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Hilarious: lefty flips out over billboard explaining consequences of $15 minimum wage
American Thinker ^ | July 20, 2014 | Thomas Lifson

Posted on 07/20/2014 9:14:46 AM PDT by jazusamo

The left-leaning tech blog Pando seems to be angry about a lot of aspects of reality.* Witness David Carr flipping out over this billboard that he spotted in San Francisco, “walking home from Pando’s office a few nights ago.”


photo: Paull Carr, Pando

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


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: leftism; liberalagenda; minimumwage
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1 posted on 07/20/2014 9:14:46 AM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

If you want to piss of a conservative, lie to him.
If you want to piss off a liberal, tell the truth!


2 posted on 07/20/2014 9:17:04 AM PDT by null and void (If Bill Clinton was the first black president, why isn't Barack Obama the first woman president?)
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To: null and void

Exactly :-)


3 posted on 07/20/2014 9:18:44 AM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Well, I see they didn’t use cursive. Wat’s up wit dat?


4 posted on 07/20/2014 9:18:57 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: jazusamo; All

If anyone is easily offended by foul language, don’t read the comments at the end.

When liberals don’t have a viable argument, they either call their opponent a racist or resort to cursing.


5 posted on 07/20/2014 9:24:01 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: jazusamo
It's already happening in many fast food establishments. WaWa's for example.

Minimum wage hike will accelerate the process.

6 posted on 07/20/2014 9:30:07 AM PDT by sjmjax (Politicans are much like bananas. They start off green, turn yellow then rot.)
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Please bump the Freepathon or click above to donate or become a monthly donor!

7 posted on 07/20/2014 9:33:44 AM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

What I love about this is it’s a prime example of how insane liberals are. On one side they want the minimum wage raised and on the other side they want illegals to swarm into the country. Well gee whiz that certainly will help US citizens get work won’t it. I own a business and I have a choice between paying a citizen $15 or an illegal $5 an hour, guess what I’m going to do.


8 posted on 07/20/2014 9:33:49 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: jazusamo

Seems like a natural replacement actually. Witness what happened in the grocery stores,,they cut down on the cashiers and installed DIY check out lanes.


9 posted on 07/20/2014 9:34:41 AM PDT by austinaero
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To: sjmjax

Look at it this way - this is a very Darwinian way to weed out the incompetents, who could NEVER be productive enough to justify a $15/hour wage.

At least, not until $15 is sufficiently eroded by inflation to be worth approximately $1.50. And that may be quicker than anybody now thinks.


10 posted on 07/20/2014 9:35:31 AM PDT by alloysteel (Most people become who they promised they would never be.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

Yep, libs want a living wage for entry level jobs that require no skills. This billboard is dead on the mark, it’ll put many unskilled out of work.


11 posted on 07/20/2014 9:39:42 AM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: alloysteel

That benchmark is already behind us.


12 posted on 07/20/2014 9:39:42 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda
I own a business and I have a choice between paying a citizen $15 or an illegal $5 an hour, guess what I’m going to do.

I know you will do the right thing and automate the position...

13 posted on 07/20/2014 9:39:49 AM PDT by rjsimmon (The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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To: jazusamo

We stopped at Chili’s for lunch the other day In Pismo Beach and each table came with a touchscreen. We ordered and payed using the touchscreen. It was convenient and fast. We really liked it.


14 posted on 07/20/2014 9:39:55 AM PDT by Ben Mugged (The number one enemy of liberalism is reality.)
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To: jazusamo

Oddly, the Pando guy doesn’t address the message of the billboard. Instead he attacks the sponsor of the billboard.

He incorrectly interprets the billboard as saying “service staff deserve to be replaced by iPads if they demand a fair wage”.

In reality, the billboard is a warning that the economics of a $15 minimum wage will result in job losses.

By the way, I saw one of these table top ordering devices in a Chili’s restaurant in Wilson, NC last week. It was limited to drinks and desserts, but I didn’t see any reason why it couldn’t be for the entire menu.


