Did you see that piece in the news a couple of weeks ago about the former Cosby Show actor, Geoffrey Owens, who was ‘caught’ bagging groceries at a Trader Joe’s in New Jersey? He was shamed for it by some news outlets that included a non-flattering photo of him.
But then the tides turned. Actor and Former NFL player Terry Crews saw it and tweeted, “I swept floors AFTER the NFL. If need be, I’d do it again. Good honest work is nothing to be ashamed of.” Former King of the Hill actress Pamela Adlon then tweeted, “I had been a working actor for years. Jobs stopped, as they do. I worked in retail. At a flower shop. I passed out flyers. It’s about the work. Work gives you pride and purpose.”
Today I run a company but started my career hauling bags of sand and cleaning swimming pools for $1.61/hour. I still get a lot of satisfaction from painting a bathroom, fixing a switch or cleaning the garage. I too would go back to that type of work in a heartbeat if need be.
At Marlin, we specialize in helping companies reach workers at all levels. Every day, over a million employees see our screens. We’re very aware of the work they do and the pride they take in them. It feels great to make a product that helps instill satisfaction and purpose in people’s lives.
I salute Geoffrey Owens, Pamela Adlon, and every other person who works for a living. I have no time for people who mock them.