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Re: “Edmund's Oast gives customers a way to show kitchen staff some love

That's very nice. But is it really that customers aren't invited to give honest cash to the cooks? If a 6-pack of beer is a legal gift, wouldn't a small pile of Lincolns be OK?
I'm all in favor of getting away from the front-of-house tipping system. I know servers think they work hard, but for my 20%, most of them are living the life of Riley. I'd rather see them working at a straight hourly rate, with the good ones getting a higher wage. Knowing that a waiter makes $35K is disheartening when cooks get minimum wage.
So they squall. "We have to get a bunch of money when we're on the floor because we only work 6 hours." Well, the paradigm can shift. Staff could work 8 hours apiece at a rational wage - best-qualified/paid people can serve up front and prep salads when traffic is slow.

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Posted by ImFromHere on August 17, 2016 at 12:14 AM

Re: “Lessons I learned from Alison Piepmeier

Just stumbled across Alison's last column and your response while checking my email and as a retired teacher was touched by both.

You have truly honored Alison by your writing. There is no greater joy for a teacher than to have had a positive impact on your students. Alison obviously had a positive impact on you and you no doubt are having a positive impact on others. Well done -- and may you continue to do so in the years to come!

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Posted by John Dalton on August 16, 2016 at 10:57 PM

Re: “Thank you for my beautiful life

Alison, your academic and personal impact will last such a long time in so many ways and places. But nothing will replace your energetic can-do attitude or your "full frontal" feminist presence. I will miss you.

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Posted by Martha McCaughey on August 16, 2016 at 7:23 PM

Re: “Human fetuses discovered in wastewater at Charleston plant

Awful awful awful. So tragic. And yet this post has 100 likes?

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Posted by Allen Bergstrazer on August 16, 2016 at 3:23 PM

Re: “Lessons I learned from Alison Piepmeier

You wrote what I've been thinking. How she will be missed, and how she changed me.

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Posted by Ryan N Nikki McKenzie on August 16, 2016 at 1:55 PM

Re: “Local emcee says the Holy City scene needs more unity, support

Exactly, Ima. Music venues in bars are businesses that sell drinks and sometimes have cover charges. Bands are a means to get the cover charges paid and drinks sold.

If the "music community" can support each other enough to show up at each others' shows and buy enough drinks to make a profit for the bars, then great. If not, it's all just wanking into the wind.

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Posted by Cid95 1 on August 16, 2016 at 11:34 AM

Re: “Crosby's Seafood Market will close on Aug. 25 after 37 years in business

It's their property to do with as they please.

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Posted by Cid95 1 on August 16, 2016 at 11:28 AM

Re: “Chef Brannon Florie opens his third Mt. Pleasant restaurant next Tuesday

That's the first I've heard about what was happening on Coleman with the former Fonduely Yours / Oriental Garden space. Interesting, though I guess there will be other businesses there too.

What about the former Boulevard Diner? Hard to keep up with what's going up and coming down on Coleman.

On 41 is good, the menu does work for adults and kids.

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Posted by Cid95 1 on August 16, 2016 at 11:26 AM

Re: “Chef Brannon Florie opens his third Mt. Pleasant restaurant next Tuesday

If Chef Florie has made that benigted space that On 41 now occupies finally work after so many others have tried and failed, then maybe he's just the guy to work the former Bangkok Garden space that has also seen its share of tenants over the past few years. Nothing he can do about the crappy access to that shopping center, just make a great product that matches consumer demand.

Also: now I'm bummed that Bangkok Garden closed!

Posted by factoryconnection on August 16, 2016 at 10:58 AM

Re: “Local emcee says the Holy City scene needs more unity, support

Really great article. The author defines some ways to seek solutions rather than just complaining, like previous articles on this subject have. Wishing him good luck in his endeavors.

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Posted by Kris Wiggins on August 16, 2016 at 9:51 AM

Re: “Crosby's Seafood Market will close on Aug. 25 after 37 years in business

Way to sell out......congrats on the big sell but how sad that soon the ambience of the old Charleston will be gone.

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Posted by MaryJo Fiveash Clark on August 16, 2016 at 8:51 AM

Re: “Baldwin Vineyards

U love those grape so much I get there every year when I can remember!!

