On my way home from work today not only do I have to endure Barack (the) Obama-nation saying “progress takes sacrifice, progress takes faith”, (which translates to ‘anyone with anything worthy may be subject to being sacrificed and no one should question it’) but I got another little joy care of ‘government’.
I was looking for a AAA office so I could drop off payment on my government-mandated car insurance policy. I forgot to stop at the office by work and knew of one near home but found it was closed. So I drove around the strip malls along I-94 to see if I could find an office or that perhaps they had moved the old one to somewhere nearby.
I didn’t have any luck with that but found myself near the ‘Michigan Works‘ office. For any unfamiliar with this, it is a division of Michigan’s Unemployment agency that allows businesses to post jobs both locally and on a state-run website, and allows users to post resumes on that website and search for jobs. I work a seasonal job summers and the season is almost up, so I figured as long as I was nearby I’d take a quick look at the job board to see what was listed locally. I walked in the door and turned to go toward the posted jobs.
“Did you sign in?” said a woman behind the counter to me.
“I’m just checking the job board real quick,” I said still walking.
“Well, you need to sign in sir,” she said back rather matter-of-factly.
I stopped, returned to the desk and looked for where I was supposed to sign in, but still asked, “Why do I need to sign in? I just need to look at your listings.”
Rather than answer the question, and without directing me specifically where to sign in, she instead asked another question. “Are you in our system?”
“I’m just here to look at the jobs you post,” I answered again and grabbed a pen to sign in on the only thing that looked like something you could sign in on.
“Well you need to sign in. Are you registered in the JET system?” I noticed that the sign-in sheet said ‘JET’ on the top of it.
I still hadn’t started writing yet. “I am not currently unemployed mam, I work a seasonal job but it’s set to run out in a month. I just wanted to take a quick look at the job board now so I could see if anything was available ‘before’ the season ran out. But you still haven’t answered my question, why do I need to sign in to look at a bulletin board?”
Again she failed to answer the question, eluding to some half-baked comment about ‘policy’ then asked, “Do you have any ID? We’ll need to check to make sure you are ‘in the system’.”
“I don’t need to be ‘in’ any system. I just want to see if there are any jobs!!!” At which point I marched out of the office. I regret now that I didn’t just tell her ‘pardon me mam, but I don’t have time for this nonsense’ and marched over to the job board, but I knew what the result would be – some administrative type making a big to do about nothing trying to justify their own lack of ability to do anything other than be a bureaucrat.
Needless to say, this is something I’m going to bitch soundly at my congressman about, but seeing as how he’s a progressive liberal, I seriously doubt it will go anywhere.