Chris and work
|“||[...] comments that are truly of Good Intentions of self-improvement and constructive criticism, versus the truly Bad Intentions of spamming actual hate speech (Get A Job).||”|
|Chris considers "get a job" to be hate speech and commentary from enablers kissing his ass to be constructive criticism.|
Chris is infamous for his laziness and his dependence on his elderly mother, which inhibits him from wanting to work. He briefly held one job - two if pushing it - in his early 20s, but was unsurprisingly fired from them fairly quickly.
Despite his crushing debt, Chris vehemently refuses to obtain any kind of employment whatsoever due to wanting to perpetually live like a child - a stance that has become so potent that he believes that suggesting it to him should be deemed as "hate speech". Thus, as shown on the CWCki's Main Page, it has been 3897 days (more than ten years) since Chris applied for a job.
- 1 Reasons for Chris' refusal to work
- 2 Past Stance on Employment
- 3 List of Jobs on Dimension 1218
- 4 Current Stance on Employment
- 5 Chores
- 6 See also
- 7 References
Reasons for Chris' refusal to work
Chris' parents, but more so Bob, had encouraged him to not be employed, believing that his Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is all he really needs to support himself - a belief that has ultimately proven false with the advent of the Financhu Crisis.
Fantasy and Financial Enablers
Since the wake of the Idea Guys, Chris' enabling has gone far beyond just his mother.
Past Stance on Employment
In the past, Chris has shown some degree of interest in pursuing a career, but only for his own personal gain, rather than so that he can move out of his parents' house and take care of himself. For example, although he expressed an interest in becoming a comic book artist, working for either Archie or DC,, he has also stated when he completes his Love Quest, he would stay at home while his wife had worked, showing that Chris was somewhat hesitant even before then. Other sources point to Chris believing that obtaining a job is only necessary to pick up a girlfriend, which is evident when he decided to take up a job in Cutco Cutlery at the beginning of his Love Quest.
A very interesting source to learn about how Chris believed he should apply for a job is his resume, which hasn't been updated in over a decade. In it, Chris shows he didn't understand the concept of work experience, let alone the importance of it. For example, he believes that doing "volunteer work" for Pokémon Leagues at the GAMe PLACe counts as work experience. In reality, mere "volunteer work" doesn't typically catch the eye of most employers. Also, Chris was not a gym leader as he claimed, as much as he was a substitute for when the actual Gym Leader was not available for the day. Finally, even if this could be taken into account, what Chris did is comparably null and void, as he had no authority over the players, and was in fact watch over by actual employees. In the same resume, he also cites his own homemade comics as work experience, despite that he wasn't doing this in a professional setting, and that the comics themselves leave a lot to be desired.
The resume also shows that of all of the time he has spent in his adult life, not even a fraction of it was spent on an actual part-time job, let alone one that is full-time in a professional environment. Counting all of the positions he had that weren't him as a Gym Leader's Assistant or him working on his Sonichu comics, his total work experience racks up to a grand total of 6 months at most. At most, because while he claimed to have worked at Wendy's for 3 months on his resume, he also claimed that he was already fired on 11 September to Kacey's father. Please note that this was only across an entire two-year gap between working each of the two jobs he applied for.
When Chris hasn't lived the good life unemployed, he also has some bad experiences with the employees and managers of several of the places he frequented, which further shows some of Chris' views on what it means to be employed. The way he's treated such people also provides insight into Chris' illusioned ideas about people in the workforce. It is a manager's duty to take action into difficult situations, like if a customer is loitering in the workplace, or causing a ruckus with other customers, two things that Chris was infamous for in the stores he went to. Chris however, unaware with how he should act in public places, only saw such actions as a form of discrimination, solely to keep him from doing the things he wants to accomplish, whether it be soliciting a girlfriend, or vandalizing public property. These views are also apparent in some of his comics, where he depicts the employees and managers that gave him a hard time as corrupt tyrants that abuse their powers.
List of Jobs on Dimension 1218
- Main article: Wendy's
The first place Chris attempted to work at was at his local Wendy's. While there, his primary duties were custodial duties rather than making or preparing food for the customers. Despite painting himself as an employee that "serves the customers with kind, understanding help", accounts from employers and customers have shown him to be a rude and difficult employee to work with.
- Main article: Cutco
The second and final job that Chris claims to have worked at was at Cutco Cutlery, a marketing company that primarily sells overpriced knives. The company itself is deemed to be a notorious borderline scam that primarily hires high school students, college students, and gullible idiots like Chris with no work experience. Chris claims to have lost this job after his boss "left at summer's end". Chris had obtained this job during the beginning of his Love Quest, which also showcases that Chris believed that getting a job is only for people who want to have a girlfriend, even believing that having the job just magically improved his social skills. This job alone, believe it or not was what made him believe himself to be a "Natural Salesperson". After this job, Chris would go out of his way to produce his Attraction Signs, and advertise this one quality in it.
Besides Wendy's and Cutco, Chris has attempted to apply for a handful of other jobs, and failed doing so, or instances where Chris believed he was employed, but was actually doing mere community service.
Current Stance on Employment
|“||Therefore, for all of you Haterade-Chugging “GET A JOB!” spouters out there, I suggest you Shut Up and enjoy your ability to settle in a cozy Office or wherever. For the rest of us, the worlds and the dimensions are our Offices, and we are doing our best, so we can reach our respective Fated Destined Promotions. But, I Digress.||”|
|Chris claiming he's already employed in an alternate dimension|
Considering how trolls, weens, and, quite frankly, Chris himself has completely mangled and destroyed his background check over the years, it's little wonder why he's lost any hope in obtaining a job. Chris even stated he was fully aware of this in a Facebook post he made on 3 April 2017. In the same post, however, he also claims that he would still refuse to obtain a job, even without all of the crazy shit that's happened in his life. He claims to fear the possibility of being discriminated once again for being autistic, transgender, and having a lesbian soul. In the modern workforce, this kind of fear would be highly unjustified, as any kind of racial, mental, gender, or sexual discrimination is usually frowned down upon in the workforce, and a dismissible offence. Besides the former two reasons, Chris claimed that gaining employment would be redundant, as he believes taking care of his aging parents actually counts as employment, despite not being paid for it.
