Back in the early 80's, my mom's bosses were cheapskates. She worked in downtown Wakiki at the tourist shops that sold t-shirts, aloha shirts, and souvenirs. Many tourists were Japanese so most of the workers were Japanese. My mom is smart and quickly became the personnel manager of the stores, there were 20 plus. She had to hire, train, fire, and schedule over 150 employees. She even had a beeper that recorded your voice and played to back to her (I would call her beeper number and say "mom call home" and that would play for her). She told her bosses, there were two, that she wanted a raise and that the job was so stressful that she had gotten a bloody ulcer. They said that only if she became a store manager. So, she became a store manager and they had to hire two people to do her old job, personnel manger. The bosses then hired a college grad and paid him more money then my mom for the same job. She asked for the same salary, they said no. She quit. Those bosses, who lived in multimillion dollar houses on diamond head (one had a pool moat around his house) could not give my mom a measly $500 more a month. She is Japanese and are very loyal to the "company", its part of the culture, she would have done any job. When she left there was an exodus because many of the Japanese women looked up to my mom. I am not saying that she was super important but the company eventually went bankrupt in a couple of years.