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The Law of Unexpected Returns

by Jerry Tyson

There has been a lot said recently about the push for the minimum wage being increased to at least $15. The argument is that no family can exist on less. Forgotten is the idea that the minimum wage was intended primarily for teens at the beginning of their work experience, not for the father of five. Progressives and socialists have pushed the increases through, and we are now experiencing the law of unexpected returns.

The article was in townhall.com, July 13, 2017, titled “Applebee’s Franchise Owner Gives Candid Interview About Firings Thanks to Minimum Wage Hike.”

A previous article in town hall referenced that liberals minimum wage demands have done “severe damage to Seattle’s and New York’s businesses.” It highlighted a New York Post report revealing that “in the wake of the increased rate to $15 an hour, New York has lost a staggering 1,000 restaurants.”

“Applebee's was one of the businesses that has been especially hard pressed by the minimum wage hike. Zane Tankel, the CEO of Applebee’s New York franchise, explained that his restaurants were forced to fire at least 1,000 employees so far thanks to the liberal policy. He shared the unfortunate news with Fox Business's Stuart Varney. …

“Instead of typical servers, the CEO explained that they will soon be replaced by concierges, who merely check on customers from time to time to make them feel ‘warm and comfortable.’

“‘The model now that we’re heading towards where we had one server for three or four tables, we’re moving towards one server for ten tables, eliminating about two-thirds of our labor ultimately. But it’s because of Cuomo, De Blasio, the liberal agenda.’

“If Applebee’s completely follows through with its concierge service, nearly 2,000 employees will be heading for the exit, Newsbusters explains.

“Tankel discussed this same issue with Varney in January, back when he had *only* fired 500 employees.

“‘We can’t raise prices anymore,’ he said at the time, rather candidly, so they had to take drastic measures.

“The lost workers, he explained, could be replaced with tablets that are placed on customers’ tables.

“‘Increasing minimum wage is technology’s best friend,’ Tankel concluded.”

In 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12, the Apostle Paul instructs: “And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.” The best way to do one’s own business is without Big Brother’s interference. Study and honest hard work are still the best way to lack for nothing.

 

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