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(Detroit Free Press)   After surviving Myanmar, Libya, and the Congo in first season, Anthony Bourdain enters Detroit for new "Parts Unknown" episode, has breakfast at Duly's, barbecue at Vickie's, and oxtail at Full Belly Cafe   (freep.com) divider line 48
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2013-07-09 12:19:34 PM  
He went to Detroit (and Baltimore and Buffalo) in No Reservations's "Rust Belt" episode.
 
2013-07-09 12:40:20 PM  
I was a big fan of No Reservations, and I've liked Parts Unknown quite a bit as well.  The larger budget and better camera work has enhanced the show.  Still, I imagine budget constraints do mean that they can't ship off across the world every episode.  Detroit doesn't get a lot of positive attention, so kudos for doing that.
 
2013-07-09 02:10:52 PM  
I've enjoyed Parts Unknown more than No Reservations, which is surprising because both are great. My only complaint is the new farking theme song.
 
2013-07-09 02:12:36 PM  

Gecko Gingrich: He went to Detroit (and Baltimore and Buffalo) in No Reservations's "Rust Belt" episode.


I'm guessing, technically new show means the map's reset to zero. No Reservations repeated a lot of places from A Cook's Tour.
 
2013-07-09 02:14:43 PM  
I'm enjoying this show more than the last.  The bigger budget and superior (or at least more of them) CNN fixers are getting him into more interesting places.  The crazy train in Myanmar had me laughing my ass off.

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2013-07-09 02:18:33 PM  

farkingismybusiness: I've enjoyed Parts Unknown more than No Reservations, which is surprising because both are great. My only complaint is the new farking theme song.


The theme song is terrible.
 
2013-07-09 02:21:28 PM  
I've lived and worked in and around Detroit for 41 years, and I've never even heard of - let alone gone to - any of those places.  Checking the locations on Google, I think I'd rather go to Beirut.
 
2013-07-09 02:23:34 PM  
Something to think about:

Remember the opening scene in "Beverly Hills Cop" where they show parts of Detroit?  Remember how shiatty it looked?  Well, that was back in 1984, and things actually became worse.
 
2013-07-09 02:25:17 PM  

The_Sponge: Something to think about:

Remember the opening scene in "Beverly Hills Cop" where they show parts of Detroit?  Remember how shiatty it looked?  Well, that was back in 1984, and things actually became worse.


I thought OCP cleaned up Detroit.
 
2013-07-09 02:33:36 PM  

Evil Mackerel: farkingismybusiness: I've enjoyed Parts Unknown more than No Reservations, which is surprising because both are great. My only complaint is the new farking theme song.

The theme song is terrible.


I like the new theme song more than the old one.  It's by the Queens of the Stone Age too I believe.
 
2013-07-09 02:36:07 PM  

Rapmaster2000: I'm enjoying this show more than the last.  The bigger budget and superior (or at least more of them) CNN fixers are getting him into more interesting places.  The crazy train in Myanmar had me laughing my ass off.

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Shame they didn't show the rats that run under the seats, or the giant insects/snakes that are sometimes spotted on board. Even in the "first class" cars. And the best part is, you get to enjoy it for 8-10 hours, even if you're only going about 150 miles. Taking a train in Burma might very well be the single most unpleasant mode of travel a human being can experience.
 
2013-07-09 02:39:32 PM  

Evil Mackerel: The_Sponge: Something to think about:

Remember the opening scene in "Beverly Hills Cop" where they show parts of Detroit?  Remember how shiatty it looked?  Well, that was back in 1984, and things actually became worse.

I thought OCP cleaned up Detroit.



Ha!

Apparently, Detroit is so bad that "Robocop" was filmed in Dallas instead.

/Kidding about that....not sure if that was a main factor.
//But it was filmed in Dallas.
 
2013-07-09 02:42:54 PM  

Evil Mackerel: The_Sponge: Something to think about:

Remember the opening scene in "Beverly Hills Cop" where they show parts of Detroit?  Remember how shiatty it looked?  Well, that was back in 1984, and things actually became worse.

I thought OCP cleaned up Detroit.


I just rewatched Robocop the other week, and found it somewhat ironic that the violent, dystopian future Detroit actually looked cleaner and less bombed out than much of actual future Detroit.  50 years of Big Democratic Government in action, baby.  Welcome to your future, America !
 
