You’re Not Worth $15

Avik Roy over at Forbes Opinion had an informative piece about the impact the minimum wage is having on employers and employees. He writes:

“It brings me no joy to write these words. The push for a $15 starter wage has negatively impacted the career prospects of employees who were just getting started in the workforce while extinguishing the businesses that employed them. I wish it were not so. But it’s important to document these consequences, lest policymakers elsewhere decide that the $15 movement is worth embracing.”

I’ll leave the heady economics talk to people like Avik who probably went to college.

Me?  I have a story.  Let’s call this story, “Everyone’s Experience Ordering Food Today Or At Least Most Of You”. (See how the title just rolls off the tongue?)

I’m ordering from this chicken wing place.  I’m not going to call out someone’s business by name so let’s just call this place Bling Stop.  Anyway, I order from this place all the time and I know EXACTLY how to call in my order:

Me: “I would like ten bone-in, lemon pepper wings with blue cheese dipping sauce, fries, and a medium lemonade to drink. All this is for pickup.”

Her: “Is this for pickup or dine in?”

Me: “Pickup”

Her: “How many wings?”

Me: “Ten”

Her: “Bone-in or boneless?”

Me: “Bone-in”

Her: “What flavor?”

Me: “Lemon Pepper”

Her: “What kind of dipping sauce?”

Me: “Blue Cheese”

Her: “Anything to drink?”

Me: “Lemonade”

Painful, yes?  I would rather watch ‘The Sound of Music’ with my wife and a face full of pepper spray than ever call Bling Stop again.

That young lady doesn’t deserve $15 a DAY, let alone $15 an hour.  We as a society are cheating her by telling her she does.  She needs honesty.  “You are a nice human being but you’re basically worthless in the workplace.  I’ll pay you two dollars an hour to replace the paper towels in the bathroom and text your boyfriend in between smoke breaks.  Deal?”

Stop this minimum wage madness.  It’s cheating  young people out of valuable workplace experience, driving up unemployment in the black community, and raising prices on the goods and services that poor people depend on.

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