How’s that working out for ya?

A Chicago sandwich shop closed its doors and fired all its staff right before Christmas. The employees received their notices on 23 December, informing them the shop was closing down indefinitely, while the company remodels and rebrands the store into a burger joint.

Now before you start whining about evil business owners and how they’re all heartless for firing everyone right before Christmas, I would urge you to think about the following:

The River North Snarf’s shop was closed for four days, from December 5 until December 8, as employees went on striking for higher wages and better benefits.

They joined workers of fast-food chains like McDonald’s, Subway, Potbelly and others in a broader strike orchestrated by the Worker’s Organizing Committee of Chicago.

So here’s how it worked out.

  1. The employees of this store, whose primary function is putting slices of meat and cheese on bread and being nice to customers went on strike, demanding they be paid more than what their labor is worth to their employer – and hell, really more than a lot of skilled laborers out there.
  2. They forced the store to close for four days (and thereby lose profits), but they were all apparently allowed to return to work after their little temper tantrum, which was more generous than I would have been.
  3. Their strike included calls for their place of employment to close its doors, ostensibly because the mean, mean employer wouldn’t pay people $15/hour to put a sandwich together.

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4. And now that the store has actually shut down, they all of a sudden realized that being unemployed gives them considerably less than the minimum wage they were getting.

How’s that working out for you, assholes?

So now, the creepasauri have come out with more demands, whining how unfair it is for the store to do this right before the holiday.

Furious members of the Worker’s Organizing Committee of Chicago gathered outside the store Monday morning demanding severance pay and re-employment for the fired staff.

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My reply would have been a lot less polite than the Director of Marketing, who said the staff was welcome to reapply for their positions.

Apparently, these whining, entitled assweasels are learning the hard way that a company does not exist for its employees. Its purpose is not to give its employees jobs. The purpose for its existence is to make money, which, by the way, allows the company to actually hire and pay its staff!

So their demands that their employer, who took all the risks to make the venture profitable, stop being profitable and pay workers a higher wage than their labor is worth, will result in no employer.

No money? No staff.

Happy now? You got what you wanted. The store closed.

Awwwww. What’s the matter?

22 responses

  1. And what does their contract say ? WHAT, they were hourly, at-will employees ?? Guess the employer ran out of will.

    Too bad, so sad. . . . They can always get a job if they have Hipster glasses and plaid Onesies, Obama’s Fascist Asswipes are hiring, I’m told . . .

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    1. PajamaDouche. There can be only one. They’d have to kill him to take his place!

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    2. I have no doubt that the Ozombies will be able to find something just as stupid and creepy for them to do.

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    3. Au Contraire, Nicki ! Soon, there will be a virtual ARMY of Pajamaboys. Daughters are busy with all the “SIMS” expansions they got for Christmas, and are creating a Pajamaboy for “The Sims”.

      He will be replacing the guy in the Gimp Suit as their generic beat-down boy. The sort you put in a room with no exits, or a pool with no ladder. . .

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      1. OK… what is a Gimp Suit? Do I need to look this up? Is it scary?

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    4. A “Gimp Suit” is a head-to-toe body covering, often with attachment point for those who are of the. . . shall we say, “alternatively pleasured” segment. I first ran into it when playing the “Postal” set of shooter games. . .

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      1. OMG!!! Damn you for making me do an image search!!! It can’t be unseen.

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  2. Another example of unions manipulating the feeble-minded to further their ridiculous agenda. Now that those pinheads are out of work I wonder if the union is even giving them the time of day. I bet not.

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    1. “I know what you want. You want a stranglehold on your men by means of the jobs which I give them-and on me, by means of your men. You want me to provide the jobs, and you want to make it impossible for me to have any jobs to provide. ” — Dagny Taggart

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  3. Never understand the so-called “mind-set” of people like this who seem to think that NO income is so much better than $7.50 or $10.00 per hour! But then, the government will pay them fairly well to sit on their fat asses and watch Oprah re-runs…if any of them are smart enough to fill out the required paperwork.

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  4. Every restaurant in the country whose employees joined this protest should do the same sort of thing. If you don’t want minimum wage, either stay in school and get a degree, get a training in the trades…do something to improve your worth to your employers. It’s a simple formula, but the entitled do not want to do what it takes.

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  5. I believe there are now 35 states where welfare benefits amount to MORE than the minimum wage. Why would anyone work at all? It won’t be long and it will be 50 states (57 by Obama’s count). There is talk afoot about a guaranteed yearly wage that everyone has a right to receive, working or not. That will be worth some votes for the dems. Be afraid people, be very afraid!

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  6. I have yet to understand what makes these people think that putting slices of meat on bread is worth more than a highly-skilled, demanding job in accounts receivable, which paid me $19,000/yr to start, and $45,000 at the end. When a meat stacker gets more than I did for doing less, there’s something wrong.

    If you want a job that pays better, then get some training in better paying work and quit whining. Nobody owes these people a living.

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  7. From what I read, this place had seen declining business for months.

    As far as the demand for higher wages go, the company spokesman kinda threw water on that too:

    “We really regret our employees were given last-minute notice, but they were aware of the loss of business during the past year,” Jill Preston, Snarf’s director of marketing,

    Preston admitted the closing comes “at a really bad time” but said “our location there is suffering,” citing the increase in company cafeterias in the building and competition from nearby food trucks.

    It sounds to me that the existing business model and/or its location wasn’t working — and it apparently had been a problem for over a year around the time they opened the place.

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    1. Exactly. And yet, the unions were all boohooing, making demands. So yeah.

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      1. yeah, I know, they were trying to make this about them…

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        1. Don’t they always? Heh

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  8. Anyone of them is free to open their own business. Maybe they should consider asking the “poor” union for a loan to start that business.

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    1. Yeah. Good luck with that! LOL

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  9. …and this is a PRIVATE company… yet we allow PUBLIC employees to join unions, too!

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  10. Did their union reps not tell them congress failed to renew the 98 week unemployment benefits?
    Sounds just like how folks were duped by their unions to shut down old American businesses like Hostess and Winchester; putting themselves out of jobs in the process.

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    1. Congress didn’t fail to “renew” those benefits. They refused to, yet again, EXTEND them. If you can’t find SOME sort of job in two years, chances are pretty good that the reason lies with some deficiency of YOURS–not the economy’s. I’m 72 years old and have been employed full-time since I was 18. That’s 54 years of working at a number of different jobs. I’ve been “involuntarily” unemployed throughout those 54 years for a TOTAL of 3 weeks…and two of THOSE were between the time I was honorably discharged from the Army and when I started my first, full-time “civilian” job….and I changed careers entirely four times in the interim.

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