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(Duluth News Tribune)   Owner of a Wendy's franchise shut down by a fire will continue to pay his employees because "it's the right thing to do"   (duluthnewstribune.com) divider line 77
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2014-02-06 11:16:42 PM
Ahead Derp Factor 9!
 
2014-02-06 11:32:12 PM

PirateKing: Lsherm: PirateKing: So we got a bunch of people together, and started a charity to provide emergency help to food workers in need.

You should link to it.  If you don't have a web presence, then you should.  It's the easiest way to get random dollars.

Fair enough. I didn't want to seem like I was shilling, especially since we're just Louisville, KY focused right now. There are plans to move out nationally, eventually, but we're still quite small.

http://aproninc.org/

APRON, Inc. was founded in 2011 by a group of individuals with ties to the local restaurant community. Apron supporters include owners, servers, chefs and others concerned about our local independent food and beverage service workers. They realize that independent restaurant employees may be susceptible to financial distress in times of crisis.

Disclosure: I am not on the board or advisory board, but my fiancee is. I donate graphic design (that's my logo) and some tech services, along with volunteering at all the events and chipping in a few bucks when I can.


My mother is from Louisville!  I donated a little, but if you want some more reach, you should include a blurb about it in your profile.  My uncle has retired to Louisville and he was a labor lawyer in California for 50 years, so I'll pass along the info.  He's far richer than I am :)
 
2014-02-06 11:36:49 PM

Lsherm: PirateKing: Lsherm: PirateKing: So we got a bunch of people together, and started a charity to provide emergency help to food workers in need.

You should link to it.  If you don't have a web presence, then you should.  It's the easiest way to get random dollars.

Fair enough. I didn't want to seem like I was shilling, especially since we're just Louisville, KY focused right now. There are plans to move out nationally, eventually, but we're still quite small.

http://aproninc.org/

APRON, Inc. was founded in 2011 by a group of individuals with ties to the local restaurant community. Apron supporters include owners, servers, chefs and others concerned about our local independent food and beverage service workers. They realize that independent restaurant employees may be susceptible to financial distress in times of crisis.

Disclosure: I am not on the board or advisory board, but my fiancee is. I donate graphic design (that's my logo) and some tech services, along with volunteering at all the events and chipping in a few bucks when I can.

My mother is from Louisville!  I donated a little, but if you want some more reach, you should include a blurb about it in your profile.  My uncle has retired to Louisville and he was a labor lawyer in California for 50 years, so I'll pass along the info.  He's far richer than I am :)


Thank you! That's cool. I'll add a link to my profile, although I expect the number of people who click my profile on a yearly basis can be counted on six or seven people's hands.
 
2014-02-06 11:45:48 PM
This'll last
 
2014-02-06 11:51:38 PM

jsmilky: this story reminds me of that factory owner who did the same thing for a couple of months, when his factory burned down.  this
was in the late 1990s.  anyone here remember all that?


Malden Mills in Lawrence, ma. I think they invented polar fleece. Worked next door.
 
2014-02-06 11:55:09 PM

PirateKing: Thank you! That's cool. I'll add a link to my profile, although I expect the number of people who click my profile on a yearly basis can be counted on six or seven people's hands.


Repeat after me:  Obamacare punishes poor people, like Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter, just like the Jews during the Holocaust.  Lindsay Lohan, Taylor Swift, and Pope Francis agree.  Nazis don't believe in evolution.  Israel hates Palestinian puppies.  Billionaires are misunderstood.  Catholics suck.  Uncircumcised dicks are gross.  fark cats.  Phillip Seymour Hoffman.  Debt ceiling.  Plastic bags are a God given human right in America.  Handguns don't kill people, (minority) people with handguns kill people.  Gun laws don't protect people.  Gun laws protect people.  Guns don't protect people. Guns protect people.  Amuuurika!  Europe!  Florida! Men who complain about being "just friends" are unattractive and passively hostile towards women.

Use any of those, and trust me, people will click on your profile.
 
2014-02-06 11:59:25 PM

blacksho89: Actually, neither say that's evil. But I understand the intellectual vacuity of a generation that can't think past 140 characters. Why study issues when you can learn all you need to know by reading bumper stickers?


There were 140 characters in line outside of your mom's house last night.

That's why I stayed with your dad instead.
 
2014-02-07 12:43:27 AM

chitownmike: ThatBillmanGuy: To be fired by the company in 3... 2...

no idea how franchises work do you?


Actually, not really, no.
 
2014-02-07 01:06:53 AM

KAzaMM: Finally a slum lord of a fast food joint owner does the right thing.


Why is that the right thing? Would the employees have worked for free for even a week if the owner had been unable to pay?

