Not that the work that I am doing is informal. But in practice everything I do here regarding getting paid is pretty old school. I know what you’re about to say (not that!), but trust me, even if I did have a bank account here, it would still be pretty old school.
Case in point. A lot of my employers pay me in cash and would even if I did have an account. I guess that’s cool. But really I am actually gringa enough (surprise) to prefer NOT to pick up anything in person, be it cash or check or paperwork or whatever, over paying marginally higher tax rates or whatever trouble my employers save through paying me in cash.
Also weird because of questionable bookkeeping. No bank means no 3rd party involved to document anything.
Also weird because it turns out one of my schools, Hamer Sharp owned by Patty Hamer, is apparently having trouble paying me. I had to demand a check from January yesterday, and my coordinator paid me part of it in cash out of her own purse in small bills. Another sum she owed me, from work I did in February, she paid by endorsing another employee’s paycheck over to me. Uh… I guess that explains where my missing check from January went?
I haven’t tried to cash the endorsed check yet. Mind you, my coordinator endorsed it, not the nominee.
Pf. I think Hamer Sharp has PriceWaterhouseCoopers as a client, too. So I am assuming somebody’s getting paid.
I really want out of working with Hamer Sharp– mainly because I don’t work with bullshitters– but I am taking this anecdote as a hint that if I bow out I will lose the wages for the three weeks that would fall between my last day and the previous pay period. In other words, I need to get more fed up in order to actually risk that, I guess.
There’s also my students to think of. No wait, they would completely understand.
P.S. The reason I am posting this is because I have heard of especially the last paycheck bind happening to lots of other people here. Not just foreigners and not just English teachers.