I guess as a way to keep the IT guys buy, Windows Vista came out today.
I'm waiting for Windows Event Horizon, myself....
This is pretty much how the owner is handling the rising costs that came as a result of Ohio's minimum wage increase. Just call me Dilbert....
...to me! Yes, I turned 23 (again) yesterday. To celebrate, I took my niece Megan to IHOP for pancakes. I let her mom come along, too, and several of my siblings, their spouses, and assorted kids joined us as well.
I suppose some folks would think that taking a two-year-old to a restaurant is an odd idea of a good time. Personally, I find it hilarious. I was in a great mood the rest of the day!
Some collected Meganisms:
"I'm not a princess! I'm Megan! You're silly...."
"I colored my hand!"
"I'm hot. I'm sick. I need medicine and marshmallows."
There may be photos forthcoming...
Here is a true story of what happens when the minimum wage is increased by law. Ohio increased their minimum wage by $1.70 an hour, effective January 1st. My company has half of its eight movie theaters in Ohio. In order to be able to afford the increased payroll without raising ticket prices (which negatively impacts business), the company has cut hours by instituting only one show on weeknights--theaters which had been playing movies at 5 and 8 are now only showing 7pm sets. So, a concessions clerk who worked from 4:30 to 9 on a weeknight at $5.15 an hour is now working from 6:30 to 8 for $6.85 an hour. Their day's wages have gone from $23 to $10.25. Let's say they still work 4 and a half hours on Saturday and so earn $31 for that day instead of the $23 they previously would have made. They are still making $5.00 less now than they would have without the wage increase.
But now we have the ripple effect--because theater costs have increased from their vendors as a result of their increased payroll costs, cutting show times in the Ohio theaters alone is not going to help make up revenue--so hours are being cut here in Indiana, too, even though our state's minimum wage is still $5.15. That means that an employee of mine who was earning $25* on a weeknight is now going to make $8.25, with no increase for the time they work on Saturday.
I expect to lose a few employees, especially the adults for whom this is a second job and it's just not worth the cost of gasoline to come in for an hour. There won't be any point in replacing them, either. I'll probably lose my Assistant Manager, too--his hours are being cut by half as a result of this.
Thanks, Ohio. I hope I can do something just as nice for you sometime soon...
*My theater pays $5.50/hour, despite minimum wage being $5.15