For example, if you wanted to choose someone to be manager, who would you pick? The employee that is lazy, and creates problems, or the one that works hard, and does his best even at a minimum wage?
Also, being lazy all the time creates a weakness of personality. If you're always lazy at minimum wage, you're gonna always be lazy at everything. Your laziness is going to become a habit that you can't shake. And laziness means you're not going to get the best jobs. You're going to remain at the bottom.
It's like exercise. If you only go for leisurely walks, you're gonna be slow, and not get far. You need to take pride in all of your work.
Furthermore, I'm gonna point out that raising the salary of a shitty employee won't make him a better employee. At best, it'll make him do more hours, but he will remain a shitty employee.
Paying good wages does two things: A) Keeps your good workers working for you. B) Gives you access to lots of workers, and you get to pick the best ones.
But if a company decides to raise wages for everyone, for sure, the lazy, problematic employees will be given the boot.
So, there really is no benefit to being a half-asser. But I'm not saying that you should sacrifice yourself for life your employer. Not saying that at all. Sometimes you gotta quit, and find greener pastures! Tell them to screw off!
What I'm saying is that when you're young, and starting out, don't make laziness a habit. It does not pay dividends. If anything the opposite.
All the people I knew that were shitty at their minimum wage jobs, and had a bad attitude, are still at the bottom. The ones who worked hard, had a good attitude, they're living nice, comfortable lives now. Working hard at their minimum wage jobs, they got used to putting in the hours, and hard work. It gave them stamina, and strength of mind. Now, they're good!
Anyways, I just wanted to write that after reading this on reddit:
Looking at the upvoted comments, you can tell these dumb kids are really into being lazy bastards.