15 posted on 07/20/2014 9:41:59 AM PDT by kidd
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To: jazusamo
I use technology to help companies eliminate $80,000 a year 'analysts'

It is the fact of life. Competition is good.

16 posted on 07/20/2014 9:43:07 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: sjmjax

There was an article not long ago that said Panera Bread was going to install automated order kiosks. They said it would replace two employees who would be “reassigned” (read: we will find stuff for them to do until we see that the system functions to our satisfaction and that the media has lost interest in the new kiosks, then were firin’ ‘em).


17 posted on 07/20/2014 9:44:16 AM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: LostInBayport

were = we’re

I laid off my spellchecker because he demanded a $15 minimum wage.


18 posted on 07/20/2014 9:46:01 AM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: jazusamo

EXCELLENT billboard.

Reducing the argument against the minimum wage to a powerful image and headline is very difficult. No wonder the left is PO’d.


19 posted on 07/20/2014 9:46:34 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: sjmjax

Minimum wage hike will accelerate the process. “

Local and national news both spent time stating this was not true and provided some statistical information. They did not cite their sources, however. Nor did they provide a listing of specific states or what the average hourly rate was in those states before they raised the minimum wage or which states had Republican versus Democrat governors.

The job growth in Texas and North Dakota has to be largely due to the oil patch activity where beginning wages has to be above the minimum wage or they would have more trouble hiring new employees than they already have.


20 posted on 07/20/2014 9:49:16 AM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: austinaero

-— Witness what happened in the grocery stores,,they cut down on the cashiers and installed DIY check out lanes. -—

My wife works at a supermarket. Fraud is rampant, and stores are afraid to prosecute thieves. But this kind of system would be better suited to order placement. We place orders online all the time. The transition should be smooth.


21 posted on 07/20/2014 9:51:21 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: Ben Mugged

Next you’ll tell me obamatolla will whine about ATMs replacing tellers...


22 posted on 07/20/2014 9:52:48 AM PDT by newfreep
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To: newfreep

MANDATE a $15 minimum wage in Congress.Call their bluff. If it passes just give it a sunset provision in November 2016.


23 posted on 07/20/2014 9:56:21 AM PDT by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: LostInBayport

The good news in the fast food industry is that you’ll probably end up with nobody getting laid off. The turnover rate is very high in that industry, mainly because it’s built around the expectation that most employees will be part-time workers, kids working after school, etc. So a “downsizing through attrition” is very easy to do in fast food.


24 posted on 07/20/2014 9:56:39 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("What in the wide, wide world of sports is goin' on here?")
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To: null and void
If you want to piss of a conservative, lie to him.

If you want to piss off a liberal, tell the truth!

I like that. 100% true too!

25 posted on 07/20/2014 9:57:22 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The future must not belong to those who slander bacon.)
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To: jazusamo

Wonder how many diseases are spread this way. Certainly hope that they sterilize the screen every night.


26 posted on 07/20/2014 9:58:37 AM PDT by dhs12345
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To: jazusamo; FReepers; Patriots; FRiends

When a person goes batshit over the truth you know they're liberal.


WE CAN DO THIS!


27 posted on 07/20/2014 10:03:52 AM PDT by Lady Jag (Tolerance and apathy are the last virtues of a dying society. - Aristotle)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

This type of argument is what Republicans should have been doing. Instead, they drone about statistics from black and white text and crap.


28 posted on 07/20/2014 10:04:38 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: jazusamo

Automats to return English to ensue.


29 posted on 07/20/2014 10:06:13 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Lady Jag
BTTT! ;-)
30 posted on 07/20/2014 10:07:40 AM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Ben Mugged

Better than some well aged hippie chick with an attitude for a waitress.