2013-07-09 02:51:03 PM  

Evil Mackerel: The_Sponge: Something to think about:

Remember the opening scene in "Beverly Hills Cop" where they show parts of Detroit?  Remember how shiatty it looked?  Well, that was back in 1984, and things actually became worse.

I thought OCP cleaned up Detroit.


Outlandish Clown Posse?
 
2013-07-09 02:51:08 PM  

elvindeath: Evil Mackerel: The_Sponge: Something to think about:

Remember the opening scene in "Beverly Hills Cop" where they show parts of Detroit?  Remember how shiatty it looked?  Well, that was back in 1984, and things actually became worse.

I thought OCP cleaned up Detroit.

I just rewatched Robocop the other week, and found it somewhat ironic that the violent, dystopian future Detroit actually looked cleaner and less bombed out than much of actual future Detroit.  50 years of Big Democratic Government in action, baby.  Welcome to your future, America !



Detroit's problems have more to do with being a city built for a much larger population (and with it tax base) than what it now has. If the auto industry hadn't been able to give the unions the finger by moving production out of the Detroit area to 'right to work' (and boy is that an optimistic euphemism for 'corporations have the right to pay you less and fire you with little recourse') Detroit would still be an economic powerhouse. To fix Detroit we need to fix the labor market in this country. The unions need to get their teeth back and get power in The southern states and we need to provide incentives to build goods in the US instead of using cheap labor south of the border or overseas.
 
2013-07-09 02:51:11 PM  

The_Sponge: Evil Mackerel: The_Sponge: Something to think about:

Remember the opening scene in "Beverly Hills Cop" where they show parts of Detroit?  Remember how shiatty it looked?  Well, that was back in 1984, and things actually became worse.

I thought OCP cleaned up Detroit.


Ha!

Apparently, Detroit is so bad that "Robocop" was filmed in Dallas instead.

/Kidding about that....not sure if that was a main factor.
//But it was filmed in Dallas.


IIRC they wanted a more modern skyline, which Detroit lacked.
 
2013-07-09 02:59:28 PM  

Uzzah: Rapmaster2000: I'm enjoying this show more than the last.  The bigger budget and superior (or at least more of them) CNN fixers are getting him into more interesting places.  The crazy train in Myanmar had me laughing my ass off.

[cdn.cstatic.net image 500x280]

Shame they didn't show the rats that run under the seats, or the giant insects/snakes that are sometimes spotted on board. Even in the "first class" cars. And the best part is, you get to enjoy it for 8-10 hours, even if you're only going about 150 miles. Taking a train in Burma might very well be the single most unpleasant mode of travel a human being can experience.


They commented on some of the "non-paying" guests.  Their trip was listed as 8 hours...I think it ended up taking them 22 hours to get where they were going.  It was hilarious, in all the best of the worst ways.  Complete with the train raging at some ridiculous speed (40+ mph they were guessing) after dark, hitting bumps that nearly de-coupled the train cars.

They were kind, but not overly so, in their commentary.  We knew it was bad.
 
2013-07-09 03:12:04 PM  

TuteTibiImperes: Detroit's problems have more to do with being a city built for a much larger population (and with it tax base) than what it now has. If the auto industry hadn't been able to give the unions the finger by moving production out of the Detroit area to 'right to work' (and boy is that an optimistic euphemism for 'corporations have the right to pay you less and fire you with little recourse') Detroit would still be an economic powerhouse. To fix Detroit we need to fix the labor market in this country. The unions need to get their teeth back and get power in The southern states and we need to provide incentives to build goods in the US instead of using cheap labor south of the border or overseas.


I don't know that Detroit is getting 'fixed' in the way people think of fixing a town. It had essentially one industry and that industry to a large degree left town. What happened to it is the same thing that happens to any one-industry town that sees its industry leave: it shrivels up and stays shriveled up. Cities turn into towns. Towns turn into ghost towns. Detroit's just bigger than the others. If it wants to recover, it needs different industries. It can't be the car town anymore and it can't mope around thinking about the days when it was.
 
2013-07-09 03:21:24 PM  
Full Belly Café at 5041 Nevada

Less than 10 blocks from where my Mom was born and raised.  Uncle still owns the house and rents it out.

Props, Bourdain.
 
2013-07-09 03:31:10 PM  

elvindeath: I've lived and worked in and around Detroit for 41 years, and I've never even heard of - let alone gone to - any of those places.  Checking the locations on Google, I think I'd rather go to Beirut.


Hey!  Beirut is pretty awesome, actually.
 
