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Subway Kills Five-Dollar Footlongs in S.F. Due to "Higher Cost of Doing Business"
San Francisco ^ | Wed., Mar. 28 2012 | Joe Eskenazi

Posted on 03/29/2012 1:14:51 PM PDT by nickcarraway

​It seems you can have the nation's highest minimum wage and a $5 footlong -- but you can't have them both.

San Francisco Subway patrons hoping to gorge themselves on too much of a mediocre sandwich are being greeted by signs like the one above noting that "due to higher cost of doing business in San Francisco" obtaining a $5 footlong will require a trip over a bridge, through a tunnel, or onto the Peninsula.

Unless you like tuna -- that's the $5 footlong of the month, and that's all you can get in this city for five measly dollars.

Calls to Subway's corporate headquarters have not yet been returned. But half a dozen San Francisco Subway workers said this recent move was explained to them as a reaction to San Francisco's minimum wage ordinance. Per the will of the voters, minimum wage is calculated each year based on the "August-to-August change in the Consumer Price Index." On Jan. 1 of this year, it jumped from $9.92 to $10.24, apparently pushing Subway execs to revoke our county's cheap sandwich privileges. As the minimum wage rises higher, perhaps Subway will be forced to scrap Jared Fogle for parts.

Again and again, Subway workers cited the city's minimum wage as the driving factor in this decision. That said, this is an expensive place to do business in general.

"The rent, the food -- the owner says it's everything," said one. "Business costs are high," said another. "Minimum wage went up so we can't afford to give the $5 footlongs anymore."

Subway workers were unsure if ours is the only county to opt out of the $5 footlong deal. They did stress, however, they still offer the aforementioned sub of the month.

"We got tuna," said one. "You want one?"

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To: Tublecane
A college professor once told me that by adding to costs, minimum wage laws could encourage businesses to be more productive

Yes, they automate or offshore their production and eliminate US based labor costs entirely, bypassing the minimum wage laws. Not really an option for small businesses though, they simply higher fewer people or close the doors.

21 posted on 03/29/2012 1:51:18 PM PDT by JrsyJack (a healthy dose of buckshot will probably get you the last word in any argument.)
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To: Joshua Marcus

Maybe a medical business which focuses on certain men’s issues would do well? One which treats afflications often found in gay men?

22 posted on 03/29/2012 1:52:23 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: nickcarraway

The government must provide foot longs at 5.

23 posted on 03/29/2012 1:56:24 PM PDT by NoLibZone (We can't allow the horrible death of Trayvon Martin to be used as an excuse to disarm us.)
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To: dead
"In San Francisco, they’d pay a lot more than $5 for a foot long."


24 posted on 03/29/2012 2:08:14 PM PDT by Neanderthal
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To: Marko413

its worse than that..

lets take a basic closed economy example

Guy1 makes $50,000 a year and guy2 makes $200,000 a year. A good house costs $200,000

The rich guy can buy a good house in one year, the poor guy can buy one in 4 years.

After a numbe of years inflation increases the costs for everything, so the cost of living has risen 100%

So guy1 now makes $100,000 a year and , and guy2 makes $400,000. A good house now costs $400,000.

The situation with the house is exactly the same.

The rich guy still can buy one in one year, the poor guy still can buy one in 4 years.

But instead of making $150,000 a year more than the poor guy, the rich guy now makes $300,000 more.... and thats evil!! The rich got richer!

25 posted on 03/29/2012 2:10:56 PM PDT by Mr. K (If Romney wins the primary, I am writing-in PALIN)
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To: nickcarraway

In San Fagsicko, you can get a foot long with two $3 bills...

26 posted on 03/29/2012 2:17:13 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Obama: The Dr. Kevorkian of the American economy.)
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To: nickcarraway
Well heck, this isn't going to be any inconvenience to your average SF liberal. Just the Po' People, and SF liberals don't really want to have to eat with those bums anyway, right? I mean, remember what a fit those "Occupy" freaks threw when they found out that the "homeless" were mooching THEIR food?

I mean, they love them and all, just don't want them in THEIR county. Can't blame 'em for that...

27 posted on 03/29/2012 2:42:34 PM PDT by Kenton
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To: Dilbert San Diego

I was there 2 weeks ago as my GF attended a medical convention. The prices for McDonald’s and Starbucks are almost triple that of the ones in L.A. We noticed it’s like the prices in the international airport at boarding.

28 posted on 03/29/2012 2:56:30 PM PDT by max americana
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