Skip to comments.The real minimum wage!
Posted on 04/22/2014 5:15:46 PM PDT by Kaslin
I took the long Holiday weekend to do a scouting mission for a future column. What I was most interested in were the work habits of the so called minimum wage employee. I was also interested in how many of these employees carried their smart phone with them on the job.
Prior to the advent of hand sized cell phones for an employee to spend time talking on a phone vs. doing their job was very apparent. A land line was clearly obvious to all workers, and more importantly, to management and administrators. Who was slacking by an over abuse of the phone could be seen and therefore it rarely happened.
However, whether at Macys, Walmart, McDonalds or any number of half a dozen retail restaurants or service establishments there wasnt an employee whom I observed that didnt either talk, text or look at their phone while supposedly working.
Yes, I understand the coffee break, the smoke break and even the potty break, but it seems that these are all in addition to the face, text and talk break.
So lets do the math on the $7.25 minimum wage. Considering the least amount of phone time spent in my observation and in my unofficial interviews was fifteen minutes. This means that on a per hour basis, the minimum wage actually being paid is $9.66. (16.11 cents per minute times 60 minutes equals $9.66. 16.11 cents per minute times 45 minutes equals $7.25).
What got really interesting is when I queried one young lady who seemed to be the norm and not the exception and apparently was so bored with her job she stated unequivocally that she spent half her day on her cell phone. She was a recent college graduate with an anthropology degree whom Ill call Janice.
So, Mr. President, it would seem that folks have taken your spirit and arbitrarily raised their minimum wage by being paid for an hour and only work 45 minutes. If the movement grabs Janices philosophy then the minimum wage will have doubled to $14.50.
I am certain all, except employers, will be thrilled.
A friend just returned from a month in Australia where they have a $15 minimum wage. She said a medium meal at McDonalds was $25 bucks. Dinner at a modest restaurant starts at $50. She survived on lunch meat an noodles as food was outrageous.
So, what happened? Apparently the entire economy jumped immediately upward in price except now fewer people are employed.
This article is spot on. It’s one of my pet peeves. I think cell phones are partially the reason such poor customer service exists these days as employees are always on them!
I was at a hotel inspecting & observed the housekeeper on her cell phone. I told the manager & I just said, I wonder how long she talked/texted while you paid her to do so. Then next time I inspected that hotel there was a sign at the time clock that said all cell phones had to be left in a box underneath the time clock until break time. The manager said they were all given the hotel’s phone # to give families in case of emergency & other than that they could talk or text on breaks. More managers should do this.
I know someone from Australia who vacationed in Hawaii last year. Her first comment on the trip was “food in restaurants was so CHEAP!” I thought — in Hawaii?!?! I’ve been there, and I didn’t think it was so cheap!
Thanks for the “rest of the story.”
How long has this been the case in Australia? It can’t have been long yet.
There’s a fallacy at play here, too. Price is not determined by cost. Price is set by the buyer of a thing, at what they are willing to pay. It has nothing whatever to do with how much it cost to produce the thing.
A seller, facing higher costs, may wish to increase prices, and they may. But if they can sell the same volume at a new higher price, all that means is they should have been charging more the whole time. In all real-world cases though... The higher price means they will sell less product than before. How much less depends on the elasticity of demand for the product.
Most products have a fairly elastic demand curve. That is... A small increase in price results in a comparatively large fall in the amount purchased.
IF I wasn’t retired & was still hiring & firing, I would determine that all employees must place their cell phones into a locker, which would be provided for purses, etc.
They would be allowed to check those phones on their lunch break, etc, but they would NOT be allowed to have them on their person during the work day where I am paying them to WORK.
Violations would be automatic dismissal.
IF there is an emergency, the call can come into the business, on the business lines, just as it did for the 20+ years I worked on a time card before I went out on my own, self employed.
Theres a fallacy at play here, too. Price is not determined by cost. Price is set by the buyer of a thing, at what they are willing to pay. It has nothing whatever to do with how much it cost to produce the thing.”””
Go back to Accounting 101 & learn how wrong you are.