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Tue May 4, 2021, 04:53 AM

GOP Lawmaker Faces Scrutiny for Viral Tweet About Hardee's Drive-Thru

Anabelle Doliner 13 hrs ago

A Republican congressperson is facing backlash after posting a tweet that many felt oversimplified the plight of America's minimum-wage workers.

Rep. David Rouzer (R-N.C.) shared the now-viral image of a Hardee's drive-thru late last week. In the photo, a piece of printer paper is seen taped over part of the menu. "Due to NO STAFF," reads the sign, "WE ARE CLOSED." It adds that the store is hiring and includes a phone number for interested applicants.

Rouzer claimed that the restaurant's lack of workers could be blamed on aid provided by the federal government amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, rather than issues others have pointed out, like poor working conditions and low pay. Along with the image, Rouzer wrote, "This is what happens when you extend unemployment benefits for too long and add a $1400 stimulus payment to it."

"Right when employers need workers to fully open back up, few can be found," he added.

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Rouzer with racist Republican
lunatic, Jesse Helms, now
deceased



Republican Rep. David Schweikert, Arizona.
Saw by accident, thought he should be here,
too. Comic relief.


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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue May 4, 2021, 05:01 AM

1. These repukes are always thinking that takers must be gaming the system

because that's exactly what they'd do in the same situation. It's the first place their little roach brains go to. And to top it off, they're all worked up about it because they think it leaves less for them to grift.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue May 4, 2021, 06:19 AM

2. How is he so wrong? Anyone seriously denying that workers would stay home from a shitty...

job if they got a dole paying as close to as much, or even more, than the shitty paycheck?

C'mon- a little reality here.

Now, he is an asshole for making that themain reason workers are staying home. And for bringing it up at all, since everything is always more complicated than the easy quote.

Raising the minimum wage and finding a way to give everyone health care, along with better wage&hour rules are ultimately more important, since that stuff will be around long after stimulus payments are just a memory. Mandatory paid vacations are very popular in the countries that have them. And more holidays.

Somebody actually did an honest-to-God-no-bullshit study about wages, proving that around 20 bucks an hour, plus neat bennies, did not affect the cost of a Big Mac. The burger costs the same in Copenhagen as in Chicago. How do the Danes do it? There are some subsidies, but mainly it's taken out of profits. I've seen the numbers, and fast food franchising is incredible.

You don't want to squeeze the owners to where they don't want to work either, but there's plenty of fat there. The biggest problem is the jungle attitude where it's eat or get eaten. Make everyone pay and the good ones will still make a go of it.



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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #2)

Tue May 4, 2021, 06:48 AM

3. He actually is an asshole. If he weren't he'd be thinking that these jobs suck so bad

and pay so little, no one wants to work them. How can I help remedy the situation? Instead he just resorts to the typical GOP bs of blaming working for not wanting to work at these low wage jobs.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #2)

Tue May 4, 2021, 01:57 PM

9. The minimum wage raised 10 cents in Ohio

on January from $8.70 to $8.80, everything on the menu
went up so that study is b.s..

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue May 4, 2021, 08:10 AM

4. Before the pandemic those employers had problems

filling jobs. But it is much more serious now. I know for a fact the McDonald's I go to for coffee several mornings a week lost 8 employees the week the $300 supplement was voted in. The thing is minimum wage here in Ohio is $8.80 and most all of those jobs are only part time. If you can get $300 a week plus unemployment you would be stupid to work. Even if you have a 40 hour a week job you only get $352 a week minus taxes and SS. This will anger people but I think giving people an extra $300 over what unemployment pays is a big mistake. My niece worked for a man that owns about 20 McDonald's franchises she told me how hard it was to hire people even before the pandemic. First of all less than half of the people can pass a drug test. She said she would interview people and tell them to start work the next week and only about half of them would actually show up for work. I think the money should have been used to help people that maybe can no longer get unemployment or supplement the unemployment in states where it is very low. But not just a flat $300 extra. The minimum wage is $8.80 here and I know employers that are offering $12 a hour that can't find workers. All the fast food stores around here except McDonald's have their dinning areas closed not because of the pandemic because they cant find workers.
There are some people that have been working those jobs all along for less money that don't believe in taking handouts that
are very bitter about this.
There is still a Hardees?

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Response to doc03 (Reply #4)

Tue May 4, 2021, 11:23 AM

7. I must disagree with you and agree with others here

1. If the employers are having a hard time filling their available positions, they are not offering enough (wages and/or benefits) -- if you like capitalism. The pandemic changes the calculations, in that working is riskier, especially for those without strong health insurance or paid sick time.

2. The reason for a flat $300 increment was the difficulty in devising and implementing a more targeted system in time to meet people's emergency needs. It's not perfect, but it's better than the nothing that would have been had we taken the time to plan and implement what you've suggested.

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Response to HariSeldon (Reply #7)

Tue May 4, 2021, 01:45 PM

8. I just came from Wensys about an hour ago. I

asked the lady at the register when they are going to open the dinning room. She said probably not until the government money runs out, nobody wants to work. I know the guy that owns several Subway franchises same thing. Where he had at least 2 sometimes three employees a shift now he has one. I have seen the owner run the store by himself some days. The employee he has at the mall store is probably in his 50s. Minimum wage here is $8.80 and he gets $10. Where are the high school kids? There have been several days that one McDonald's couldn't open because nobody came to work except the Manager and the maintenance guy that is in his 70s. I have no idea how many jobs are open but it has to 100s of thousands nationwide.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue May 4, 2021, 09:44 AM

5. Perhaps Rep. David Rouzer would be willing to fill one of the minimum wage jobs.

At least he would be doing something productive.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue May 4, 2021, 09:59 AM

6. There was a similar sign

on a McDonalds near me around Christmas time last year. The reason they had to close because of staff shortages was because there had been a COVID case there and they had to close for a deep cleaning and some staff were quarantining. But they didn't say that, just staff shortages was the reason for them closing for 2 days.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue May 4, 2021, 04:08 PM

10. I talked to a guy who owns several fast food franchises.

He said he has never made so much profit as when his dining areas were closed. He estimated his profits were up 40%.

He said he can run the place with three to four employees on duty, and that is saving him money. He is in no hurry to "open up".

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue May 4, 2021, 05:06 PM

11. How to tell if they are MAGATS, Trumpers, etc.? They all say that rich unemployment money is....

...singular cause for folks not working. Their reasoning skills let alone math skills are sorely deficient. They refuse to acknowledge that unemployment money does run out and even if they get $300 a week, that's only $15,600 a year. I'll bet not one person here could live on less than $16K a year unless it's in a cave w/o wi-fi access!

Seriously, these MAGATS have zero critical thinking skills and believe $8.00 per hour is pretty rich. Try this on for size you dummies: $8 x 2080 hours/year = a whopping $16,640 per year!

Yippee! Talk about those Trumpian rubes thinking those on the other end are living high on the hog! Pop that champagne....NOT!

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