Metropolitan Life was an interesting place to work. They had been in San Francisco all through the Great Depression of the 1930's
and still had a company cafeteria available to all staff. During the depression, it was a major benefit to all employees. I was told that
there was a company song that you sang each day (no longer in use), atd so on. People were grateful to have a job. They even had
life insurance policies that you could pay weekly. And, as I recall, there was a banker in San Francisco whose parents purchased a
weekly policy for him, that would walk up the hill, and pay his $0.25 weekly. He said it gave him good exercise. The company
tried to get him to pay monthly or (better) annually, but he always paid weekly. It cost the company more to process his payment
than it was worth. And you can be sure that the banker had figured it out, too.
It felt good to brighten his day talking with him about his brother and sister.
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