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$4 for fries

Mike has a run down on the living wage campaign in Memphis. Scroll down to The Living Wage Comes To Memphis.

If you pay burger flippers $12 and hour, there will be no burger joints.

5 Responses to “$4 for fries”

  1. Manish Says:

    In-N-Out pays its managers $80,000 a year and its burger flippers get $8.25 and health insurance and their prices are comparable to other burger joints and people love them.

  2. Manish Says:

    oh, here’s a link

  3. SayUncle Says:

    I’ve never heard of In N Out. Seems to me that CA has a high cost of living and the $8.25 may be keeping up. But I don’t know that for sure. I wonder if there fries are $4?

  4. tgirsch Says:

    Contrary to what you might think, wages are only a small part of your total expenses in the restaurant business. Food costs are the single biggest expense. If you pay a little more to get reliable people who don’t steal and managers who are good at minimizing overhead, you’ll actually do better.

    That said, I don’t think a “living wage” law can work. You would ultimately wind up costing full-time jobs in favor of more part-time jobs.

    This underscores a problem, though: there just aren’t enough good-paying full-time jobs in this country. So the real answer, it seems, isn’t to force people to pay good wages for crap jobs; the answer is to attract/create more GOOD jobs.

    How about the manufacturing jobs that we’ve sent to Mexico and China? That would seem to be a good start…

  5. Manish Says:

    the best way to explain In-N-Out is that its the Krispy Kreme of burger joints…they have the highest customer satisfaction in the industry and a cult-like following. They are only in the Southwestern US right now (Nevada, California, Arizona). The prices are slightly higher than McD’s but the quality is better too.