2013-07-09 03:35:53 PM  

Gosling: TuteTibiImperes: Detroit's problems have more to do with being a city built for a much larger population (and with it tax base) than what it now has. If the auto industry hadn't been able to give the unions the finger by moving production out of the Detroit area to 'right to work' (and boy is that an optimistic euphemism for 'corporations have the right to pay you less and fire you with little recourse') Detroit would still be an economic powerhouse. To fix Detroit we need to fix the labor market in this country. The unions need to get their teeth back and get power in The southern states and we need to provide incentives to build goods in the US instead of using cheap labor south of the border or overseas.

I don't know that Detroit is getting 'fixed' in the way people think of fixing a town. It had essentially one industry and that industry to a large degree left town. What happened to it is the same thing that happens to any one-industry town that sees its industry leave: it shrivels up and stays shriveled up. Cities turn into towns. Towns turn into ghost towns. Detroit's just bigger than the others. If it wants to recover, it needs different industries. It can't be the car town anymore and it can't mope around thinking about the days when it was.


By George, you've got it!  Quick, telegraph your insight post haste!
 
2013-07-09 03:40:36 PM  

TuteTibiImperes: I was a big fan of No Reservations, and I've liked Parts Unknown quite a bit as well.  The larger budget and better camera work has enhanced the show.  Still, I imagine budget constraints do mean that they can't ship off across the world every episode.  Detroit doesn't get a lot of positive attention, so kudos for doing that.


Its not just that its cheaper to do US episodes. Its also a nice break in production for the crew. Sometimes it takes multiple days to get into some of the places they get to, so to be able to shoot a few days in Detroit and hop on a 737 nonstop 2-hr flight back home to New York the second shooting wraps is rather nice.
 
2013-07-09 03:41:24 PM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: elvindeath: I've lived and worked in and around Detroit for 41 years, and I've never even heard of - let alone gone to - any of those places.  Checking the locations on Google, I think I'd rather go to Beirut.

Hey!  Beirut is pretty awesome, actually.


I think he's a time traveler from 1983.
 
2013-07-09 03:53:56 PM  
Tute Tibilmperes:Detroit's problems have more to do with being a city built for a much larger population (and with it tax base) than what it now has. If the auto industry hadn't been able to give the unions the finger by moving production out of the Detroit area to 'right to work' (and boy is that an optimistic euphemism for 'corporations have the right to pay you less and fire you with little recourse') Detroit would still be an economic powerhouse. To fix Detroit we need to fix the labor market in this country. The unions need to get their teeth back and get power in The southern states and we need to provide incentives to build goods in the US instead of using cheap labor south of the border or overseas.

Gosling: I don't know that Detroit is getting 'fixed' in the way people think of fixing a town. It had essentially one industry and that industry to a large degree left town. What happened to it is the same thing that happens to any one-industry town that sees its industry leave: it shrivels up and stays shriveled up. Cities turn into towns. Towns turn into ghost towns. Detroit's just bigger than the others. If it wants to recover, it needs different industries. It can't be the car town anymore and it can't mope around thinking about the days when it was.


Lets not forget how much corruption has played a role in Detroit's downfall.  Their mayor was convicted of 24 federal crimes and faces up to 30 years in prison.  That type of corruption has been part - and to a certain degree continues to be - a part of Detroit's political culture for decades.
 
2013-07-09 03:56:50 PM  
i'll have to find someway to watch this show.  i loved no reservations and didn't mind the layover (or whatever it was called).

i still think he needs to spend more time in new orleans / se louisiana.  according to him, that was his favorite place to visit (the more recent no reservations in southeast louisiana, not the visit to new orleans right after katrina)

and, unarguably, new orleans is the most interesting place in the US.

/ i said unarguably, so you can't argue with me.  them's the breaks.
 
2013-07-09 03:58:07 PM  
Anthony Bourdain has a new show! That's great!

Sometimes gets preempted for what CNN calls news.....

that's bad. really really bad
 
2013-07-09 04:00:13 PM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Anthony Bourdain has a new show! That's great!

Sometimes gets preempted for what CNN calls news.....

that's bad. really really bad


As far as I remember none of the new episodes were pre-empted, but my DVR seems to think an episode is airing when CNN is actually showing something else fairly often, though that seems to have fixed itself over the past week or so.  I think CNN was just sending erroneous programming data to whoever makes those guides, resulting it showing episodes set to air when there were none.
 
