil: ‘It’s hard on the youngsters, being coddled all their lives and told they are all special, and finding out they actually have to work isn’t it?’

    Nail/head interface successfully achieved!

  6. You know they didn’t infiltrate Sports Direct to tell a warm human interest story about industrious people working hard for a good employer. They went there looking for evidence to support a view that they already held – and they would have made sure they found it. In what world can you imagine a Guardian reporter coming back with a story saying ‘actually, it’s not that bad’.

  7. meanwhile, the Guardian is advertising jobs paying £7/hr in London, which won’t go as far as £6.50/hr does in Mansfield.

  8. Yes gulags were peculiar to socialist countries so that would include bleeding heart liberal UK ,Sweden etc?The boring Mr Ecks trick now shamefully adopted by TW is to bracket all left-wing governments together so the UK during its brief Socialist period after the war is equivalent to Soviet Russia at its most paranoid while under attack from the West .How different from the glorious sun of Communist China rising in the East which we can do business with even trusting them to design and build nuclear (bomb) stations!I Tell you what lets lump all right-wing governments in together:Britain Nazi Germany ,all Fascist!

  9. Well thankfully, as a bit of a libertarian, I think both lefties and righties and their ballbag extremities are all a bunch of cunts.

  10. DBCR – are you seriously asserting that Soviet Russia was under attack from the West in the 1930s, or even in the 1950s or even the 1960s? It was only attacked by a barking mad left-wing dictator called Adolf Hitler in the 1940s, hardly a representative of the West.

  11. The fingerprints thing sounds like one of the modern replacements for the old fashioned timecard systems. Any fingerprint would only be stored as a hashed value and would probably be very low res anyway.

    And as for why they don’t use a swipe card/timecard system? Its a lot harder to clock your mate in on the sly if you need his finger

  12. “Rhyds: “And as for why they don’t use a swipe card/timecard system? Its a lot harder to clock your mate in on the sly if you need his finger”

    And how many billions is the employer going to lose on such a swipecard scam?. Peanuts.

    Again no job is worth handing over fingerprints or any other biometric shit. The corporate socialist goons are putting the chains on us any way they can. To help them for minimum wages is double-dumb.

    Reed:”Yes gulags were peculiar to socialist countries so that would include bleeding heart liberal UK ,Sweden etc?”

    UK/Sweden are infested with socialism like an otherwise healthy dog rotten with fleas. Both nations are in danger of being flushed down the pan by leftist evil. But left-scum have never seized full power over them. Corbyn awaits.

    “The boring Mr Ecks”

    Boring indeed–down to the truth which mightily upsets the likes of you.

    ” trick now shamefully adopted by TW is to bracket all left-wing governments together”

    All murderers are bad–but some are much worse than others. A few started out meaning well but took the wrong road–which is what some numbnuts judge told Ted Bundy but still…

    “so the UK during its brief Socialist period after the war is equivalent to Soviet Russia at its most paranoid while under attack from the West .”

    See Diogenes above–“attack from the West”= disgraceful excuse for innate socialist evil.

    Still harping on this shite of the mythical golden age of UK socialism. Yes–Atlee was not Uncle Joe or any of the other cunts ( Christian Socialism to use IanB ‘s phrase) but he and the rest were still full of shit. Yes, for a time socialism was able to parasite off the market(–which is why the whole “fascist”–ie corporate socialist– malarkey also came about . They wanted the tyranny of socialism but also a market to vampirise and keep them going rather than have the usual socialist economic disaster). Atlee was a corporate socialist (which is why the phrase is a much better label than “fascist”) who was able to play himself with the NHS and nationalisation by using market structures already successful to build his house of cards on. It couldn’t last and it didn’t.

    “How different from the glorious sun of Communist China rising in the East which we can do business with even trusting them to design and build nuclear (bomb) stations!I ”

    The Chicoms are now switched to corporate socialism although the vast and corrupt network of Party-boy scum remain as an active legacy of state socialist bungling. As for them building nukes. What is to stop various grades of corporate socialists playing their scams on each other and the mass of humanity at large? Of course all these international creeps will seek advantage in doing various dirty deals with each other. Has anything in my various writings given you the impression I am a fan of BluLabour and Messrs OsBurke and PigFuck Ltd.( “Mr OsBurke died seven years ago this very night. But his liberality is well-represented by his re-animated corpse now serving in Cabinet”).

