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(APM Marketplace)   With SXSW canceled due to Covid-19 concerns, businesses in Austin now face a combined $350-million budget hole   (marketplace.org) divider line
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2020-03-09 3:43:07 PM  
That's just stone cold, Steve.
 
2020-03-09 3:43:15 PM  
Just sell another 350 million worth of "keep Austin weird" shirts. Problem solved.
 
2020-03-09 3:45:54 PM  
This is turning out to be an expensive hoax.
 
2020-03-09 3:46:14 PM  
Help us, Aaron Franklin. You're our only hope!
 
2020-03-09 3:48:31 PM  
There's only on way to fix this:

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2020-03-09 3:59:18 PM  
So who's down for a FARK party?
 
2020-03-09 4:13:15 PM  
It is indeed A VERY BIG deal for Austin, and for many of the people that I know that work in the service industry here. Most businesses have this month priced into their budget, as far as the carload of cash they were figuring to make. A lot of the unofficial shows are still going to be going on. Whether you want to tempt fate? That's your call. But, this year will be a lot more like 25 years ago as far as corporate Doritos stage bullshiat goes....I'll wait and see what the next 2 weeks bring...
 
2020-03-09 4:15:03 PM  
Elizabeth Mathis, who works at a bar called Javelina on Rainey Street in Austin, spent part of Sunday night talking to her fellow bartenders about what they were going to do next. "I think it'll be OK," she said. "I am worried [...] we were all expecting to have that extra push. It's our bonus, pretty much. I got hired here in May and I was holding out expecting to be here in March for 'South by.' " Mathis said she was concerned about COVID-19 with so many people coming in from out of town, but now she's worried about her ability to pay rent.

If your financial situation is so precariously balanced that a bartender working since May 2019 was expecting a "bonus" in March 2020 to cover the rent for the month, you have bigger problems.
 
2020-03-09 4:19:51 PM  

FlippityFlap: It is indeed A VERY BIG deal for Austin, and for many of the people that I know that work in the service industry here. Most businesses have this month priced into their budget, as far as the carload of cash they were figuring to make. A lot of the unofficial shows are still going to be going on. Whether you want to tempt fate? That's your call. But, this year will be a lot more like 25 years ago as far as corporate Doritos stage bullshiat goes....I'll wait and see what the next 2 weeks bring...


This doesn't even get into the hit that the performers will be taking.  I follow a good number of musicians on Twitch and they're all getting hit by this.
 
2020-03-09 4:23:21 PM  

mrmopar5287: Elizabeth Mathis, who works at a bar called Javelina on Rainey Street in Austin, spent part of Sunday night talking to her fellow bartenders about what they were going to do next. "I think it'll be OK," she said. "I am worried [...] we were all expecting to have that extra push. It's our bonus, pretty much. I got hired here in May and I was holding out expecting to be here in March for 'South by.' " Mathis said she was concerned about COVID-19 with so many people coming in from out of town, but now she's worried about her ability to pay rent.

If your financial situation is so precariously balanced that a bartender working since May 2019 was expecting a "bonus" in March 2020 to cover the rent for the month, you have bigger problems.


It's the largest event in the city for the service industry. It's counted on. If Christmas was canceled would you tell retailers depending on that business they got bigger problems?

Holding on to a job because there will be a huge rush is actually being financially responsible. Quitting before a big rush would be stupid.
 
2020-03-09 4:26:11 PM  
This is the thing that worries me about the economy and COVID-19. All these little hits will just keep adding up and have kind of a landslide effect. Pretty soon we'll be talking about real money and real long term damage to our economy which was kind of on shaky ground anyways.
 
2020-03-09 4:34:25 PM  
So, what youre trying to say is banking on a single event is hilariously stupid and will bite you in the ass at some point in time no matter what?

Go farking figure
 
2020-03-09 4:36:15 PM  

max_pooper: Holding on to a job because there will be a huge rush is actually being financially responsible. Quitting before a big rush would be stupid.


I agree with this. However, basing your monthly budget around this event to "make rent" for the month seems to be something that just isn't happening. It appears to be a fabrication of the interviewee.
 
2020-03-09 4:36:32 PM  

lifeslammer: So, what youre trying to say is banking on a single event is hilariously stupid and will bite you in the ass at some point in time no matter what?

Go farking figure


Pretty much every smallish city has some version of this. Not every city can be Las Vegas or New York, a destination all year.
 
