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Reader response to Laura Hayes’ report on professionals who pick up restaurant work just for the fun of it voiced a concern that They were taking away Our jobs, more or less. As ohellomisskitty wrote on Reddit, “So they’re …taking jobs from people that actually need them?” @LoganDobson agreed, tweeting “if you want to ~be a part of the DC food scene~, go eat out a lot and tip your waitstaff really well. don’t take their job.” @jamesggilmore tweeted that this habit is “Pure selfishness: ‘Hobby jobby’ yuppies driving down wages & taking jobs away from people who need them to survive,” although we found no evidence that hobby jobbies drive down wages per se, or even that they’re paid differently.
Back on Reddit, LaFugazzeta offers a counterpoint, kind of: “I wouldn’t consider it ‘taking’ jobs from other people. They may just be better employees to hire versus others with a worse work ethic or poor customer service.” So pretty much a jobbyist is a better worker than someone who needs the paycheck? We’re crying foul on this theory. What about maryloo7877 , who worked elsewhere because her day job was such a snooze? “I recently quit my part time weekend job at a bridal salon, but I took it on in the first place because I felt a part of myself unfulfilled. I actually have quite an awesome/non traditional full time job Monday-Friday, but I felt like there were other interests and passions that weren’t being met. Sometimes you don’t need a job JUST for the money, you need it because it makes you feel more fulfilled and like you’re doing the most with your time. This worked out for me since I was a newlywed with no kids.”
But craigpartin pretty much summed up our feelings on the matter, and maybe it’s just because we’re touched with laziness. “Only in Washington DC would getting a second job be called a hobby.” Hey, if you want to work part-time for very little money in a highly fulfilling, demanding profession that sounds super cool when you describe it to others at a cocktail party, try your hand at freelance writing. Send your best pitches to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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