commented on I, Anonymous
When I tried to tip on an Uber, the driver actually turned me down. We reached the destination, I had my cash in hand, and I said, because I had never done this before, "Hey, can I tip you or something?"
And he said "no, you're good, thanks though."
In my mind, there were two possible explanations here. One is that I am God's gift to mankind, and the driver was so pleased at having had the opportunity to have me in his car that the mere idea of me giving him money was offensive to him. The other is that tipping is not expected at Uber, because, and I'm speaking as a tipped worker here, no tipped worker will ever turn down a tip if one is expected.
Jun 11, 2014
commented on International Franchise Association Files Their Lawsuit Against Seattle's $15 Minimum Wage
@26: Nobody in Seattle owns "a Jimmy John's." There are at least a dozen Jimmy John's in the local franchise, all owned by the same people. Nor do the owners work 6 days a week; you're probably thinking of the managers, who are also employees of the corporation, and even they only work six days a week if there is a reason for them to come in on one of their days off.
According to the Jimmy John's website, the average JJ's restaurant, once it's been around for four years or so, nets about $320k profit yearly, and grosses $1.4 million in sales. That's per restaurant, not per franchise. And while Jimmy is probably reporting the best figures he can get away with, Seattle isn't some tiny nowhere town, and two of the company's most profitable stores (Bellevue and South Lake Union) are in the Seattle franchise.
I'd be very surprised if other fast food franchises in this city aren't making similar amounts of money.
Feb 1, 2014
commented on Ignore the Fearmongering
@21 - Do you have links to the various pieces of evidence you keep citing? Ideally from reliable, neutral sources rather than places like conservative think-tanks and the Department of Commerce, but I'll read anything.
Oct 2, 2013
commented on Video Catches Cop Threatening to Harass Me
@43: Quality concern trolling. A+.
@45: The time that the cops in Minnesota randomly decided that our drug-free car was actually smuggling drugs to Chicago (they called in drug dogs and everything), they demanded to know why I was shaking, too. I think they get off on it.
Feb 13, 2013
commented on State Republicans Try Repealing Seattle's Sick-Leave Law
Every time I read about something these assholes are doing it sounds more like something you'd find in a game in a political science class than something that's actually happening in the real world. They're not interested in the real world or whether something is practical because this is mostly a game and they're just trying to show off that they're better at this game than these stupid people who actually care about the outcome.