Someone give them the bad news


Philosophy majors at work

Hamburger flippers demand higher wages in NYC.

“They’re giving us $7.25 an hour, so many of my co-workers are living on food stamps. You can’t live on that in this city,” a protester told Good Day NY.

The workers who say they don’t make enough to put food on the table for their families would  like an increase in their hourly pay to $15.

Here’s the deal: you can’t support a family on a minimum wage job and if that’s the best you can do, don’t have a family. Or go into politics – that’s unskilled labor that actually pays.


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29 responses to “Someone give them the bad news

  1. Jeff A. Beyers

    I love your blog. I love your snark. What I want is a snark-off between you and Tam from a View from the Porch. That would be worth any price of admission (BTY you should add her to your blogroll). Keep up the good and hilarious good work.

  2. KT

    Obviously, a minimum wage worker shouldn’t have a family if that’s the best they can do… However, it is going to happen because those very people are the least educated and perhaps, therefore, the least responsible. We could debate that but that isn’t the point here. They are going to have children so we either pay more at McD’s or pay more via welfare. I say charge the fatties eating fast food. It’s like a tabacco tax.

  3. GPD Folk

    Hey what happened to the cop & homeless man with The boots thread…I’m guessing it got a little out of control….too bad….the cop did a good thing…..

  4. Walt

    Dude –
    Tell Mom – AKA “Jeff A. Beyers” to keep posting.
    She is hilarious!!
    Your Pal,

  5. Libertarian Advocate

    YO, CF, I think Jeff has found the perfect woman for you. She LOVES guns!

  6. AJ

    $7.25 an hour for flipping burgers in NYC? How much for flipping the bird? NYC: down and dirty; the way I loved it. Warning: lots of nasty, foul language, the spirit of New York.

  7. AJ

    For GPD: Better than a cop that buys people shoes, here’s one who sticks it to the Man and upholds the Constitution.

  8. Westchesterer

    7.25$ an hour + 30,000$ of welfare. Why would they want a raise or more hours? Then they’ll lose welfare dollars, or more appropriately known as, the labor of other people. Why would you forgo the legal theft of the work of another person? Let’s punish people for working and reward others for not. What a brilliant economic vision.

    Have you guys noticed that the new word for welfare is “safety net”? Social safety net… not welfare. Brilliant.

  9. Anonymous

    Stop picking on minimum wage workers. They are not the problem. The problem is minimum wage skilled workers in public unions making 6 figures plus benefits and absurd pensions. And striking cause they want more!

  10. Walt

    Dude –
    So I took Moms advice and checked out a “View From the Porch”. She is a conservative chick blogger, which I liked. But no pictures, so I have no idea if she is a hottie or not. So I was a tad disappointed. I was hoping to see some funbags. If I did, you would have been toast, and you would have been down half your readership. Her mistake!!

    Anyhows, she seems to have a lot of comments on her blog, so that is good. But I read some of her stuff and I was underwhelmed. I was tempted to bookmark her, but I didn’t. Because she can’t top your pissyness. She was female pissy. Whiney pissy. You are angry pissy. Male pissy. Which is how I think pissyness should be delivered. I think you have mastered pissyness. You are the Babe Ruth of it!!

    So I won’t defect to female pissyness. What man would? We get that all day long, and at least once a month. BIG TIME!! I read this blog to escape that.

    But you better step it up.
    You loser.
    Your Pal,

  11. Riverside Chick

    What if family has children, father dies stay at home mother has to work to support children? Should she”get rid” of the children?

    • The average fast food worker is a 17-year-old kid who stays for maybe 3 months (admittedly, if the pay were better, they might stay longer, but that’s a business decision, not something to be decided by politicians or social reformers). That same kid has no work ethic, shows up for work when and if she feels like it and has no skills. If she has kids, she almost certainly has no husband, given the demographics.
      This is not Andy Hardy’s mom.

  12. AJ

    BTW, I have grandparents from the Jamestown Settlement, the Plymouth Settlement, and the first English settlement in New York, with the first member of the family born on US soil in Virginia in 1612. I don’t think I should have to give up anything. If anybody should be giving something up, it should the some of the bloodsuckers that came here after my folks.

  13. Southern Fried Chicken

    Where oh where can one find decent fried chicken in or around Greenwich? There is a KFC, but it is in a dangerous (IMO) area of Stamford. And anyway, there’s got to be something much better than that. But what and where? Please, somebody, help me!

