Geoffrey Owens Quits Working At Trader Joe’s After Job-Shaming [Watch]
Jazz Shaw, Hot Air
After former Cosby Show actor Geoffrey Owens was spotted by the Hollywood media bagging groceries at the local Trader Joe’s, things seemed to really go downhill. People were swarming him and asking how something like that could have happened. Many people were seemingly very upset, while others seemed to be mocking Owens for having to take such a menial job. In fact, the only person who didn’t seem to be upset was Owens himself, who insisted that it was a good job and he was doing just fine.
Well, he’s not doing as fine now. After all the unwanted attention and reporters mobbing the store, Owens finally had to quit his position there. (Entertainment Weekly)
Owens, who worked at the grocery store for 15 months, said he first took the job because he wanted “flexibility” in order to stay in the entertainment business. (He’s been acting, teaching, and directing for over 30 years.)
“People recognized me every day and they were very, very cool about it,” he said, adding that he had to quit over the attention.
Owens went on to say that he hopes his experience will reshape “what it means to work, the honor of the working person, [and] the dignity of work.”
“I hope that this period that we’re in now, where we have a heightened sensitivity about that, and a reevaluation of what it means to work and the idea that some jobs are better than others — that’s actually not true,” he said. “There is no job that’s better than another job. It might pay better, it might have better benefits, it might look better on a resume and on paper. But actually, it’s not better. Every job is worthwhile and valuable.”