2013-07-09 04:10:14 PM  

TuteTibiImperes: Detroit's problems have more to do with being a city built for a much larger population (and with it tax base) than what it now has. If the auto industry hadn't been able to give the unions the finger by moving production out of the Detroit area to 'right to work' (and boy is that an optimistic euphemism for 'corporations have the right to pay you less and fire you with little recourse') Detroit would still be an economic powerhouse. To fix Detroit we need to fix the labor market in this country. The unions need to get their teeth back and get power in The southern states and we need to provide incentives to build goods in the US instead of using cheap labor south of the border or overseas.


Nope:

1) Bring hundreds of thousands of poor blacks to come work in your factories.  Be racist farktards and give them legitimate grievances.
2) Build a FANTASTIC freeway system which lets people live 20-30 miles outside the city and still have decent commutes.  Michigan is just now starting to do HOV lanes because they really haven't been necessary (And I wouldn't be surprised if sheer outrage made MDOT get rid of them).
3) Blah people riot.  As a direct result, everyone with money leaves, either because of the riots or because their house loses half its value.
4) Rich, largely white, people in the suburbs hate the poor, largely blah, people for burning their city to the ground.  Blah politicians running looting the city for the next 40 years distract from their looting by blaming Whitey in the burbs.
5) Meanwhile, the economic climate is poor.  It's not bad outside of Detroit and some of the other cities, but it's poor as the UAW goes through a 50-year long slow slide.  The cities collapse even harder and faster since there are few well-paying blue-collar un/semi-skilled jobs remaining in the city (and there are fewer and fewer of these as the suburbs become somewhat self-sustaining and the UAW keeps collapsing due to automation, competition, and outsourcing), and the high skill white-collar jobs can be easily commuted to from WAY out in the burbs (and since the schools SUCK, there's no way the people living in Detroit can qualify).

So the cities become hollowed-out shells surrounded by incredibly non-dense, but super rich and somewhat self-sustaining, suburbs linked together by a fantastic freeway system.

Honestly, the only thing that would have saved Detroit proper (and the suburbs are VERY, VERY nice even today with a great wage/COL ratio) would have been NOT building the freeway system.  With no ability to flee Detroit and the first ring suburbs, the moneyed classes would've been forced to fight for the city instead of forcing it into the death spiral it's in today where everyone left, the city couldn't afford services (and the people who were left voted in looters), so everyone else left...  Admittedly, we couldn't get the family together for Christmas because they're scattered all around the region with a hour-plus drive given no traffic already, and there'd be no such thing as a yard, but that's just the price we'd have to pay to have a corrupt, expensive, and slow mass transit system (I'm in the Bay Area and that's what we've got now, so I can't imagine what Detroit would be like) and crippling traffic (ditto).

/And for those who are going "mass transit", that's NOT happening.   Not in an insanely non-dense region where entire neighborhoods would have to be skipped for the safety of the riders.
 
2013-07-09 04:17:33 PM  

meyerkev: TuteTibiImperes: Detroit's problems have more to do with being a city built for a much larger population (and with it tax base) than what it now has. If the auto industry hadn't been able to give the unions the finger by moving production out of the Detroit area to 'right to work' (and boy is that an optimistic euphemism for 'corporations have the right to pay you less and fire you with little recourse') Detroit would still be an economic powerhouse. To fix Detroit we need to fix the labor market in this country. The unions need to get their teeth back and get power in The southern states and we need to provide incentives to build goods in the US instead of using cheap labor south of the border or overseas.

Nope:

1) Bring hundreds of thousands of poor blacks to come work in your factories.  Be racist farktards and give them legitimate grievances.
2) Build a FANTASTIC freeway system which lets people live 20-30 miles outside the city and still have decent commutes.  Michigan is just now starting to do HOV lanes because they really haven't been necessary (And I wouldn't be surprised if sheer outrage made MDOT get rid of them).
3) Blah people riot.  As a direct result, everyone with money leaves, either because of the riots or because their house loses half its value.
4) Rich, largely white, people in the suburbs hate the poor, largely blah, people for burning their city to the ground.  Blah politicians running looting the city for the next 40 years distract from their looting by blaming Whitey in the burbs.
5) Meanwhile, the economic climate is poor.  It's not bad outside of Detroit and some of the other cities, but it's poor as the UAW goes through a 50-year long slow slide.  The cities collapse even harder and faster since there are few well-paying blue-collar un/semi-skilled jobs remaining in the city (and there are fewer and fewer of these as the suburbs become somewhat self-sustaining and the UAW keeps collapsing due to automation, competition, and outsourcing) ...


