Ask a Mexican

Can I Demand My Day Laborer to Work Better?

Hey mojado: Since when do you think it's OK to fuck up the facts of your wretched culture and concentrate on the few who have done something with their lives? For the most part, Mexicans are perverted, short, dark, little disgusting animals. You fit into that category. They shit out litters to circumvent the system to save their own asses from getting deported. They know that U.S. politicians are panderers to a people with such a "master plan" and will let them stay to shamelessly collect their illegal vote. Funny how illegal Mexicans don't know nor give a fuck about the U.S. other than we beat the shit out of them in a war. Funny how they won't assimilate and love this country. The last thing anyone needs on both sides of the fence is your stupid ass spewing your pro-immigrant La Raza drivel. Baja Rat

Dear Gabacho: Anchor babies (better known as "American citizens") can't save their illegal-immigrant parents from getting deported. Illegal immigrants can't vote. Mexicans didn't lose the Mexican-American War — don't you know about the demographics in the American Southwest? And if Mexicans didn't assimilate, then why am I writing to you in English when I suggest you get the chingado out of my face?

I recently hired a young Mexican man who was looking for work at a local hardware store parking lot. I am hoping that you can give me some guidance for negotiating and working with a young Mexican man.

This young man turned out to be very strong and agile and worked fast. However, he always came with a "cousin" whom I felt I had to pay. His cousins (three of them) were not as competent and, in my mind, didn't want to work. I ended up paying them. He later became frustrated with these cousins himself.

This young man would come and start working when I was at work without previous arrangements and would fail to come or call when he had made arrangements. He felt that he was the "professional" and didn't want to listen to my instructions. Home Depot Hero

Dear Gabacho: Primeramente, your workers' so-called primos weren't his cousins. Blue-collar Mexicans call colleagues primos as a form of endearment and are always looking out for them. Since you're probably hiring illegal-immigrant labor, you're entitled to the work that you paid for. So this falls on you: Did you pay the jornalero a living wage? If so, you're entitled to whatever work you ask for, at the time that you want. Or are you paying him below market? Then you deserve the crap job.