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Posted by Sharon Drayton on August 16, 2016 at 8:09 AM

Re: “Thank you for my beautiful life

God bless you and your family and friends, that's really what life is about. This Wednesday 8/17will be the anniversary of my wife's passing. She also died of Glioblastoma too, sad, but your grace will also be remembered also. Best regards to your family and friends. Howard Mallinger

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Posted by Aventuraman on August 15, 2016 at 1:46 PM

Re: “Local emcee says the Holy City scene needs more unity, support

This is the second local artist in recent months to write a column about local support for local music. This one is a lot more articulate than the last one, but it also highlights a disconnect by young artists, and it's a disconnect that affected me years and years ago when I was in a struggling band. We spend a couple of years building a following big enough so that we could be booked into our area's version of the Music Farm as a headliner. We pulled a good rowdy crowd, the night ended and it was time to settle up with the owner and he said the words we had no idea we needed to know. He said,"boys I'll keep on hiring you as long as you keep selling beer" He explained that it cost him $200 to open his doors on any given night (this was a long time ago) and it took a lot of 25c draft beers and 50c bottles just to break even. As long as we could draw a crowd that would cover his expenses and give him a little profit we had a job. Today, I'm sure we're talking a thousand or more in expenses a night. If you can provide a product that will cause people to cover his expenses, you'll work. If not, you won't. I don't know of any local venues that work as a charity. Is this selling out? No, it's entertaining. You made be God's greatest poet, but if nobody else agrees you're going to be God's greatest broke poet. And by the way, After I got married and had a couple of kids I got a job and left the band. The rest of the guys? 40 years later, they're still playing Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights at regional clubs and every one of them has put a couple of kids through college. Are they famous? Not unless you live within a hundred mile radius of them, but they still sell a shit-load of beer.

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Posted by Ima Oldman on August 15, 2016 at 12:17 PM

Re: “The South's intentional ignorance encourages groups like the Secessionist Party

So many commenters just proved you right. The worst kind of ignorance is when one doesn't only deny reality, but actively refuses to acknowledge the truth. Not worth my time to refute the idiots, but I will say a resounding HAHAHA at them.

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Posted by Helen Dorrity on August 15, 2016 at 12:17 PM

Re: “Thank you for my beautiful life

Beautiful Words Alison. You touched many hearts with your wonderfully positive outlook and grace. You certainly touched mine. xx

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Posted by Nick Litten on August 15, 2016 at 9:41 AM

Re: “The South's intentional ignorance encourages groups like the Secessionist Party

Faux-News strikes again!

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Posted by tupper29406 on August 15, 2016 at 8:11 AM

Re: “The South's intentional ignorance encourages groups like the Secessionist Party

I agree with local hutch 100%. Go and live in Chappequa with the hildebeast and Bill. By the way did you know that slavery was created by the Democratic Party? They also came up with the KKK. The Confederate flag does not represent slavery either. Go and get your facts straight Mat. While we are on the treason subject did anyone hear about the treasonous acts that our current lame duck president committed? Well apparently he told central command to "cook" the information coming in and not report it to anyone. That information pertained to ISIS and their proliferation. Go and listen to Hannity from Friday... Such corruption with those Dems.

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Posted by shammalamma on August 14, 2016 at 7:10 PM

Re: “Thank you for my beautiful life

To the family of this wonderful woman:
Alison's soul will carry on through her daughter and all those who were fortunate to know her. I am thankful for her having shared her story with so many of us. Her grace and love shined through in every word she wrote. May we all learn to cherish life, family and friends as she did.

I wish her a safe journey and know that heaven will gain what our world lost .

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Posted by Laurie Wetterschneider on August 14, 2016 at 5:10 PM

Re: “Thank you for my beautiful life

Thank you for this. My beloved, beautiful, brilliant mother entered hospice this month at age 67, after being diagnosed in May. Her strength and fortitude serve her well, but I know it makes it harder for her to accept help now. I'm hoping she sees it as those who want to help see it--a gift to be able to be of the slightest assistance to this woman so many love.

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Posted by Kristin Koolkin Magnant on August 14, 2016 at 4:46 PM
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