Okay, how many of us here have had/currently have a minimum wage job? *Watches everyone raise their hand.* How many of you applied, had an interview, MAYBE a second interview, and then was hired on? *Raises hand.* How many people were required to list two references, complete an online test consisting of fifty multiple choice questions, have all your references interviewed, then schedule an interview for you, after which you were required to go through orientation training for one to two weeks, then perform a second interview to discuss your performance and then possibly get hired on a probationary basis? *Crickets.* Yeah, that's what I thought. But my wife and brother-in-law have. These are the requirements thus far for a very minimum wage job. My brother-in-law is a seasonal worker at a local grocery store; he sweeps and re-stocks the freezers one to two days a week. That's literally it. And he had to do this. My wife is applying to a department store to work on a seasonal basis on limited hours, and she just had to do the same thing. And since they don't accept her references (who are Bulgarian), we had to list my supervisor's wife and my frickin' security officer as references. Really? Seriously? I worked at a grocery store; I walked in, saw they were hiring, asked about it, got sent up to the manager's office, she interviewed me, we shook hands, and I started the next week. Know what that process is more similar to? Joining the military. I watched my brother-in-law do this and had fond flashbacks of going to the recruiter, doing my ASVAB, getting processed through MEPS, hitting Basic Training, then going to tech school. Dear God it's so convoluted over here.