So I turn in an application at the gas station up the street from me. I could use some more cash from a part-time job, I always kinda wanted to work in a gas station and it’s a block from my house.
I come home today and there’s a message on my machine. It’s the store manager letting me know he’s reviewed my application. “I see you went to high school in Michigan and you went to college in Illinois. I’ll need your addresses where you lived there before I can process your application. I’ll set it aside until I hear from you.”
I’ve lived in my current apartment for six years. I graduated college in 1992 and moved to Madison six months later. i graduated high school in 1986 and my family moved out of town two months after that. This guy seriously wants to check my background thirty years. For a part-time job in a gas station.
I’m tempted to call him back and have a two-sentence conversation with him. “Are you serious?” being the first one and if the answer’s yes, the second one being “tear up my application.” I mean seriously, what the hell does this guy expect to find off of a 14 year old or a 20 year old address? I don’t even remember any of the addresses where I lived in Illinois. I was in college, I moved like eight times, just like every other college student. I already don’t like the idea of surrendering the personal information to pull a credit report for a job application; I really don’t like the idea of this guy reviewing 75% of my life for, again, a part-time job at a gas station.
Is this usual now? I’ve been getting jobs through placement agencies the last few years and none of them cared where I lived as a teenager or a college student.