Long time reader Milo was kind enough to send me this article, which discusses a bakery in Yonkers, NY with an open door policy on new hires. It seems that anyone walking in off the street will be considered for a job as long as a position is open.
The business is getting some free publicity about this policy, mainly because standard practices to filter undesirables from those seeking a job are done away with. No resumes, background checks, letters of recommendation, or past employment history is required. If someone is a recovering drug addict or convicted felon, they are given a job as long as they apply when workers are needed.
This hiring procedure has apparently worked well for the bakery. Proof that society is prejudiced against those few who made a few mistakes in their past? Vindication for the Liberal canard that all it takes to make a career criminal into a productive member of society is a job and a fair shake after they have served their time?
The author of the article I linked to above would certainly have you think so, and the people running the bakery waste no time patting themselves on the back for being oh so concerned about their fellow man. But I notice that, while the jobs offered at the bakery are entry level positions, the workers who are hired are not treated as entry level workers.
I’ve had my share of minimum wage jobs, and management at all of them wanted me to start producing as quickly as possible. Cookies needed to be baked, ditches needed to be dug, toilets needed to be scrubbed.
Training consisted of following around a more experienced employee for two or three days. Monkey see, monkey do. I had to get my ass in gear and sling that mop. After all, the vomit on the floor in the Ladies Room wasn’t going to clean itself!
This changed when I moved up to more skilled labor. Training would take place over weeks instead of days. The paychecks were bigger, but there was a lot more to remember as well.
This is how the bakery trains the “entry level” workers they hire for minimum wage scutwork. “New workers go through an intensive training period and a 10-month apprenticeship.” This is simply remarkable! The current job I have now is fairly technical, and I didn’t have any experience in the field, yet I was fairly well trained in less than a month. To spend that kind of time on people who are going to haul bags of flour around and mix up batter is something I never heard of before. With such long-term scrutiny being leveled against new employees, no wonder the company doesn’t have to bother with any sort of pre-hire screening process. If their employees are the recidivist type, it is unlikely they will be able to control their darker impulses for such a long period of time.
Anyone who has ever worked in law enforcement will tell you that those with multiple felony convictions have probably made a lifestyle choice that they aren’t going to change anytime soon. The same people keep committing crimes again and again. Catch them red-handed and you will probably just have to arrest them again in a few years because they will go back to their old ways very soon after being released from jail.
It has been my experience that it is possible for someone to turn their life around and follow the straight and narrow if they have been convicted of only one felony. If they get punished but still decide to turn their hand to crime then, the occasional exception notwithstanding, it is a pretty sure bet that they are without the quality of redemption.
There is some speculation in the article that other companies may follow the trail blazed by the bakery, and hire without bothering with a screening process. I suppose it is possible, if the company in question is rich enough to have a supervisor follow around the new guys for ten months while they scrub out toilets.