We bilked this city, we bilked this city of all its dough!

/Not mine
 
2013-07-09 05:11:55 PM  

Gecko Gingrich: He went to Detroit (and Baltimore and Buffalo) in No Reservations's "Rust Belt" episode.


Just watched that again last night.  Zamir is the man.
 
2013-07-09 05:31:54 PM  
Fark Bourdain

Nothing but a wannabe hack
 
2013-07-09 05:35:23 PM  

TuteTibiImperes: If the auto industry hadn't been able to give the unions the finger by moving production out of the Detroit area to 'right to work' (and boy is that an optimistic euphemism for 'corporations have the right to pay you less and fire you with little recourse') Detroit would still be an economic powerhouse.


US-brand autoplants in the US are all UAW regardless of state.
 
2013-07-09 05:38:53 PM  

The_Sponge: Something to think about:

Remember the opening scene in "Beverly Hills Cop" where they show parts of Detroit?  Remember how shiatty it looked?  Well, that was back in 1984, and things actually became worse.




I always thought it weird that NY improved over that time. I think it's because we ate all the homeless.
 
2013-07-09 05:56:20 PM  

JohnAnnArbor: TuteTibiImperes: If the auto industry hadn't been able to give the unions the finger by moving production out of the Detroit area to 'right to work' (and boy is that an optimistic euphemism for 'corporations have the right to pay you less and fire you with little recourse') Detroit would still be an economic powerhouse.

US-brand autoplants in the US are all UAW regardless of state.


But the Mercedes, Toyota, Nissan, etc, plants in Alabama, Tennessee, Texas etc, aren't.

Granted, they wouldn't have necessarily set up near Detroit, but had the industry not diverged from that area beforehand there's a good chance that the supplier base and associated infrastructure would have remained concentrated in Detroit, so it would have made a logical place for the others to set up if there wasn't cheaper labor available elsewhere.
 
2013-07-09 06:34:01 PM  

Buffalo77: Fark Bourdain

Nothing but a wannabe hack


What's your beef bro?
 
2013-07-09 06:36:17 PM  

Buffalo77: Fark Bourdain

Nothing but a wannabe hack


Exactly what hack is he trying to be?
 
2013-07-09 07:28:26 PM  

Buffalo77: Fark Bourdain

Nothing but a wannabe hack


The dude was/is an actual chef, and highly regarded one. If you want to talk celebrity hacks, Paula Deen may be more up your alley.
 
2013-07-09 08:18:24 PM  

Buffalo77: Fark Bourdain

Nothing but a wannabe hack


I think he's actually got a pretty good vibe going with his shows. Sorry you think he's full of crap. I like his cultural and family focus.
Plus his wife could probably kick your ass....
 
2013-07-09 09:17:28 PM  

Buffalo77: Fark Bourdain

Nothing but a wannabe hack


deanis: Buffalo77: Fark Bourdain

Nothing but a wannabe hack

What's your beef bro?


gingerjet: Buffalo77: Fark Bourdain

Nothing but a wannabe hack

Exactly what hack is he trying to be?


dickfreckle: Buffalo77: Fark Bourdain

Nothing but a wannabe hack

The dude was/is an actual chef, and highly regarded one. If you want to talk celebrity hacks, Paula Deen may be more up your alley.


Arthur Two Sheds Jackson: Buffalo77: Fark Bourdain

Nothing but a wannabe hack

I think he's actually got a pretty good vibe going with his shows. Sorry you think he's full of crap. I like his cultural and family focus.
Plus his wife could probably kick your ass....


Ummm.Yeah!!!!
 
2013-07-10 12:31:26 AM  
I just loved that when he did the LA show the artist guy he interviewed convinced him to go to Sizzler. That's something I never thought I'd see.
 
2013-07-10 12:35:18 AM  

fusillade762: I just loved that when he did the LA show the artist guy he interviewed convinced him to go to Sizzler. That's something I never thought I'd see.


Heh, and he actually liked it.  It kind of made me want to check out a Sizzler again - it looked a lot better than I remember Sizzler being.
 
2013-07-10 02:51:58 AM  

TuteTibiImperes: The Stealth Hippopotamus: Anthony Bourdain has a new show! That's great!

Sometimes gets preempted for what CNN calls news.....

that's bad. really really bad

As far as I remember none of the new episodes were pre-empted, but my DVR seems to think an episode is airing when CNN is actually showing something else fairly often, though that seems to have fixed itself over the past week or so.  I think CNN was just sending erroneous programming data to whoever makes those guides, resulting it showing episodes set to air when there were none.