2020-03-09 4:58:40 PM  

Peter Weyland: FlippityFlap: It is indeed A VERY BIG deal for Austin, and for many of the people that I know that work in the service industry here. Most businesses have this month priced into their budget, as far as the carload of cash they were figuring to make. A lot of the unofficial shows are still going to be going on. Whether you want to tempt fate? That's your call. But, this year will be a lot more like 25 years ago as far as corporate Doritos stage bullshiat goes....I'll wait and see what the next 2 weeks bring...

This doesn't even get into the hit that the performers will be taking.  I follow a good number of musicians on Twitch and they're all getting hit by this.


To some degree that is true, though because I did sound for SXSW in the 90's, "most" official acts don't get paid. What they do lose out on are the lucrative private parties and un-official stuff. Although, those are mostly still on. It won't be what it was last year, but that is a double edged sword. I've watched it go from 0 to 100 locally. Now it falls back to zero...we'll see....
 
2020-03-09 6:00:16 PM  
That's why we don't have any cultural events here where I live.
 
2020-03-09 6:07:39 PM  

dryknife: That's why we don't have any cultural events here where I live.


Maybe if you were friendlier?
 
2020-03-09 6:17:53 PM  

wax_on: This is the thing that worries me about the economy and COVID-19. All these little hits will just keep adding up and have kind of a landslide effect. Pretty soon we'll be talking about real money and real long term damage to our economy which was kind of on shaky ground anyways.


Hence the reason the stock market is in full on panic mode.
 
2020-03-09 6:37:27 PM  

mrmopar5287: Elizabeth Mathis, who works at a bar called Javelina on Rainey Street in Austin, spent part of Sunday night talking to her fellow bartenders about what they were going to do next. "I think it'll be OK," she said. "I am worried [...] we were all expecting to have that extra push. It's our bonus, pretty much. I got hired here in May and I was holding out expecting to be here in March for 'South by.' " Mathis said she was concerned about COVID-19 with so many people coming in from out of town, but now she's worried about her ability to pay rent.

If your financial situation is so precariously balanced that a bartender working since May 2019 was expecting a "bonus" in March 2020 to cover the rent for the month, you have bigger problems.


Maybe if the minimum wage was adjusted to provide a sustaining, living wage this problem wouldn't exist.

But keep on pissing on service workers like you're better than them, because we all know thats not trye
 
2020-03-09 6:37:44 PM  

anwserman: mrmopar5287: Elizabeth Mathis, who works at a bar called Javelina on Rainey Street in Austin, spent part of Sunday night talking to her fellow bartenders about what they were going to do next. "I think it'll be OK," she said. "I am worried [...] we were all expecting to have that extra push. It's our bonus, pretty much. I got hired here in May and I was holding out expecting to be here in March for 'South by.' " Mathis said she was concerned about COVID-19 with so many people coming in from out of town, but now she's worried about her ability to pay rent.

If your financial situation is so precariously balanced that a bartender working since May 2019 was expecting a "bonus" in March 2020 to cover the rent for the month, you have bigger problems.

Maybe if the minimum wage was adjusted to provide a sustaining, living wage this problem wouldn't exist.

But keep on pissing on service workers like you're better than them, because we all know thats not trye


*true
 
2020-03-09 6:54:02 PM  

anwserman: Maybe if the minimum wage was adjusted to provide a sustaining, living wage this problem wouldn't exist.


I don't disagree. I'm just saying that someone claiming they worked this job for the past 8 months and is now depending on a single month of booming tips to pay rent this month is weird.

It's illogical and is entirely untruthful. It's someone exaggerating for a news article.
 
2020-03-09 7:31:13 PM  

mrmopar5287: anwserman: Maybe if the minimum wage was adjusted to provide a sustaining, living wage this problem wouldn't exist.

I don't disagree. I'm just saying that someone claiming they worked this job for the past 8 months and is now depending on a single month of booming tips to pay rent this month is weird.

It's illogical and is entirely untruthful. It's someone exaggerating for a news article.


No it's not. It's a cyclical business cycle. Many industries depend on upswings from scheduled events. The cancellation of the an event as large as SXSW is unprecedented. It's like Christmas being cancelled for retailers or Easter being cancelled for Peeps.
 
2020-03-09 7:44:54 PM  

max_pooper: It's like Christmas being cancelled for retailers or Easter being cancelled for Peeps.