A job is a business transaction, and it shouldn't be anything else. I'm not saying be a cheap dick. Treat your employees well, pay them fairly, give them time off and dignity. But why the fark would you pay someone while they aren't working? That's just stupid.
 
2014-02-07 01:13:56 AM

otto the bull: "it's the right thing to do"

means

"he has loss-of-income coverage as part of his business insurance policy", "it would have been a challenge to restart the restaurant with new staff members who required extensive training".


I see no problem here. He went long on it and it paid off, for him and the employees. He did the right thing long before the fire.
 
2014-02-07 01:34:00 AM

The more you eat the more you fart: Congrats for being a decent person to the people who were loyal to your business and enabled you to make money.

/socialism works.


4/10.

/It's also really good at starving, brainwashing, and killing millions of its own citizens
 
2014-02-07 01:38:07 AM

"BECAUSE INSURANCE COVERS IT"

 
2014-02-07 01:44:26 AM
Depending on how fast the Wendy's construction crew is, they could have a new one built in as little as 5-6 weeks.  I once saw a Braum's Ice Cream Store raised to the ground and open it's doors again in that time. It was massively impressive.
 
2014-02-07 01:45:42 AM

Lusiphur: KAzaMM: Finally a slum lord of a fast food joint owner does the right thing.

Why is that the right thing? Would the employees have worked for free for even a week if the owner had been unable to pay?

A job is a business transaction, and it shouldn't be anything else. I'm not saying be a cheap dick. Treat your employees well, pay them fairly, give them time off and dignity. But why the fark would you pay someone while they aren't working? That's just stupid.


Probably so they'll all still have homes and functioning transportation, along with loyalty toward the owner when the business opens again.  Or would you prefer that he hires a new bunch of people that will need to be trained along with the ones who survived being without their normal income for several months that need to find new homes once they start getting paid again?
 
2014-02-07 01:58:52 AM

Stinkyy: /It's also really good at starving, brainwashing, and killing millions of its own citizens


No, that's fascism.  The Third Reich wasn't Socialist and neither was the USSR.  History.  Actual contents may not match label.
 
2014-02-07 02:00:30 AM

bunner: Stinkyy: /It's also really good at starving, brainwashing, and killing millions of its own citizens

No, that's fascism.  The Third Reich wasn't Socialist and neither was the USSR.  History.  Actual contents may not match label.


Also, Mr. Stinkyy, FYI: The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is neither Democratic, nor a Republic, nor of the People.
 
2014-02-07 02:04:59 AM

jsmilky: this story reminds me of that factory owner who did the same thing for a couple of months, when his factory burned down.  this
was in the late 1990s.  anyone here remember all that?


It was Malden Mills. It came up as a case study in my business ethics class as an example that even doing the right thing ethically can still cause your company to become bankrupt and then lose control of the firm to creditors when it comes out of bankruptcy. Pretty sad story.
 
2014-02-07 02:12:42 AM
Yeah, i work at Wendy's, I'd be willing to bet our franchise owner wouldn't do that. I've not met him yet in the 4 months i've worked there, but I've heard he's a dick.

/i want a transfer!
 
2014-02-07 05:25:44 AM

bunner: Stinkyy: /It's also really good at starving, brainwashing, and killing millions of its own citizens

No, that's fascism.  The Third Reich wasn't Socialist and neither was the USSR.  History.  Actual contents may not match label.


The Soviet Union was indeed socialist. It's not the same flavour of socialism by any means as the democratic socialism coonts like me are always banging on about, but socialism it is. The Third Reich, of course, was fascist. Fascism does have its roots in socialist theory but turns the whole idea on its head to create its polar opposite. Which is why fascists and communists are invariably at each others' throats.


The more you eat the more you fart: Congrats for being a decent person to the people who were loyal to your business and enabled you to make money.

/socialism works.


It does, but this isn't socialism. It's that incredibly rare beast, genuinely responsible capitalism. The owner recognises the value of keeping his current employees enough to invest in maintaining them through the time his restaurant is shut down.
 
2014-02-07 05:32:06 AM

Gordon Bennett: Fascism does have its roots in socialist theory but turns the whole idea on its head to create its polar opposite.


Like capitalism and corporatism.
 
2014-02-07 06:54:24 AM
In America you can now get paid for doing nothing. Sounds about right.
 
2014-02-07 06:56:35 AM

yoyopro: You are a great man, Bob Sullivan, you understand the value of your talent.


Talent? You want to impress with your "talent" get my farking order right!
 
2014-02-07 07:39:45 AM
Right thing for all parties involved.  Don't know if that makes it heroic, but then again, one man's heroic is far different from another's, isn't it?
 
2014-02-07 09:22:54 AM

bunner: Stinkyy: /It's also really good at starving, brainwashing, and killing millions of its own citizens

No, that's fascism.  The Third Reich wasn't Socialist and neither was the USSR.  History.  Actual contents may not match label.