  14. AJ

    Sorry, my above post belongs to the Liberals are smarter than Conservatives thread in respone to the I can give up my US citizenship comment. It ain’t happening.

  15. Greenwich Gal

    Sorry CF – but the fried chicken at Chicken Joes and Garden Catering blows. They pre-fry it then fry it again to save time. It makes the chicken – well, not tender and moist. KFC in Stamford is indeed in a skeevy area but you should not be scared. When I first moved here we made many forays there as my kids would not stop whining about their fried chicken. Actually, Stop n’ Shop has good fried chicken and they will make it for you fresh, you just have to wait. But the best fried chicken is to be found at Sylvia’s in Harlem. Bill Clinton apparently agrees and you can get it with a mess of collards, rice and gravy, fried okra and sweet tea. Good Eatin’!
    However, if Anon is scared of Stamford, just wait until she gets to Harlem!

  16. Another Reader

    Hey KT, I wouldn’t generalize about all minimum age workers. Some of them are doing more sophisticated work for the same minimum wage. I have a friend who grew up in Greenwich, went to Yale, works for the government and also gets minimum wage. Yes, she used to have a big job with a lot of responsibility in the private sector, but she had to move to another state to help with an elderly family member, and careers in her new town in her specialty are nonexistent. She would need to drive 3 hours each way to get to the high paying jobs she is qualified for.

  17. Do people not fry their own chicken anymore? I know I do. Soak it overnight in buttermilk with sliced onions, coat it in flour/cayenne/cracked pepper and get it in the fat. Then dredge and fry those onions. Good stuff.

  18. Dollar Bill

    Not all min wage workers are shiftless teens. Once upon a time, in CF’s tortured memory, that may have been true, but after years of our sociopathic Masters of the Universe plundering and looting our country, (the same predators that then came looking for government handouts), all the while shedding good paying jobs with benefits, the sad fact is places like McDs and BK and Wal Mart have become the last resort for too many middle aged and elderly workers. Is it too much to ask that they receive a fair wage, one that allows them to live with dignity. Kudos to these workers for showing a great deal of guts in standing up for a living wage.

  19. Walt

    Dude –
    What DB misses is the WHOLE POINT of working at McDonalds or Burger King is YOU ARENT SUPPOSED TO HAVE ANY DIGNITY!! That is why they make you wear the stupid little hats and degrading uniforms. The job is MEANT to make you feel like a peon, and therefor make you want to aspire to something else. So you become a more successful person, not just an overpaid slug, content to flipping dogshit burgers to the morbidly obese populace.
    These are hopefully steppingstone jobs. Where people become motivated to better themselves. They learn a work ethic, and move on to something better. At least that was the plan before Barry killed all the good jobs. Or they stay there, stuff Big Mac’s and fries down their throats, and they die of a heart attack at 25.
    Your Pal,

    • When I was in high school I wanted an after school job so I accompanied several of my friends to McDonalds, where we all intended to apply for work. I sat in the back office filling out several pages of nonsense while kids my age came in for the afternoon shift. I watched one boy place a little paper overseas cap on his head emblazoned “Trainee” and thought, well, that’s an indignity I suppose I can suffer for a week or so. Then someone else came in with presumably more experience because his hat said, “Hot Apple Pie”. I tossed the application in the trash and left to find a better workplace. Funny enough, I believe that “trainee” was Dollar Bill, and as I left he was begging the manager to assign him to urinal cleanup. I wonder if he ever got a raise?

  20. Fast Food Lovers

    Clearly the obesity levels of posters on this blog must be high if there is such a great interest in where to find the most unhealthy fast food in town. I know Walt like his women with meat on the the bones, so maybe Greenwich Gal will be his pin-up!

    • Like everything in life, moderation in consuming junk food is the key. Fry up some chicken wings and enjoy them without guilt. If you find yourself doing that every night, see a psychiatrist.

  21. Balzac

    $ Bill, we love you. Like you, Obama sees his mission as protecting people from the US economy (“Masters of the Universe plundering and looting our country…”). You and he are blind to the facts, which are crayon-simple. The median US income (remember what median means?) is $31,000. Mexico and China $5000, most of Africa $500. Now remind us: is the US free-market economy a remarkable engine of prosperity to be reinforced, or a tragedy requiring massive transformation?

  22. feed the poor masses

    dont forget the 100 dollars a week they eat from the place without paying…with food prices so high, they even sell inventory out the backdoor and bring food home to family. min wasge is one income,stealing from boss is sevcond income.