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Show me the Money! (and a little sidenote about rain)

June 13th, 2013 at 07:08 pm

I teach an exercise class (spinning) every Thursday at lunch time. I get a free gym membership which is great (I go the gym for one other class each week and run on the treadmills there in the winter), and about a year ago the owner of the gym started paying the instructors actual money as well. It's not a lot ($25-45 a month), and it varies based on what he can do, but I really appreciate it. I've been teaching for about ten years, and was never paid anything before.

But here's the thing: the woman at the front desk is super nice, but also a little spacey, and she never remembers to pay me (or the other instructors) regularly. Sometimes I get the envelope at the beginning of the month, and other times she says (spacily) "Ha ha! I've had this sitting in the register all month!" and it's like the 25th or something.

I taught today, and it's mid-month and I haven't seen that envelope yet. Grrr. And I am not grrr-ing at her, I'm grrr-ing at myself for being too shy or awkward to ask!

Anyway, in good news: it just rained, so my veggies/herbs were just watered for free and maybe this will help the firefighters with all the wildfires. And it smells like rain, which, if you live in the southwest, is the best smell in the world. Even my husband, who was imported from a wet climate, agrees.

3 Responses to “Show me the Money! (and a little sidenote about rain)”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    What the worst that can happen if you ask? The answer is no...so you wait until next time you are in and then ask again. No big deal.

  2. PatientSaver Says:

    You need to ask, and she needs to know that when it comes to people's paychecks, or even a stipend or whatever you'd like to call it, you shouldn't mess around. Perhaps even a casual comment to the owner inquiring what time of the month you can expect it becus the front desk doesn't seem to pay attention.

    No one should be so sloppy/careless when it comes to other people's money.

  3. Buendia Says:

    I think you're both right - I just feel weirdly guilty because I used to do this without being paid and in my head I feel like "well, I'd be spinning anyway, so I might as well teach." But when you think about it logically they'd be in trouble if they didn't have someone to teach the class! (And it's very difficult to get subs; I sometimes sub for the other class I take there which is a weightlifting class. I'm certified to teach both). I am going to say something next time!

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