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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 20
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2014-02-06 09:00:16 PM  
7 votes:

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".


He could have just as easily pocketed that insurance payout. Considering most people think good employees in low level jobs are a dime a dozen, and anybody can be trained to do the job in four hours (I know because I've been told so on Fark) it is refreshing to hear that he's keeping his staff paid while they rebuild.

If he had shareholders to answer to, there is no farking way this would happen. Everybody would be out on the street, and the insurance money would be applied to dividends and the store never rebuilt.
2014-02-06 08:53:10 PM  
6 votes:
Congrats for being a decent person to the people who were loyal to your business and enabled you to make money.

/socialism works.
2014-02-06 08:55:10 PM  
3 votes:
"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".
2014-02-06 10:10:00 PM  
2 votes:
In other news, thoughtful, ethical and pragmatic business practices are now a huge story and warrant a hero tag.
2014-02-06 09:02:32 PM  
2 votes:

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".


Lots of business owner view their employees as easily replaceable drones, he does not, he see them as a value to his business.
2014-02-07 06:54:24 AM  
1 votes:
In America you can now get paid for doing nothing. Sounds about right.
2014-02-07 05:32:06 AM  
1 votes:

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 05:25:44 AM  
1 votes:

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 02:00:30 AM  
1 votes:

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 01:58:52 AM  
1 votes:

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 01:45:42 AM  
1 votes:

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 01:34:00 AM  
1 votes:

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
2014-02-06 11:02:43 PM  
1 votes:
Having insurance actually makes this story more powerful. This is not a publicity grab or a sudden attack of niceness.  Year after year, every time he paid the insurance premiums, he consciously made the same decision over and over again: "I think I want my employees not to suffer if the shiat ever goes down."
2014-02-06 10:44:24 PM  
1 votes:

machodonkeywrestler: theorellior: 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?

Wow, nice Twitter zinger. You must be a hit back at the nursing home.

As a Randian, more likely he's in high school.


And as an ad hominem practitioner, your most likely in middle school, Beavis. Try harder.
2014-02-06 10:32:01 PM  
1 votes:
And yet, if a single-shop independent restaurant closes, it's very rare that ANYONE will have any safety net. Not because the owners are dicks, but because independently owned restaurants are often right on the margin at the best of times, no matter how popular they are. And it's far more likely that people at an independent restaurant  are in the job for the long term.

Which is why I got involved in a local charity to provide emergency relief for food and beverage workers at independent restaurants.

Kudos to this guy for not treating his workers like cogs.
2014-02-06 09:32:44 PM  
1 votes:

hamdinger: But Jesus and Ayn Rand say that's evil.

What? What do you mean Ayn Rand didn't believe in Jesus? Then who wrote the Bible?


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?
2014-02-06 09:01:07 PM  
1 votes:

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".


"Extensive training"??

Let's not patronize these people
2014-02-06 09:00:38 PM  
1 votes:

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".


this ... insurance will cover it and he'd be nuts to lose trained employees
2014-02-06 08:58:47 PM  
1 votes:
More like the Insurance is paying them but he paid the Insurance so.... bragging rights?
2014-02-06 08:56:06 PM  
1 votes:
You are a great man, Bob Sullivan, you understand the value of your talent.
 
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