Let's all take the opportunity ITT to post examples of how we, unlike Zeitguiest, have been able to pick and choose where we work due to our ethical beliefs, or have left jobs upon finding out we disagreed with something the company did on a moral standpoint.
For me, when I was desperate to get out of marketing, I was looking for retail jobs. I refused to interview at the many opportunities I had a places like Rent-A -Center or Aaron's because I believed they just took advantage of poor people and I couldn't live with myself selling some or a couch he can't afford for $50 a month and then repo'ing it a few months before he had it paid off.
For me it was a tech startup I worked at, which had another office in China and was a 50/50 split between gook and white employees. Our office was in a highrise in the financial district of Boston.
When news broke about the marathon bombing all the white people (including myself) were pretty shaken up. We were all just kinda looking around wondering "What the fuck is going on?" while the Asians continued to mash away code, from their keyboards. Don't think any of them as much as looked up from their monitors, when they heard the news.
My first inclination was to call my dad, since he lived about 150 yards away from the bombing site and might have been at the finish line, when it happened. This was before the public was informed about the cell phone blackout, in the Copley area. I call his phone and get nothing. Don't really remember how it went but I think it rang twice and clicked out. No voicemail. My dad has doctor diagnosed OCD. He NEVER lets his phone battery die, plus he has an old, black and white, geezer phone, with a battery life of 10 hours.
I sheepishly announced that my dad isn't picking up his phone, I'm not even getting a voicemail, he lives in the Copley area, might have been at the finish line and I'm gonna run to his apartment to make sure he's there. My chink boss's reply was "When will you be back?"
If this was STDH.txt or an internet badass story, my reply would have been "never" and that would be the end. Truth is, my adrenaline was going, my thoughts weren't "collected" and I didn't really process just how fucked up it was, for him to have the audacity to ask me when I'll be back to work, when we're in the middle of a terrorist attack and I'm not sure if my dad is alive or dead. I just ignored him, left the building and made a b-line for my dad's apartment. (He was fine, when I got there)
The next day at work, (whenever we got back after the lockdown) the chink CEO who initially asked me when I'd be back from the terrorist zone sent out a really templated, markety "So sowey" donotreply style email to all employees and everyone on our client contact list. Never spoke a word about it, in person. Never acknowledged it, aside from that email. Never showed a modicum of sympathy.
I'm one of the least touchy-feeley people on earth. I'm a Masshole, born and raised. A respectful, appropriate showing of condolences or sympathy, IMO would be that face you make where you cock your eyebrows up, tilt your head to the side a little, do a quick mouth-frown and shrug your shoulders. = Got it. Thanks for showing your support. I genuinely appreciate your sympathy.
These goddamn chinks didn't budge. Complete and utter robots. Literally all I expected was a phony "oh wow"
and didn't even get that. Few weeks later, I got in a fight with the chink CEO over a mass email sent out to our clients, when our service was temporarily down. My words were "You're being a money grubbing piece of shit who doesn't understand American culture," with memories of what happened, in that office, on the day of the bombing. Two hours later, I was filling out my exit paperwork, in front of the white/Bostonian CFO who had his teeth clinched down on his lower lip, to keep from smiling.