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Re: “McDonald’s workers stage a soggy protest for $15/hour wage

This person seems to think that since she has four children her employer should pay her more.
A good way to get employers to support the birth control part of the affordable care act.

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Posted by TROLLSLAYER on August 1, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Re: “McDonald’s workers stage a soggy protest for $15/hour wage

Um, we do have a national standard. It's called "federal minimum wage" and it's $7.25 per hour since June 2009.

Which does indeed make her story seem strange. If she joined 10 years ago, as she said, in 2004 the federal minimum wage was $5.15/hr. So, did McD's hire her at $2/hr above min wage? I think her statement needs some clarification.

http://www.dol.gov/whd/minwage/chart.htm

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Posted by Cid95 on August 1, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Re: “McDonald’s workers stage a soggy protest for $15/hour wage

"You're not a TROLLSLAYER, you're just another lame troll."
Name calling now? The mark of a true troll.
"Oh, and please explain again how everyone working for the lowest possible wages actually spreads wealth."
Excuse me? Where did I say that?
And,
"Unless, of course, you honestly think that it's a good thing for wealth to concentrate into the fewest number of hands."
No. I just don't think people should be overpaid to do non-skilled labor.
The pathways to success are the same as always, educate yourself, instead of knocked up four times, and you have a very good chance of making way more than minimum wage.
Can't afford school? Then do time in the military.
If it was good enough for me it's good enough for you.
Can't be bothered? Then enjoy your $7.25 minimum wage.
BTW, in 1949 the minimum wage was inflation adjusted $3.90/hr, so one could say it's way to high now.
So to summarize, I think a too high minimum wage only encourages mediocrity, and discourages people from striving to improve their lot.
Mediocrity, you know, like the column you no longer write.

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Posted by TROLLSLAYER on August 1, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Re: “McDonald’s workers stage a soggy protest for $15/hour wage

People working full time should be able to feed their families and pay the rent. Not have to be on welfare or homeless.

McDonald's et al, can well afford the increase but they could care less.

These folks are not asking for a handout, they simply want to be paid a dignified wage.

I think we will get to a national standard eventually but SC will be among the last to adopt it.

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Posted by Driftaway on August 1, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Re: “McDonald’s workers stage a soggy protest for $15/hour wage

How about a novel idea, when business is good pay the employees more but if the business is not doing well or even losing money the employees work for less or even free if need be to keep the doors open. Yeah, that's what I thought.

And for those crying for $15 minimum wage (or more) how about open your own fast food restaurant where you start everyone at that wage? Invest your own money, or money you are able to borrow when you present your business plan, and open up in defiance of everyone else. Again, yeah, that's what I thought.

All of that being said, I am curios as to why she has been there ten years and has only gotten a 10 cent an hour increase. I have known people in fast food management who have told me that while they can't give people insane raises that they do continually bump up long term employees in order to keep them and that they make a good bit more than minimum wage. Something doesn't pass the smell test there.

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Posted by nofaith on August 1, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Re: “New chef announced for Park Circle taqueria Básico

Good to hear that they are turning it around. When I see a bartender making a vodka soda with a jigger I know they are not hiring real bartenders. Have they changed the menu? The one on the website is still the same but it would be nice if the new chef shuffled it around.

Posted by nofaith on August 1, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Re: “McDonald’s workers stage a soggy protest for $15/hour wage

You missed one of the larger points. She did not tell the truth. Minimum wage has only been 7.25 since the summer of 2009, so the ten year story is false anyway. I understand the average fast food wage in Charleston to be about $9.00 so I would have to agree there is a problem here.
A better question is about margins, most restaurants make about 10% and labor costs are near 25%. Double the labor cost and just go out of business and everyone loses job.

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Posted by Robert Ross on August 1, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Re: “Mushy Peas fish and chips shop to open at 363 King Street

Mushy Peas is a fantastic name. Can't wait for this place to open to serve "proper" fish and chips with a side of mushy peas. Hopefully you will be open late night too? I already want a trip to the chippy :-) Looking forward to some clotted cream too.

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Posted by eatingout on August 1, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Re: “Mushy Peas fish and chips shop to open at 363 King Street

The Griffon and Coleman Public House both have great Fish n Chips. I am not sure how well this will do, but I would love to see it with an english pub atmosphere and feature a proper beer engine for some real ale.

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Posted by brewengineer on August 1, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Re: “Mushy Peas fish and chips shop to open at 363 King Street

Madra Rua is terrific, but not exactly convenient to pop over to for lunch or dinner if you're downtown. At least this space will be an independent business and not succumb to the tide of national chains engulfing that stretch of King Street.

That name: "Mushy Peas?" Clearly a comfort food for the English but it seriously has no ring for me... it sounds like baby food.

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Posted by Tracy Adams on August 1, 2014 at 7:30 AM

Re: “Appeals court ruling could bring gay marriage to S.C.

