Monday, October 24, 2005

[Work] No Need to Pay Me

So, it's 5:33PM and I'm sitting at my desk, at work. With nothing to do. I'd like to go home, and I could do that, since my work day officially ends at 4:15PM. I'd also like to go to the store and get groceries, since I have virtually nothing left to eat in my house save for a packet of marshmallows and some dry cereal (no milk). Unfortunately, I cannot do that.

Apparently, my employers no longer feel the need to pay me for my services.

It is now three days past payday, and still no sign of a check. Of course, I have direct-deposit, but that's not the point. The point is that nothing has been directly-deposited. Currently, I have around $300 in the bank, and my auto-withdraw bills should take between $200 and $300 of that in the next few days. So, I'm afraid to take any out, lest I be caught short. Unlike my employers, I DO pay my debts.

Understand that this whole thing comes as quite a shock to me. For that last 13 months, I have been paid on or before the 21st. It is now the 24th. I may be repeating myself, but that's from the trauma of the situation.

I'm so hungry right now.

I might risk taking out $10 (or whatever the smallest withdrawal is), so I can eat tonight. Of course, I did have school lunch today, so I'm not starving. But still. Dinner would be nice.

It's the little things you take for granted, that you don't miss until they're gone.

I'm waiting for my supervisor to get out of the weekly teacher meeting (that I, as a non-Japanese, do not have to sit through [it's good to be the king]). Not that there's anything she can do tonight, but at least she will be aware of the situation. In fact, I could just leave her a note, but why? So I can rush home to my unheated room and sit in the cold, hungry? Yeah, that sounds like a treat.

No, I think I'll just wait for her here in this nice, warm office, with it's flowing cups of coffee and ... well, basically there's just the coffee. I'm sure she'll be out soon anyway.

Any minute now....

Any minute...


  1. You're better prepared for this sort of situation than the rest of us would be. After all, you've been homeless three times...

  2. True, but I'm a mite out of practice. ^_^

    Well, today concluded with them being pretty sure they didn't pay me, but I have to wait until tomorrow so they can confirm it with the bank.

    I wouldn't really worry except that if I miss a payment on my student loan the interest rate goes up for a few years. It ends up being a couple thousand dollars more, for one missed payment. And without my paycheck, I have no money to send home to pay my student loans. So, it's kind of a big deal.