31 posted on 07/20/2014 10:09:42 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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To: jazusamo
It's coming. I went to a steak house on Long Island about a week ago and they now have tablets in the center of each table with the menu on them including wine list. We passed the tablet around and ordered our drinks and meals. Wait staff still came by to drop off the drinks and food but I'm thinking they can handle more tabletops that way (and not worry about getting the orders messed up).

So if they had 30 waiters before, they are probably down to about 15-20 now.

32 posted on 07/20/2014 10:09:48 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: Ben Mugged

“We ordered and payed using the touchscreen. It was convenient and fast. We really liked it.”

How much of a tip did you give the screen?


33 posted on 07/20/2014 10:11:25 AM PDT by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: dhs12345
(I) Wonder how many diseases are spread this way. Certainly hope that they sterilize the screen every night.

Did you ever wonder if they sterilize the menus?

34 posted on 07/20/2014 10:14:02 AM PDT by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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To: alloysteel
At least, not until $15 is sufficiently eroded by inflation to be worth approximately $1.50. And that may be quicker than anybody now thinks.

I just ran $15.00 (2014) through the "Inflation Calculator" to see what it was equivalent to in 1964 when I was a senior in high school, working as a cashier at Kroger's. $1.95

IIRC, I was making $1.25/hr in Macon, GA, not exactly a high wage area.

35 posted on 07/20/2014 10:28:17 AM PDT by BwanaNdege ( "For those who have fought for it, Life bears a savor the protected will never know")
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To: Ben Mugged
We stopped at Chili’s for lunch the other day In Pismo Beach and each table came with a touchscreen. We ordered and payed using the touchscreen. It was convenient and fast. We really liked it.

It would be great if the touchscreen had a call server button and a way to pay the bill. The servers always seem to disappear right when I want a refill or to get the check. I wonder if 15% is still standard for a tip if the server isn't doing as much work as before.

36 posted on 07/20/2014 10:28:40 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (The IRS: either criminally irresponsible in backup procedures or criminally responsible of coverup.)
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To: jazusamo

The truth is technology replaces human workers from the bottom up

when then technology price point goes down.. and the human worker doing the same labor price point goes up via minimum wage ..what happens?...

Look ive worked in high tech since 1980..and ive had to retool, reinvent myself 3 or 4 times... the million dollar box of 10 year back that I got payed well to mantain...become something you can buy at the local Frys consumer electronics store today.

I call it being shrink wrapped out of a job.

So if it happens to even the high tech high skilled and well payed.. how are the low tech low skilled going to survive when you artificially make their position well paid..thier not..


37 posted on 07/20/2014 10:37:49 AM PDT by tophat9000 (An Eye for an Eye, a Word for a Word...nothing more)
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To: jazusamo

There is a logical argument to having a higher minimum wage, but that is not the argument being used by the left; it’s payola.

There’s no point in having any minimum wage debate (other than stopping this BS based on lies) without ceasing the problem that created the wage gap in the first place: Government-based hyperbolic GDP & low-inflation statistics and defective fiscal policies that don’t even use accepted accounting methods.

If the government audited itself with the same ‘vim & vigor’ applied to any private business, it would shut itelf down.

If someone tries to explain that to a liberal, please post the link to the video. I’d love to see their head explode


38 posted on 07/20/2014 10:44:21 AM PDT by logi_cal869
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To: tophat9000
Look if you make to price point 15 an hour for a cashier this all i have to do is make a peice of hardware software that meets beat the same price point and ive got a new product to sell.

OH WAIT IT ALL READY HAPPEN!

You all seen those scan yourself check out at the supermarket?..well they didn't even have to raise minimum wage you have those checker replaced.

You know the more I think about this I'm starting to get very cynical about it

because there does seem to be a high correlation between people pushing for minimum wage being raised and the people that make their living in high-tech replacement for low tech workers

39 posted on 07/20/2014 10:52:50 AM PDT by tophat9000 (An Eye for an Eye, a Word for a Word...nothing more)
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To: tophat9000

I wonder if the people in the Silicon Valley are going to be the scapegoats, since they are responsible for this technology?


