Friday, August 17, 2018

Feds consider tips a wage but provincial government does not... confusing...

If you are a server in Alberta legally you are suppose to declare your tips as part of your wage so the CRA aka the Canadian Revenue Agency so they can tax you.  This would suggest that tips are indeed part of a wage since you get taxed on wages.  I know most servers only declare a small amount or no amount.  I imagine the kitchen staff which often gets a piece of the tip pie also rarely declares the full amount but in theory if you get tips you are suppose to declare those tips so the federal government can tax them.  

At the provincial level those tips are magic beans and do not exist when it comes to determining an employee's wage.  It doesn't matter that a server could be making an additional $30.00 an hour from tips, the wage that server makes is the amount listed on the pay slip the employer gives the employee every two weeks.  This matters because provincial governments get to set things like minimum wage.  In Alberta minimum wage is going up to 15 an hour.  Restaurant owner doesn't get any credit for creating a mechanism where a server can earn 45.00 an hour with tips.  The provincial government just sees the hourly wage on the play slip blissfully unaware that the server is taking home far more than minimum wage. 

I don't own a restaurant or a pub so this doesn't affect me directly.  I do think it is ridiculous that the federal government through it's taxation is saying tips are indeed part of a servers wage whereas the provincial government by not having tips count as a wage is saying no tips are not a wage.  Lets give these food establishments recognition for creating a way where people can earn far more than minimum wage and stop pretending tips are not part of a wage at the provincial level.  

Thanks for listening...

Master Iceman

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Stop blaming Faceook, WhatsApp, Twitter and other social media platforms for people being stupid.

I am tired of people blaming the social media platforms we use for the stupidity of mankind.

If you read a story on facebook, take it as gospel, go out and kill someone you are an idiot! Please do not have children and pass on your idiot DNA.  Everyday you read some story about how people are acting in stupid ways because of stuff they read online.  I am baffled by this because only an idiot who sits in front of a computer, never going out would believe the world around them can be accurately portrayed on social media and news sites/aggregates.   Only an idiot would read a story on facebook and assume because it is on facebook it must be true.

Get off the internet, go outside, talk to people, travel, see the world and you will realize it is not as it seems on the TV, the newspaper, social media, etc.  What we get for news is the worst of man kind.  The extremes, the scandals, the horrors and occasionally the great successes.   The thing is most of the world never falls in the extreme.  Most of us in this world are pretty boring people.  We all want the same things, act generally the same, get up, go to a job, eat,  go home and we are lucky there is someone or a dog to love us.  It is folly to define the boring 99% by the extreme 1% yet that is exactly what so many of us do.

The stereotypes of racism for example are born in watching the extremes and never talking to people of the race you use stereotypes to define as all people, regardless of race, sex, religion are generally the same.  We want the same crap in life.   Things racists never learn because they don't interact enough with those of the race they are racist against. 

I had a lady all depressed today at the world.  She felt like the world wasn't a good place. I felt like saying travel, go to places with far less than we have in Canada and you will see how wonderful this life in Canada really is.  If you have a home, a place that is yours, food, can afford Netflix don't complain about your life because you are living in paradise.  The only reason you don't know it is wonderful is because we obsess about what we don't have in life never really appreciating what we do have.  The grass is always greener on the next person's lawn. 

Thank you for letting me vent.

Master Iceman

Thursday, June 14, 2018

New employee costs truck rental company in Edmonton business.

In peak season we usually rent a reefer truck for the summer.  We have had pretty good success using company x. I don’t like to use real names in my stories as I am not out to trash anyone.  Pretty good success until company x hired new employees. Bob the generic name I use for new employee name the first time he took me to a truck tried to tell me the gauge was the issue, the truck was actually full of fuel.  I took one look in tanks and new the guy didn’t know what he was talking about even though he was trying to sound like he did.

Strike one.

A few weeks later I book a truck for pick up Monday afternoon.  I go in to get truck. Do the paperwork and we end up walking around the parking lot until Bob finds the truck in the shop getting repaired.  Bob says come in the next morning at 630 am. He will have the truck for them then. I tell him I “probably” won’t be there till 7 am. He says ok but if I do come early to look for him out in the yard.   I call a cab which company A pays for. Waste more time going back to the factory without a truck.

The next morning I can’t sleep, am up early and head for company A for 630 am.  We have a delivery out of town and I need that truck loaded, on the road for 8 am.  I get to company A, find Bob in the yard, and he says he needs to know if the truck is ready.  This is when I am starting to feel agitated. You tell me to come at 630 am and you don’t know if the truck is ready???  If it is me, I screwed up, told a customer that I had a truck and didn’t have truck the night before, I would know the night before I left if the truck was going to be ready at 630 am.  The fact this is a facebook post tells you that the truck wasn’t ready. Bob didn’t bother to say to the mechanics to tell him before they go home the night before if the truck is ready.  Bob didn’t communicate with the mechanics about need to have truck ready for 630 am. Bob just made bs promises he couldn’t keep. Needless to say I said screw this when Bob came back to tell me the truck wasn’t ready.  I walked out. Cursed in the parking lot. Hopped in my SUV, called and made adjustments. Bob called me 30 minutes later saying the truck was ready but by then I had changed everything. It was too late.

Strike two.

The thing about me is I feel bad after I get angry.  I realize Bob is new and he is going to make mistakes.  I like company A and have always had success with them. A single moment in time doesn’t define a company.  I wrote an email after telling Bob I was sorry for getting angry. I explained that I felt like he should of communicated with the mechanics about the commitment he made for that truck to make sure they either stayed late or came in early to get the truck on the road for me at 630 am.   If the truck wasn’t going to be ready then I should of been contacted either the night before or early that morning. You tell someone to come in for 630 am you better have a truck. Bob’s response was no problem, he was just caught in the crossfire. That response bothered me because he took no responsibility for his actions, acting like he was an innocent in this all.  Caught in the crossfire he created by not communicating with his technicians and making promises he couldn’t back up.

Strike three.


Today I emailed another truck rental company.  I am not saying I will stop using company A but I am going to look into renting from other trucking companies.  My sergeant in bootcamp said that in life when you screw up, take responsibility for it. It is clear to me that company A has a pass the buck attitude, blaming techs for rental department writing cheques they can’t cash.  If renting from company A is making me cuss in a parking lot them company A don’t want my business.

Master Iceman