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Malt Shop Rebellion: Albuquerque restaurant defies minimum wage law
Capitol Report New Mexico ^ | February 21st, 2013

Posted on 02/27/2013 11:48:56 AM PST by woofie

Folk heroes to some, villains to others, the owners of the Route 66 Malt Shop in Albuquerque have refused to abide by the city’s recently adopted minimum wage ordinance. The increase, they say, would bury their 18-year-old small business.

“We had the choice to close the business and destroy 18 years of blood, sweat and tears and hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years … and fire 12 people or disobey the law,” Eric Szeman told New Mexico Watchdog after a busy lunch-time rush.

“The law’s the law,” said Pat Davis, executive director of the liberal activist group Progress Now Mexico, which organized a protest in front of the malt shop earlier this week. “What they’re doing is wrong, and it amounts to stealing from their workers.”

“Pure and simple, it would double one-third of our payroll,” said Szeman, a 65-year-old Navy veteran who’s married to the restaurant’s owner, Diane Avila. “It would put us up to $5,000-$6,000 (in payroll) from $3,600 … anything over that, we’re out of business.”

(Excerpt) Read more at capitolreportnewmexico.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; US: New Mexico
KEYWORDS: minimumwage

1 posted on 02/27/2013 11:49:07 AM PST by woofie
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To: woofie

Progress...a ‘buzz word’ for communism...


2 posted on 02/27/2013 11:51:57 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: woofie
If I were the owner, I woiuld place the following sign on every wall and window of my shop:
In order to stay in compliance with the new city laws regarding minimum wage, we regret to announce that burgers, fries and shakes are now costing you a dollar more. Thank you for your continued business and support of our Employees.

3 posted on 02/27/2013 11:55:58 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: CedarDave; LegendHasIt; leapfrog0202; Santa Fe_Conservative; DesertDreamer; OneWingedShark; ...

New Mexico PING!!


4 posted on 02/27/2013 12:00:16 PM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: woofie

“Sorry - you have to either comply with the law or shutdown your business and fire your employees in the name of fairness” /sarc


5 posted on 02/27/2013 12:01:01 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: woofie
“What they’re doing is wrong, and it amounts to stealing from their workers.”

WT...? Are these people out of their damn minds? (Rhetoricall question)

If I agree to work for $5.00 an hour, then how the hell is the employer "stealing" from me? So, if someone agrees to cut my lawn for $20, but it takes them 3 hours - does that mean I "stole" from them?

these communist Libtards are literally MENTAL!
6 posted on 02/27/2013 12:05:59 PM PST by ExTxMarine (PRAYER: It's the only HOPE for real CHANGE in America!)
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To: woofie

Once the rent-a-mob appeared outside his restaurant I knew they wouldn’t stop until he was destroyed. It does bother me that the City Attorney is working with the little whiner that’s complaining.


7 posted on 02/27/2013 12:06:16 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: woofie

“I can’t be responsible for every under-capitalized business out there”.

Hillary Clinton, pushing Socialized Medicine in 1993.


8 posted on 02/27/2013 12:06:49 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: woofie

Let’s see.... food costs are up, delivery costs are up (fuel).... did they “go out of business” when that happened, or just raise their prices like everyone else? Their “protest” sounds a little much. I agree, though, with keeping government out of setting wages, it’s not something they should be involved in.


9 posted on 02/27/2013 12:07:59 PM PST by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: ExTxMarine

The law is the law, but it’s also an ass, as are those that push to “make the world a better place” by coercing other people.

If these guys voted for Obama, or any Democrat, I have no sympathy for them (yes, I know this isn’t a federal law we are talking about).

If they didn’t, they are innocent victims of a vast left-wing conspiracy.


10 posted on 02/27/2013 12:14:44 PM PST by chesley (Vast deserts of political ignorance makes liberalism possible - James Lewis)
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To: woofie

In the leftist “mind” all employers exploit their employees and earn an obscene profit off their work.

Reality: business owners work their a$$e$ off and get little in return, with the government up their a$$e$ with regulations and taxes.

Their end goal is to destroy private business ownership and put it all in the hands of government.


11 posted on 02/27/2013 12:17:47 PM PST by I want the USA back
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To: SkyDancer
“Sorry - you have to either comply with the law or shutdown your business and fire your employees in the name of fairness” /sarc

It was necessary to destroy the village in order to save it.

12 posted on 02/27/2013 12:29:16 PM PST by Cymbaline ("Allahu Akbar": Arabic for "Nothing To See Here" - Mark Steyn)
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To: woofie
It's past time to defy stupid laws. You don't have to be splashy about it. Just refuse to comply. You would be amazed at how many stupid laws you can ignore with no repercussion.