40 posted on 07/20/2014 10:55:05 AM PDT by lulu16 (May the Good Lord take a liking to you!)
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To: SamAdams76

Went to a Verizon store yesterday. Instead of a greeter, there was an iPad. If you wanted help, you had to sign in and give the requested information.

It worked great, and they don’t have to pay the iPad 15 bucks an hour.


41 posted on 07/20/2014 10:56:04 AM PDT by Gabrial (The nightmare will continue as long as the nightmare is in the Whitehouse.)
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To: tophat9000
Look if you make the price point 15 an hour for a cashier then all i have to do is make a peice of hardware software that meets beat the same price point and ive got a new product to sell.

OH WAIT IT ALL READY HAPPEN!

You all seen those scan yourself check out at the supermarket?..well they didn't even have to raise minimum wage you have those checker replaced.

You know the more I think about this I'm starting to get very cynical about it

because there does seem to be a high correlation between people pushing for minimum wage being raised and the people that make their living in high-tech replacement for low tech workers (PS will Freerepublic PLEASE put in post edit like ever other board on the internet so you can edit typos you missed after you posted?)

42 posted on 07/20/2014 10:57:10 AM PDT by tophat9000 (An Eye for an Eye, a Word for a Word...nothing more)
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To: jazusamo

Wow! Hostile comments on the site.


43 posted on 07/20/2014 10:57:28 AM PDT by MNDude
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To: null and void

“If you want to piss of a conservative, lie to him.
If you want to piss off a liberal, tell the truth!”

Comment of the day!


44 posted on 07/20/2014 10:59:15 AM PDT by MNDude
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To: MNDude

Yep, leftists don’t hold back when the truth is spelled out for them. :-)


45 posted on 07/20/2014 10:59:45 AM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda
I own a business and I have a choice between paying a citizen $15 or an illegal $5 an hour, guess what I’m going to do.

But the illegals will soon get amnesty and demand the same rights as citizens, meaning they will want $15/hr too.

The liberal solution would be to import more illegal immigrants who are willing to work for $5/hr. The previously illegal immigrants, who now have rights and documents but few work or language skills, will be unemployable and go on the dole.

And the fence never gets built.

46 posted on 07/20/2014 11:00:33 AM PDT by ZOOKER (Until further notice the /s is implied...)
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To: lulu16
Well raising the minimum wage is the other pole of Luddite Logic
47 posted on 07/20/2014 11:01:16 AM PDT by tophat9000 (An Eye for an Eye, a Word for a Word...nothing more)
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To: Ben Mugged

I gave the server the touch screen and asked him to take it away...


48 posted on 07/20/2014 11:03:30 AM PDT by BlueNgold (Have we crossed the line from Govt. in righteous fear of the People - to a People in fear of Govt??)
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To: jazusamo

Maybe David Carr will be replaced at Pando when they have to up his pay to $15/hour.


49 posted on 07/20/2014 11:04:01 AM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, Democrats believe every day is April 15th.)
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To: jazusamo

That tablet in the billboard is true. I had a co-worker go work at a startup in San Francisco last year that provides tablets as registers and other restaurants that have a tablet display that customers just touch for their orders. The restaurants will not need to hire as many in the near future but instead will be firing more people plus those people will not get any tips. I have seen tablets used at Sears for sales.

He is a uber liberal and wanted to move to San Francisco and live in the city. He has to share an apartment with 2 others as they pay $2,400 a month and he takes a bus to work which takes him 30 mins to get there vs 10 mins by car. The startup is giving each employee gym membership and a mac laptop and ipad and iphone. They are burning thru the investors cash. In other words using other peoples money to then spend on their stuff. When it runs out, the owners will no doubt try to get more investors to spend money on them in other ventures. Kinda a mini liberal gov’t.


50 posted on 07/20/2014 11:20:37 AM PDT by minnesota_bound
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