I look at it a bit different iddee, and honestly, I don't believe that you really 'read' my posts, sorry.
If I pay someone 'less' than what they need to make a living (its not that hard to figure out) then I don't/won't/shouldn't 'expect' as much from them. However, if I pay them a 'good' or living wage, the bar is set quite a bit higher, don't you think? I'd much rather have folks that are 'happy' to work for me and thus loyal, as opposed to resentful, unproductive and unhappy.
BUT as I try to convey repeatedly (not always successful) "That's JUST Me!" Not trying to convince anyone here. If someone thinks its OK for those at the top to take all the meat and fat for themselves, leaving just the bones to the peeps, well fine. Good Luck with that. I'm still doing things differently, OK?
If all we are creating is low paying 'service' type jobs then all we should expect is the same. Those I know personally who work at the Walmarts of the world, need 'another' source of income to survive. That could also explain your experience w/ the clerk iddee.
Perhaps he just got off his 'other' job, or maybe he had to take care of a sick child or relative the night before, while his wife went to work and didn't get any sleep, or was sick himself (w/ no sick leave , because he doesn't get enough hours from Walmart, a typical ploy) who knows? Just saying iddee, its not always so black and white.
These things are NEVER so crystal clear or neat and tidy, usually they are much more complicated than we can even imagine, much like the 'perceived' contradictions (fallacy?) mentioned. I 'could' tell you some stories man:-\ but I'll refrain.
To 'me' there were no contradictions at all, but if there were then it just proves my point.
Sorry, I'm likely too focused on the BIG picture again. I really am working on it, no BS.