Job as a Goddess
Chris now appears to believe that his true occupation at the moment is being the goddess of an alternate dimension, thanks to the influence of the Idea Guys, Jacob Sockness and several other influences. In the span of two years after the aforementioned Facebook post, Chris would state on at least two occasions that he believes that the ability to support himself financially by working a job is completely useless. As a matter of fact, in one of these occasions, he had actually stated that he is far too enlightened and above societal expectations to obtain a physical job, simply due to an absurd comparison he makes between the amount of time the universe will exist for vs. how much time he'll work at a job. As evident in the same post, as well as in a subsequent one, he actually believes that obtaining a job should not be mandatory, and even goes as far as stating that the citizens of CWCville are not required to obtain a job.
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|“||I work hard for my father in his garden! I pulled weeds! Those weeds are very hard to pull!||”|
|Chris, telling a former U.S. Marine about the "heavy burdens" in his life|
Aside from a few part-time jobs which he got fired from shortly after being accepted, Chris is also responsible for doing certain chores around the household. To him, chores are menial tasks that Barb forces him to perform for her. Since these chores are the closest thing in Chris's life to resembling actual work, and one of the few things taking him away from his video games, going into deep thought about other dimensions and attending BronyCon, they are a frequent source of stress and complaining for Chris. On the other hand, Chris also sees these chores as nothing more than to prove that he's not lazy, in which case he believes these chores are a good example of what a hard-working, respectable, high-functioning autistic he really is.
Chris loves chores
Chris's most notorious mention of his chores is in the Father Call, where he desperately tries to prove his worthiness to Matthew Devoria by listing some of the "hard work" he has done around the house, such as sitting on a riding lawnmower, moving chairs and carrying a doghouse across the yard. In fact, many of the "chores" he whines about are things he only did literally one time. He also compares his pulling weeds in the "hot, hot sun" to war veteran Matt's time served in the Gulf War.
Chris doesn't limit himself to only doing chores in real life. He also enjoys spending hours upon hours performing virtual chores in Animal Crossing. These are his favorite chores to do, because not only is he able to sit on his fat ass all day while tapping at his controller, he is also rewarded for performing these tasks! As fun as this sounds, by his early 30s it seems to just be another part of Chris's daily routine, at one point telling Julie that he had to take a break from his computer to "get [his] chores done in ACCityFolk". He eventually stopped doing these chores all together after his GameCube disintegrated in the 2014 fire.
In Chris's other favorite fictional world, CWCville, Sonichu also does his share of the housework, as Chris elaborately explained in his CWCipedia bio. Between fighting evil-doers and saving the world from homosexuality, he even finds time to mow the lawn with his loyal wife Rosechu. After the kids have been sent off to school, Sonichu and Rosechu go out and vacuum to the extreme! Chris, on the other hand, is far too busy with his mayoral duties to worry about chores, so instead he makes his secretary, Allison Amber, do all of the work.
Chris dreams of one day being a "house husband", doing chores for his wife and daughter at home all day, while the wife goes to work and earns money for the family. In a chat with Clyde Cash, Clyde questions Chris's ability to take care of himself and his sweetheart. This causes Chris to go on for what seems like an hour, listing all the chores he is capable of performing around the house. He is very proud of his ability to load dishes into the dishwasher and put garbage into a trash can.
Despite these many difficult, stressful, back-breaking chores that Chris spends his time doing, the Chandler family's house was still a disgusting pigsty that Bob falsely believed was on the verge of being condemned by the Greene County Health Department; before it actually burned down, the fire was being exacerbated by the mountains of junk held inside. In a call with Alec Benson Leary, when this conundrum is pointed out to Chris, he desperately mashed the buttons on his phone and hung up to try and get out of explaining himself.
Chris hates chores
Chris spends a lot of time trying to avoid doing what he is so proud of. Barbara constantly gets Chris to do things for her. This sometimes drags him away from his friends, love life and other business. He has also hidden out at the mall for hours, just so his mother's demands that he do a "hefty chore" wouldn't disrupt his creative genius.
He also blames Barb for his house being so messy in the first place. His usual go-to excuse for the state of his house is to call her a "pack rat", even having the balls to call her lazy for not cleaning anything up. Barbara apparently leaves junk lying all over the house, but Chris would rather go days without showering than figure out how to move some of Barbara's junk to another room, claiming he "doesn't know what to do" with any of it.
Chris's parents also make him pay the family's bills, possibly as an attempt to make him feel like a real adult. Chris, of course, complains about having to give up a large percentage of his "tugboat" for these bills. He puts off paying them for as long as possible so he can use his hard-earned money for more important necessities. In one of her rare Mumble appearances, Chris lied to Barbara about paying the bills for that month, at first whining that he was being "honest", but eventually giving in to the fear of being punished by his mother and admitting he didn't pay ALL of them. But, he'll "be sure to pay the remaining differences next month"!
|“||I move stuff around, I take the vacuum cleaner, I vacuum, I scrub the floors with 409 and paper towels. It's really hard work. Back-breaking!||”|
|Chris explains why he hasn't had time to work on his comic|
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