Sometimes Conservative talking heads promote a story without taking any time to see if the moral of the story fits their narrative. An excellent example of this comes from Allen West website editor-in-chief, Michele Hickford, who recently penned an article titled "Liberals start screaming: Chick-fil-A restaurant owner does the unimaginable to his employees."
Apparently Hickford believes that all Liberals think Chick-fil-A is "AWFUL" and wants to know how liberals can explain the actions of one franchise owner who, instead of laying off his employees during a five-month renovation, kept paying them.
The first explanation for this action is money. If the owner, Jeff Glover, had laid off his entire staff he would have seen a significant jump in his unemployment rate. It should also be noted that if his 50 workers had found other employment before the renovations were complete, Glover would have had to train a new staff, which is costly and has a negative impact on service. The resulting loss of customers would be felt by the location for months. In fact, some experts suggest laying off staff costs more in the long run. Perhaps Glover did the math and determined it would be cost effective to pay his employees not to work.
But when did Conservatives start celebrating organizations that pay people to sit around? They certainly don't think welfare is something to cheer about despite the value it adds. Even when the entity paying people not to work was another private company, like the auto workers jobs bank, the Conservative reaction was anything but reverence.
Of course it should be noted that what drew the ire of "Liberals" regarding Chick-fil-A was not that they are a Christian-based organization or that they closed their doors on Sundays, but rather their position towards same sex marriage, which not only runs counter to the majority of Americans, but also doesn't match with the views of 61 per cent of young Republicans.
Back when the discussion was about minimum wages at fast food restaurants, Conservatives were the first to point out that the franchisee was an independent business; yet for some reason, this logic has been tossed out the window to imply that Jeff Glover and his staff and the corporate heads of Chick-fil-A are somehow one in the same. Did anyone ever ask Glover his position on same sex marriage? Given that his facility is located in Austin, which is not only the most liberal city in Texas but one of the most liberal cities in the U.S., it's certainly possible that Glover doesn't agree with his corporate bosses.
Having said that, if Glover does represent the best of what Chick-fil-A has to offer, Conservatives may be disappointed to know that while a typical Chick-fil-A employee earns $7.96 per hour, Glover pays new employees $11 per hour with full time staff earning approximately $3,600 per month. According to the Conservative media, these sort of wages were supposed to ruin the fast food industry as the price of a sandwich would quintuple overnight. Yet somehow Glover manages to run a successful operation using the Chick-fil-A price structure and pay his employees something in the neighborhood of a living wage without having to live in a cardboard box himself.
Perhaps the question Hickford really should be asking is, how can Conservatives explain why they believe a guy who gives people money not to work, isn't outspoken against the LGBT community, and pays well above industry standards represents an organization they apparently love that does none of these things?
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