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Friday, December 16, 2005

Strother: Still dodging That "Liberal" Moniker, And Not Succeeding

It is an absolute fact that the minimum wage for American waiters and waitresses is low.

It is an absolute fact that the minimum wage is responsible for more unemployment in America than any other factor. It is an absolute fact that a government mandated minimum wage is Marxism. It is an absolute fact that only a die-hard liberal would support a government mandated minimum wage or base any argument on the assumption that it is too low.

The high standards Americans have for restaurant service require waiters to perform well — and if they don’t, they won’t work at a successful, money-making restaurant for very long.

Sell it to someone gullible enough to believe it. In general, Americans' standards for restaurant service are pathetically low. In the South, in particular, what passes for good service would not muster a mediocre to poor rating in most of Europe and Asia. Service in restaurants is poor precisely because of the entitlement mentality of the staff. The minimum wage plays a large part in that attitude.

Like most people, I regret that I — not restaurant owners — must pay employee raises to insure that good workers stay in their business and that I keep getting good service.

Please tell me you don't really believe that. I thought you were smarter than that. You need to talk to a restaurant owner some time about the trials and tribulations of getting and keeping decent wait staff. I know several. Here's a clue for you: It has nothing to do with wages. Employment turnover in food service is only exceeded by that in the crack whore business. No one in America aspires to be wait staff. Its just something temporary until a better job comes along. I know of several restaurant owners who pay well above minimum wage and still can't keep decent staff.

That's why the standard used to be 10% and now it has been bumped to 15-20%. We the public are paying the necessary raises to insure good service and its continued association with American restaurants.

Maybe in Strotherville. In the universe the rest of us live in, it has been bumped to 15% because liberals bark and whine about how much more the wait staff deserves a bigger tip. It's because liberals like you base rewards on merit and not on performance. It's because you and all your liberal ilk refuse to live in the real world with the rest of us.


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