MadCat221: bunner: Stinkyy: /It's also really good at starving, brainwashing, and killing millions of its own citizens

No, that's fascism.  The Third Reich wasn't Socialist and neither was the USSR.  History.  Actual contents may not match label.

Also, Mr. Stinkyy, FYI: The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is neither Democratic, nor a Republic, nor of the People.


First line: "Mass killings occurred under some Communist regimes during the twentieth century with an estimated death toll numbering between 85 and 100 million."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_killings_under_Communist_regimes

"...rough breakdown of the numbers of people that communism killed:
USSR -- 20 million
China -- 65 million
Vietnam -- 1 million
North Korea -- 2 million
Cambodia -- 2 million
Eastern Europe -- 1 million
Latin America -- 150,000
Africa -- 1.7 million
Afghanistan -- 1.5 million
Communist movements, parties not in power -- 10,000"

http://www.thecommentator.com/article/4230/so_how_many_did_communism _k ill

But it's ok, let's whitewash the term communism so that B.O.'s policies will work wondrously and he can continue to militarize police departments to aid his (quote) citizens.
 
2014-02-07 02:19:49 PM

Stinkyy: bunner: Stinkyy: /It's also really good at starving, brainwashing, and killing millions of its own citizens

No, that's fascism.  The Third Reich wasn't Socialist and neither was the USSR.  History.  Actual contents may not match label.

MadCat221: bunner: Stinkyy: /It's also really good at starving, brainwashing, and killing millions of its own citizens

No, that's fascism.  The Third Reich wasn't Socialist and neither was the USSR.  History.  Actual contents may not match label.

Also, Mr. Stinkyy, FYI: The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is neither Democratic, nor a Republic, nor of the People.

First line: "Mass killings occurred under some Communist regimes during the twentieth century with an estimated death toll numbering between 85 and 100 million."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_killings_under_Communist_regimes

"...rough breakdown of the numbers of people that communism killed:
USSR -- 20 million
China -- 65 million
Vietnam -- 1 million
North Korea -- 2 million
Cambodia -- 2 million
Eastern Europe -- 1 million
Latin America -- 150,000
Africa -- 1.7 million
Afghanistan -- 1.5 million
Communist movements, parties not in power -- 10,000"

http://www.thecommentator.com/article/4230/so_how_many_did_communism _k ill

But it's ok, let's whitewash the term communism so that B.O.'s policies will work wondrously and he can continue to militarize police departments to aid his (quote) citizens.


Oh look, you completely failed to digest what we said.
 
2014-02-07 02:47:02 PM

MadCat221: Stinkyy: bunner: Stinkyy: /It's also really good at starving, brainwashing, and killing millions of its own citizens

No, that's fascism.  The Third Reich wasn't Socialist and neither was the USSR.  History.  Actual contents may not match label.

MadCat221: bunner: Stinkyy: /It's also really good at starving, brainwashing, and killing millions of its own citizens

No, that's fascism.  The Third Reich wasn't Socialist and neither was the USSR.  History.  Actual contents may not match label.

Also, Mr. Stinkyy, FYI: The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is neither Democratic, nor a Republic, nor of the People.

First line: "Mass killings occurred under some Communist regimes during the twentieth century with an estimated death toll numbering between 85 and 100 million."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_killings_under_Communist_regimes

"...rough breakdown of the numbers of people that communism killed:
USSR -- 20 million
China -- 65 million
Vietnam -- 1 million
North Korea -- 2 million
Cambodia -- 2 million
Eastern Europe -- 1 million
Latin America -- 150,000
Africa -- 1.7 million
Afghanistan -- 1.5 million
Communist movements, parties not in power -- 10,000"

http://www.thecommentator.com/article/4230/so_how_many_did_communism _k ill

But it's ok, let's whitewash the term communism so that B.O.'s policies will work wondrously and he can continue to militarize police departments to aid his (quote) citizens.

Oh look, you completely failed to digest what we said.


Socialism, Communism, peas in a pod.  Your willful ignorance of the truth is not unlike any Gimmecrat, feasting on the carcass of the American economy.  What happens when the dollar is completely worthless?  Answer:  you and everyone else will get to work directly for your socialist/communist/Marxist messiah (without pay).  Won't that be swell.
 
2014-02-07 03:51:22 PM
: Socialism, Communism, peas in a pod.  Your willful ignorance of the truth is not unlike any Gimmecrat, feasting on the carcass of the American economy.

2/10.  2 for "gimmiecrat", -8 because you seem to actually believe that there are two political parties with disparate agendas.  And, uh, the dollar IS worthless.  They're just confetti canon IOUs with nothing behind them but your great, grand kids' sweat equity.  Marx didn't do that.  Scorched earth corporatism did.
 
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