Progressive San Fran Businessman Threatened By Min. Wage Law Appalled By Increase in Cost Per Year

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IJR: Brian Hibbs, the owner and operator of Comix Experience, is having a difficult time confronting the reality presented by San Francisco’s new minimum wage law. The law passed in November by a huge majority requires that wages increase, as of May 1st, to $12.25 and will end up at $15 by 2018.
Anticipating only a slight increase in his costs, Hibbs was originally supportive of the law. But, then he did the math: I was appalled! My jaw dropped. Eighty-thousand a year! I didn’t know that. I thought we were talking a small amount of money, something I could absorb.
We’re for a living wage, for a minimum wage, in principle. . . . But I think any law that doesn’t look at whether people can pay may not be the best way to go.
The problem he faces is that comic books and graphic novels, the cornerstone of the business, have their retail prices printed on the covers, so he can’t raise those prices to offset the increase in costs. Also, his store’s usually staffed by only one counter worker, which makes reducing the store’s labor costs impossible.
The solution he’s come up with is to start a special club with an annual fee of $240, whose members will get special perks.
His comments and his business’ story drew the attention of a local news station, which reported on Comix Experience and another local book store, Borderlands Books, which has resorted to crowdfunding in order to generate extra revenue.
With that publicity, customers have directly commented to Comix Experience on the wage change: ‘I’m hearing from a lot of customers, ‘I voted for that, and I didn’t realize it would affect you.’
Hibbs is a self-identified progressive, but he’s looking for answers. Then he asked a profound question: Why can’t two consenting people make arrangements for less than x dollars per hour? He admits to believing in capitalism, and according National Review, he’d “like to have the market solve this problem.”
math is hard
h/t Weasel Zippers

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0 responses to “Progressive San Fran Businessman Threatened By Min. Wage Law Appalled By Increase in Cost Per Year

  1. Awww, how fast they backtrack when it involves them. The minimum wage was never intended to support families, it was to introduce the young into the work force. Sadly, so many that are older are not equipped to handle a higher pay rate. They never bothered to get the tools for higher wages.

  2. Liberal policies always have and always will affect those more on the lower socio-economic scale. It very seldome helps them. I agree, two people should be able to decide their own wages. However the reason why this can never ever been done again is that the city,county and state union employees have been promised a certain wage and benefits and therefore those gov’t entities have to come up with the money. We are in deep trouble in this country.

  3. Northerngirl

    The Progressive voters love all these laws and regulations as long as they affect the other guy, they’re shocked and affronted when the laws THEY helped push through hurt themselves. I wish I could say I felt bad for Brian Hibbs but he’s a victim of his own stupidity. I also wish I could say that they learn from their mistakes and vote differently but I think the majority of them do not. Cause and effect still baffles those on the Left. 😳

  4. This just proves that the imbeciles who vote these laws in are pawns of others behind the scenes. Good intentions mean nothing without positive results. Why don’t we just give everyone one million dollars and print up the money?
    The inside players, up inside the Eye on the Pyramid, know these things. They are playing their little games—and enjoying it, too—because it fulfills their agenda of Ordo Ab Chaos!
    The objective is NOT to provide a living wage. The objective is to run Comic Book Man—and every other small business owner—out of business. Why? Because we’re living under a CORPORATE FASCISM, that’s why!

  5. Liberals exist to “spend other peoples’ money” …. but go into shock if anyone reaches into their pocket.
    I don’t feel one bit sorry for that liberal bastard…….

  6. He’s probably a really nice guy,but you could fly a plane through that space where his brain should be.

  7. Imagine my distress.
    Sorry, but I have no sympathy for these morons.
    They made their bed, now they can sleep in it.


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