I thought it was getting pre-empted by the plane crash recently, but they just have a brief news update at the top of the hour and went into the show. It looked like a regular hour long CNN news program was starting though. They should be clearer about the fact that it is coming on after the news snippet.

/ Not that what you're saying isn't happening too.
 
2013-07-10 10:09:34 AM  
It was preempted by the plane crash.  I like his new show, he's got a natural charisma and tells good stories about food and culture.  Makes me wish I travelled more.
 
2013-07-10 12:48:49 PM  

Buffalo77: Fark Bourdain

Nothing but a wannabe hack



Real hack

ronamok.com
 
2013-07-10 01:16:19 PM  

TuteTibiImperes: fusillade762: I just loved that when he did the LA show the artist guy he interviewed convinced him to go to Sizzler. That's something I never thought I'd see.

Heh, and he actually liked it.  It kind of made me want to check out a Sizzler again - it looked a lot better than I remember Sizzler being.


My wife and I loved that episode!  Once we heard that David Choe would be on, because he is so wacky, we figured he would do something like that.  We didn't expect Sizzler though.  HAHA!

Loved Choe's introduction as well, wearing the bunny head.

My wife routinely comments that he has the best job in the world.  Going from show to show just having someone pay him to travel the world, drinking and eating his way through it, while meeting interesting people has to be amazing. Kudos to him
 
2013-07-10 01:59:51 PM  

meyerkev: So the cities become hollowed-out shells surrounded by incredibly non-dense, but super rich and somewhat self-sustaining, suburbs linked together by a fantastic freeway system.


So you're a local too, eh?  People just don't understand how something like this can happen until they see it.  I had a "friend" raised in rural Canada out to my house, 2 blocks north of 9mi, for a week or so who asked what 8mi is and why it's so famous.  So I drove her across the street.  We couldn't get back to my side fast enough for her liking; night was falling at that time and she suddenly got a total understanding of the concept of "white flight".

TuteTibiImperes: If the auto industry hadn't been able to give the unions the finger by moving production out of the Detroit area to 'right to work' (and boy is that an optimistic euphemism for 'corporations have the right to pay you less and fire you with little recourse') Detroit would still be an economic powerhouse. To fix Detroit we need to fix the labor market in this country.

I'm guessing you're a union guy, right?  Last time I was car shopping for a GM, I noticed that all of the cars were built in canada, mexico, and south east asia these days.  Not, as you seem to have been told by your union leaders, right to work states.  I'm from a union family and I was raised knowing that my father made more money than he should have for the work he did.  We appreciated the money, but we were also taught to understand that that "too much money" we enjoyed was directly responsible for the high prices of domestic cars compared to imports.  True story:  My father kept turning down overtime because it caused him to make too much money, putting him in to a higher tax bracket and making his time spent working effectively worthless.
 
2013-07-10 04:10:36 PM  
ThatGuyOverThere:  True story:  My father kept turning down overtime because it caused him to make too much money, putting him in to a higher tax bracket and making his time spent working effectively worthless.

i.canvasugc.com

TAX BRACKETS DON'T WORK THAT WAY!!!

Your dad is an idiot.

Let's say the cut off is $50,000 and if you make less than that, the tax bracket is 25%; more than that, 33%.

If you make $50,100, the 33% tax rate only applies on the extra $100; the first $50,000 is taxed at 25%.  There is no situation where making more money causes your take home pay to drop.
 
2013-07-10 04:31:59 PM  

Geotpf: ThatGuyOverThere:  True story:  My father kept turning down overtime because it caused him to make too much money, putting him in to a higher tax bracket and making his time spent working effectively worthless.

[i.canvasugc.com image 320x240]

TAX BRACKETS DON'T WORK THAT WAY!!!

Your dad is an idiot.

Let's say the cut off is $50,000 and if you make less than that, the tax bracket is 25%; more than that, 33%.

If you make $50,100, the 33% tax rate only applies on the extra $100; the first $50,000 is taxed at 25%.  There is no situation where making more money causes your take home pay to drop.


This.

Now you might eventually get to a point where your "Not getting to spend Saturday afternoon with my kids" pay is $500, and the increased tax brackets push you below that number, but that's an entirely different story

/Aka why I make 3x as much as my father, only take home 2x, and then pay 4x the rent.
 
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