Retailers and Peeps are different. No one, and I do mean NO ONE goes into a job in May and expects that the rent being paid in March depends on a festival. Bartenders are not planning for that 9 months in advance.
 
2020-03-09 7:50:42 PM  

mrmopar5287: max_pooper: It's like Christmas being cancelled for retailers or Easter being cancelled for Peeps.

Retailers and Peeps are different. No one, and I do mean NO ONE goes into a job in May and expects that the rent being paid in March depends on a festival. Bartenders are not planning for that 9 months in advance.


Why? The largest month for that business is March, why would somebody not count on that bump to pay their rent in April?

It's the same as a person taking a retail job knowing that the Christmas overtime will help them pay January rent.
 
2020-03-10 12:15:22 AM  

mrmopar5287: Elizabeth Mathis, who works at a bar called Javelina on Rainey Street in Austin, spent part of Sunday night talking to her fellow bartenders about what they were going to do next. "I think it'll be OK," she said. "I am worried [...] we were all expecting to have that extra push. It's our bonus, pretty much. I got hired here in May and I was holding out expecting to be here in March for 'South by.' " Mathis said she was concerned about COVID-19 with so many people coming in from out of town, but now she's worried about her ability to pay rent.

If your financial situation is so precariously balanced that a bartender working since May 2019 was expecting a "bonus" in March 2020 to cover the rent for the month, you have bigger problems.


This is callous. I live in Austin and while I appreciate of not having to deal with the hordes of hipsters and/or millennials descending on our city (yes I've lived here longer than SXSW has existed) I can also understand the pain of people who are hit the hardest by this. Folks in the service industry, tiny retailers hanging on by a thread, food truck owners who put their heart and soul into their box truck that only prayer keeps running.

I got very lucky that my hobby of being a computer nerd actually turned out to be good living with long lasting prospects and I'm thankful for that every day. I also try to buy/eat at local shops, don't worry too much about not-exactly-perfect service (should I get upset at that kid trying to earn extra while going to school, or the single mom with too many tattoos on her 6th hour of the shift, because they didn't refill my ice tea?)  and still leave a good tip.

Give them a break, is what I'm trying to say here.
 
2020-03-10 12:14:50 PM  

anwserman: mrmopar5287: Elizabeth Mathis, who works at a bar called Javelina on Rainey Street in Austin, spent part of Sunday night talking to her fellow bartenders about what they were going to do next. "I think it'll be OK," she said. "I am worried [...] we were all expecting to have that extra push. It's our bonus, pretty much. I got hired here in May and I was holding out expecting to be here in March for 'South by.' " Mathis said she was concerned about COVID-19 with so many people coming in from out of town, but now she's worried about her ability to pay rent.

If your financial situation is so precariously balanced that a bartender working since May 2019 was expecting a "bonus" in March 2020 to cover the rent for the month, you have bigger problems.

Maybe if the minimum wage was adjusted to provide a sustaining, living wage this problem wouldn't exist.

But keep on pissing on service workers like you're better than them, because we all know thats not trye


TEXAS

Otherwise known as a red state, where they do everything possible to screw everyone over as much as they can get away with
 
2020-03-10 12:38:38 PM  

anwserman: mrmopar5287: Elizabeth Mathis, who works at a bar called Javelina on Rainey Street in Austin, spent part of Sunday night talking to her fellow bartenders about what they were going to do next. "I think it'll be OK," she said. "I am worried [...] we were all expecting to have that extra push. It's our bonus, pretty much. I got hired here in May and I was holding out expecting to be here in March for 'South by.' " Mathis said she was concerned about COVID-19 with so many people coming in from out of town, but now she's worried about her ability to pay rent.

If your financial situation is so precariously balanced that a bartender working since May 2019 was expecting a "bonus" in March 2020 to cover the rent for the month, you have bigger problems.

Maybe if the minimum wage was adjusted to provide a sustaining, living wage this problem wouldn't exist.

But keep on pissing on service workers like you're better than them, because we all know thats not trye


Bartenders I know can make $200 in tips a day casually.  Not at the Legion.

And I'm supposed to laugh at their poor financial situation?  You realize those assholes with millions are tipping someone, and it's probably a bartender, and not say, the chef.

The point is they also can be sued for drunk drivers.
 
2020-03-10 1:11:20 PM  
The good news it was a totally necessary move and IN NO WAY considered a knee jerk reaction with no real basis
 
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