/johnny

13 posted on 02/27/2013 12:29:53 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: I want the USA back

Our local pizza shop is getting killed by the higher cost of produce/ materials and the recession with less folks going out to eat. But when the min. wage goes up, he has to pay his worst workers that, and he wants to reward his better workers so he pays them more. And the price of pizza goes up so fewer folks come in to eat.....

We used to eat there as a special treat as the pies were expensive years ago. We go once a week now in an attempt to give him support. Great pizza! But if things don’t turn around quick I’m not sure if he can hold on.


14 posted on 02/27/2013 12:38:19 PM PST by 21twelve ("We've got the guns, and we got the numbers" adapted and revised from Jim M.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Would it be wrong for me to take up their war cry?

TACO BENDERS OF THE WORLD, UNIT!

Is that wrong?
15 posted on 02/27/2013 12:42:58 PM PST by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: woofie
liberal activist group Progress Now Mexico

| Is that a Freudian slip?

16 posted on 02/27/2013 12:43:07 PM PST by kevkrom (If a wise man has an argument with a foolish man, the fool only rages or laughs...)
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To: woofie
“The law’s the law,” said Pat Davis

Pat, the legitimacy of the authority of the law derives from the Constitution. When "the law" is not constitutional, you're no better than a thug imposing his will on another person through the threat of violence.

17 posted on 02/27/2013 12:54:31 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: kevkrom

Close the doors for 3 weeks take a vacation! No city sales tax
no wages, no utility usage, No vendors selling product!
I would also say other businesses do the same for three days!
I would also think this so called labor law would have to be presented on the state level!
And ride the idiot out of town on a rail!


18 posted on 02/27/2013 12:55:04 PM PST by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: woofie

I have so much trouble with sheeple “just going along” to the slaughter, that it makes my heart sing to know that there are even more people who are fighting MAD!

“I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any more!” I heard that somewhere...yah...like that. :o]


19 posted on 02/27/2013 12:55:39 PM PST by Monkey Face (There is no "Chocoholics Anonymous" because no one wants to quit. ~~ Shoe)
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To: Responsibility2nd

OR MAYBE; ‘Thank you for continuing to elect these half-wits (who’ve never had a real job) that came up with this insanity.


20 posted on 02/27/2013 12:59:56 PM PST by rdon (Never underestimate the stupidity of the American voter.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

I have known these folks a while...I went by to see them now that they are famous....

Im wondering if this story will go national

The city attorney getting involved? ...seems bizarre to me


21 posted on 02/27/2013 1:03:02 PM PST by woofie
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To: woofie

Yea, there was a segment on 770 this AM about it. The “disgruntled” fired employee couldn’t find a free lawyer.


22 posted on 02/27/2013 1:12:41 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: who knows what evil?

More:

http://www.kob.com/article/stories/s2935132.shtml

http://www.abqjournal.com/main/2013/02/27/news/exwaiter-will-get-wage-help-from-city.html


23 posted on 02/27/2013 1:14:43 PM PST by woofie
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To: woofie

We need government run malt shops now!


24 posted on 02/27/2013 1:14:52 PM PST by Mark (For the first time in my life, I'm no longer proud of my country.)
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To: I want the USA back

I would think they could have a case based on State or Federal pre-emption. If the state or feds say that minimum wage should be “x”, then I don’t see how a local town or city has a right to override what the state or Feds say the minimum wage should be. There are plenty of precedents established in other area of the law that allow the state gov or federal gov to override town and city laws!


25 posted on 02/27/2013 1:19:13 PM PST by mdmathis6 (Rest assured, Mankind is loved....both completely and severely!)
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To: mdmathis6

Seize that business now give it to the employees!
How dare these silly Americans make a business and think they can suppress the mexican worker for just one dollar per hour!!
I hope they called the food stamp shop and told them about their new windfall! “After maybe and hopefully this head mexican will need a malt shop job in the near future! SARC /on!


26 posted on 02/27/2013 2:20:30 PM PST by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: jeffc
They are not breaking the law:

But within the ordinance, there’s a provision calling for tipped employees to see their hourly minimum wages increase from $2.13 an hour to $3.83, an 80 percent raise, followed by raises in succeeding years based on the Consumer Price Index.

Waiters and waitresses often make more money than other employees.

27 posted on 02/27/2013 2:50:24 PM PST by oldbrowser (They are marxists, don't call them democrats)
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