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You’re a hero. You’re saving us all. We can’t live without you. Your hair looks amazing today, what kind of conditioner do you use? People who are deemed to be essential workers keep hearing compliments like these since the coronavirus pandemic hit and now they’re posting jokes about it online.

To brighten up your day, Bored Panda has collected some of the most hilarious essential worker memes. Enjoy and remember to upvote your faves! And if you’re an Essential Panda, tell us what life is like for you now in the comments.

Essential employees are healthcare professionals, police officers, firefighters, grocery store employees, fast-food workers, truckers, and every single person who keeps civilization functioning during the quarantine. (Oh, and tax collectors are considered to provide essential services in some places, too.) Bored Panda spoke with Dr. Eddy Ng, the James and Elizabeth Freeman Professor of Management at Bucknell University, about essential workers. Scroll down for our interview with him.

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7 hours ago

Damn, that’s right…

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Ask most nurses!

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7 hours ago

so true!

“Although we hear the term ‘heroes’ being used to describe many essential workers, the term is apt because they perform work that can bring harm to themselves and potentially their families,” Dr. Ng said. “Not all heroes are idolized or worshiped, but there is certainly an element of bravery and self sacrifice here. Thus, the term hero is an expression of gratitude by the collective or community who are dependent on these essential workers. Since many of them are not being paid much or don’t have a choice but to come to work, the term ‘hero’ also provides intrinsic motivation and fulfillment for these workers.”

The professor added that there’s greater recognition of how critically important these workers are now because our health, safety, and survival depends on them. “This gratitude will pass when the pandemic is over and things return to normalcy, thus it is important for us to recognize their contributions now.”

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5 hours ago

True. My sister works as a carer, and she called herself cannon fodder. I’m like you’re an essential worker – you’re so important! I tell her this while working from home….

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Plot twist the rich looking guy isn’t the essential worker

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Agreed. Money where your mouth is folks: support hazard pay for essential workers.

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“Few employers (e.g., Cargill, Safeway) are providing better compensation but that also reflects a rapidly declining supply of labor (workers are getting sick) and employers enticing others to join the labor market,” Dr. Ng explained. “Employers need to do more, such as providing the tools to perform these jobs safely. At the very least, they need to provide a pay premium (‘hazard pay’) when asking workers to perform work that can expose themselves to harm.”

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6 hours ago

I know someone who is a nurse, she says while people clapping for you is nice she would rather feel safe at work and have a pay rise, the later not dependant on the current health crisis either!

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Want to know where the $1200 figure comes from? It’s a months wages at minimum wage.

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And Imagine Captain Chaos sitting on the stern tweeting : “If we are sinking why am I 150 feet above the see? Fake media. Not good. Enemy of the people. Immigrants are playing sad music. No one here plays sad music. Only they do. “

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We’ve all heard how these hard-working Pandas are being called heroes, but is that term being overused, especially when we look at how little they’re being paid for their efforts?

The fact is, “thank you’s” don’t pay the bills and being an everyday superhero doesn’t pay all that well. So a lot of essential employees have that in common with comic book superheroes!

Some essential employees are sick and tired of being complimented, celebrated, and hailed as heroes. Why? Because they don’t have any choice: they work their low-paying jobs because they need them to survive.

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I’m with Tinky winky, without beer and crisps, society would collapse

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I would love for the CEOs to be here exposing themselves with their essential workers. I wonder if wages would improve?

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One of my real good friend’s parents are both doctors. Both of them have made wills and other paperwork because they are entirely unsure if they are going to make it through this

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For instance, Nelson Santiago quit his job at Wendy’s in Waco, Texas, when he felt “disrespected and humiliated.” He and his coworkers received a bag of candy from Wendy’s corporate HQ, but Santiago was making 8.50 dollars an hour: he didn’t want candy—he wanted hazard pay and safe working conditions.

“For them to say a simple thank-you while they sit in the comfort of their homes with their families protected and reaping the benefits of these chains still being open—it is insulting,” Santiago told Business Insider.

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you wont get away with this

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Society before and after is the above Image flipped.

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Yup. Exactly! And now they know how these poor animals feel in captivity!

Meanwhile, a Taco Bell manager told Business Insider that he was working up to 65 hours per week for no additional pay because some of his coworkers quit due to their hours being cut.

If we call somebody a hero, we should make sure they’re being treated like one, don’t you think? Luckily, some powerful people think so, too. US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is proposing legislation that frontline heroes get up to 25k dollars as part of a financial crisis-rescue package.

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This is exactly what’s happening to my mom! She works in a hospital and they keep changing policies. Somehow a nap policy got added and they recommend doctors and nurses to take a 20 minute nap during their shift. They said you could only have one mask until it got wet or destroyed so people started using homemade masks. Then they said take as many masks as you want. Then they banned cloth (homemade) masks. There have been a bunch of other policy changes too. Some have been good like for units dealing with coronavirus there are pay raises available. There have been so many policy changes and my mom is pretty stressed

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This is why unions are important. Here in Washington state Kroger (which also owns QFC, Fred Meyer’s, and others) has refused to raise wages for essential workers. But the bus union has gotten better wages and requires passengers to wear masks.

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Its not as fun as it seems. I’ve been working from home for a month now, it sucks and it’s frustrating. As an auditor I have to rely on the people I’m auditing to upload stuff, otherwise, I have no work. Then my boss wants to know why I have no work. Then I have to call muktiple times a day asking when they’re uploading work. I know it’s not as bad as what other are going through but it still sucks.

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4 hours ago

What would people need to go in for in the ‘once every two weeks’ scenario? Genuinely curious.

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6 hours ago

“Essential”. Call them exactly how their employers see them, expendable. You don’t pay them enough so they have to risk their lives for minimum wage but hey at least in the uk we all clapped for them at the same time, maybe they can pay their bills with that.

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5 hours ago

We’re looking at you Kroger.

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They drive a Mercedes. They’re getting paid. I’ve much more sympathy for minimum wage cashiers who have 100+ people standing in front of them every day.

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I’m teaching remotely, and some of my students are essential. I’m doing everything I can to accommodate them.

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HOW is this an “essential” job?!

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Not society, government.

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Many delivery drivers have increased targets for delivery numbers as people are ordering more and the companies attitudes are ‘oh well, the roads are empty so you’ll get round faster’. Don’t think it’s been made easier for them at all.

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