IT (ffz) is using freedom of speech and religion to defame our community. Despicable. If IT wants to be religious and practice religions tenets as he interprets them, then by all means IT should do that. But IT should not impose IT's tenets on all of humanity. IT just does not understand the live and let live mantra. I am willing to let IT do IT's thing and feel righteous and self-indignant going about it and IT could simply let us do our thing. That way IT can always feel superior to others who are less than IT. I have said all I am on this subject and given the likes/ dislikes, IT is irrelavant and most here are on the right side of fairness, dignity and HISTORY.

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Posted by tupper29406 on August 1, 2014 at 7:21 AM

Re: “McDonald’s workers stage a soggy protest for $15/hour wage

So, my cherry picking is wrong, but yours is right?

You're not a TROLLSLAYER, you're just another lame troll.

"Raise it too high and as John says, they will be replaced with machines."

Again, the problem here is with the mechanisms of capitalism, not wages. End the pursuit of profit above all other concerns, and this problem goes away.

Unless, of course, you honestly think that it's a good thing for wealth to concentrate into the fewest number of hands. Oh, and please explain again how everyone working for the lowest possible wages actually spreads wealth. I love that one.

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Posted by mat catastrophe on August 1, 2014 at 7:10 AM

Re: “New chef announced for Park Circle taqueria Básico

In my previous two visits to Basico, I had been very disappointed with the quality and quantity of the food and drinks. But last night my husband and I tried it again after the new chef started, and everything has remarkably improved! The food was delicious and plentiful, and my drink was good and strong, too. Definitely give this place another chance.

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Posted by labreidi on August 1, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Re: “McDonald’s workers stage a soggy protest for $15/hour wage

A 10 cent an hour raise over ten years is beyond nuts, that's why the hell is anyone still there money! If one shows up on time and learns the job/picks up skills then any reasonable person would be expecting a raise or asking what the problem is. 7. 25 is low but 15.00 bucks an hour is gonna require some knowledge and skills. Bump minimum up to 8.50 and remember that you ain't supposed to be doing the same job forever.

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Posted by shot36 on August 1, 2014 at 4:11 AM

Re: “Has Boxcar Betty's mastered the chicken sandwich?

Screams hipster joint, I don't see this place lasting long, especially with without alcohol and a very limited menu.

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Posted by John Digweed on August 1, 2014 at 2:17 AM

Re: “Boeing CEO says employees are ‘cowering;’ machinists’ union is not amused

McNerney does not even care about airplanes; The exec game is all about yielding power. McNerney is not alone; this is pervasive in Chicago. His "joke" just showed that the unions pinched the right nerve. Antagonizing 160,000+ employees is a good recipe for trouble once that power goes away. It is his dad Walter James McNerney Sr. and the political ties he had with the Lyndon Johnson, Nixon and Bush administrations that got him to the Procter & Gamble, McKinsey, 3M and GE managerial positions--not his brain. His father--a notable architect of health policies that gave us Medicare, medicaid and Social Security-- simply opened the doors for him--a no brainer. His dad became the CEO Blue Cross, Blue Shield headquarted in Chicago--what a coincidence; Boeing relocated there. Graduating from Yale and Harvard does not mean much when your family can yield that much power. McNerney is about power and politics--not airplanes. His approach is reflected in the Boeing organizational structure and culture he shaped over the past decade--there are lords and serfs. Walter James (Jim) McNerney Jr. is more subtile than his mentor Jack Welch at GE, however, they are both one of the same breed. a donkey with lipstick is still a donkey.Take out the arrogant tone, assertiveness of his voice and start listening to his words. His remarks during his earnings call show that he does not even understand basic capital flows in relation to his own company stock. This is a CEO whose brain is just spitting out the garbage he gets from his advisors. It will be hard from him to retire; who would give up on 16-20 million per year and the power to make 100,000 serfs cower at your own will.

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Posted by wjmm on August 1, 2014 at 1:01 AM

Re: “Mushy Peas fish and chips shop to open at 363 King Street

Madra Rua near Park Circle in North Charleston is really good (and their burgers are fantastic), he should have just gone out there...

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Posted by Garry Conway on August 1, 2014 at 12:46 AM

Re: “McDonald’s workers stage a soggy protest for $15/hour wage

"The minimum wage of $1.60 an hour in 1968 would be $10.86 today when adjusted for inflation".
The minimum wage probably is due for an increase, but not to nonsense values like $15 or even Mat's insane $21/hr.
About halfway between the inflation adjusted high of 1968 and the low of 2006 would be about $8.25/hr., a reasonable amount.
Raise it too high and as John says, they will be replaced with machines.

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Posted by TROLLSLAYER on August 1, 2014 at 12:32 AM

Re: “McDonald’s workers stage a soggy protest for $15/hour wage

"If the minimum wage had simply tracked U.S. productivity gains since 1968, it would be $21.72 an hour -- three times what it is now."
And if it had tracked inflation since 1989 it would be about $6.30 now. See? I can cherry pick numbers just like you do. Funny how you cherry picked the highest minimum wage vs. inflation number and act like that's where it should be now.
Once again, if someone is paid $7.25/ hr. it's because that is what they are worth.
What they want or think they are worth is irrelevant. Maybe the nice lady should have spent her evenings at Tech, then she wouldn't have this problem.

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Posted by TROLLSLAYER on August 1, 2014 at 12:18 AM
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