    “Tell you what lets lump all right-wing governments in together:Britain Nazi Germany ,all Fascist!”

    They ARE all corporate socialists. Only the degree of their nastiness and the scope of their desire to dictate varies.

  13. Rhyds,

    “The fingerprints thing sounds like one of the modern replacements for the old fashioned timecard systems. Any fingerprint would only be stored as a hashed value and would probably be very low res anyway.”

    I know a large company that Will Hutton was recently seen wanking over that has fingerprint scanners all over the place.

    You can’t one-way hash them, but really, do I care much about an employer having my fingerprints? Honestly, no. If someone really wanted my fingerprints, they could just pick a coffee cup off my desk to get one.

    The main thing about fingerprints is that no-one forgets them. And they’re becoming more common because it’s cheap.

  14. The Stigler

    The Co-op use them for clocking staff on and off at their supermarkets, and you can’t get much more guardian friendly than that.

  15. The problem with those finger print door access systems is that they don’t friggin’ work. By the time I actually get a green light in the morning (with the one finger that ever works) I’m ready to punch the receptionist in the fuckin’ face.

    And in terms of privacy, I don’t care.

  16. And I really do not believe that local people to Mansfield use the word “Gulag” to describe a warehouse any more than they use the words “quinoa” or “microaggression”.

  17. @Dio
    A return to humdrum red-baiting unfortunately, but considering your hard work on developers land banks I will refrain from calling you a fascist which is what I intend to call anybody right of centre in the way people lump Attlee and Stalin together as socialists on here .
    Do you not realise that the UK invaded Russia in WWI to attack the Bolshseviks continuing up till 1920?Thereafter Russia was scared stiff of appeasement which was not some peace and love mission but an attempt, ultimately successful with Barbarossa, to encourage Hitler to attack Russia. Meanwhile nuclear weapons were dropped on Japanese cities to further frighten the Russians who were winning the European war for us( despite whatever Churchill allegedly agreed via Hess).

  18. I used to be penalised if I was a minute late for work in the job I had long ago in the US. (I don’t know if I’d have been penalised in my British jobs since I was never late for them – not being dependent on public transport.) Bravely I somehow survived.

  19. Reed: . It is little wonder that you are nostalgic for the 50s because most of your tired old lying leftist horseshit excuses for evil are straight out of the 50s red playbook.

    “Do you not realise that the UK invaded Russia in WWI to attack the Bolshseviks continuing up till 1920?2

    Boo Hoo. A shame we didn’t win and butcher the red bastards. That way millions of Russians and the children they never lived to have would still be alive.

    “Thereafter Russia”

    Not Russia-soviet socialist scum.

    ” was scared stiff of appeasement which was not some peace and love mission but an attempt, ultimately successful with Barbarossa, to encourage Hitler to attack Russia. ”

    So Adolf welching on his chummy deal with Uncle Joe–two socialist turds holding hands turns sour–was really OUR fault all along. We encouraged der Fuhrer to have a go. Despite being at war with us he still took our advice.

    “Meanwhile nuclear weapons were dropped on Japanese cities to further frighten the Russians ”

    There you go with that “Russians” bullshit again Reed. The place for aggressive expansionary socialist tyranny to be is good and scared.

    “who were winning the European war for us( despite whatever Churchill allegedly agreed via Hess).2

    Those cunts were pals and allies of Adolf. They supplied him with petrol and munitions and had their agitators undermine French morale and help the Nazi bastard anyway they could. So their deal went pear-shaped and they had to fight. Too bad. Which most did for Mother Russia not the shite spewed by Lenin and the rest. Don’t you fucking dare insult our people who died or the blood and treasure we spilled with any of your bollocks about how they won the war for us.

  20. Once during an upgrade a vendor tried to sell us on fingerprints, in the end we had them come in for a real world demo and picked a handful of shop floor guys, one of them they couldn’t even register a useable print, the failure rate of the rest was high and the screen had to be cleaned of oil/grease/etc for each user. Fingerprints aren’t a magic way of dropping cards despite the vendor claims.

  21. @Mr X So now Hitler, Stalin and Attlee are all equally socialist.You would have no defence against me calling you a Fascist should I choose to lower myself to your level ( which I decline to do still having some personal standards).

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