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Apr 28, 2015 Stuart MC commented on The Staff of The Stranger Argues About Restaurants Going Tipless.
I think Dan's statement that "...if we do away with tipping, a pretty good gig will be destroyed" is a bit premature. Has Ivar's seen a mass defection of its serving staff since going tipless a month ago? What do they actually think of the change? Have their wages been lowered, have they stayed the same, or have they gone up? Also, Ansel's average income for a tipped worker of $22,620 doesn't really shed any light on the subject as this would include part-time or casual employees who might not work 40 hours per week. It'd be more relevant if he included the average hourly wage (with tips) so we could determine if they really should be considered low-wage workers.
Apr 9, 2015 Stuart MC commented on If We Want Better Conditions for Low-Wage Workers, Should We Get Rid of Tips?.
Both this post and the previous one about the Ivar's server leave out one important piece of information: how much exactly did he/she earn from Ivar's last year? $40,000? $60,000? $80,000? The law was changed to help low-income workers in the city, not servers who in many cases earn more than the managers at their restaurants. Spear and Sawant are delusional if they thought their precious movement was actually going to help those folks. Plus I'm sure neither of them has met with anyone at Ivar's to discuss what is actually happening over there (either workers or management), but based their ridiculous comments on second-hand news reports from one pissy server.
Mar 16, 2015 Stuart MC commented on Four Places You Can Get Delicious Fish 'n' Chips for Less Than $10.
Ivar's actually owns only the Spud at Alki. The other locations are still owned by the same family that has always owned them.
Nov 18, 2014 Stuart MC commented on Today in Film History.
Not sure why the OTDIF folks posted that Entry today, but Titanic premiered on December 19, 1997, not November 18. It was shown early at the Tokyo Film Festival, but even that was November 1, not the 18th.
Mar 11, 2014 Stuart MC commented on Small Businesses Are Not the Enemy.
#11 is exactly right. Target and Walmart are big businesses. The McDonald's and Burger King franchises in this town are not; they are small businesses operated by local owners. By wrongly lumping them in with massive corporations, you are using faulty logic that leads to incorrect conclusions.
Mar 11, 2014 Stuart MC commented on Tom Douglas Talks About How a $15 Minimum Wage Would Affect His Restaurants.
And at the businesses that can survive, how many of those employees will receive less hours and less benefits as the owners try to cut costs? I think that is an important part of the conversation that is being forgotten.
Mar 5, 2014 Stuart MC commented on State With Highest Minimum Wage Has Best Job Growth in Nation.
What Dan also neglects to mention is that our high minimum wage has contributed to us having one of the highest unemployment rates in the country for teens and people of color. So while white adults may celebrate higher pay, I guess everyone else can just suck it.
Jun 4, 2013 Stuart MC commented on The Minimum Wage: Putting Some Myths to Rest.
Just out of curiosity, how many businesses has Kshama Sawant actually run? Any real-life experience as a business owner or operator to back up this claim?
Dec 19, 2012 Stuart MC commented on This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Fucking Things.
@45, if the Stranger only wants to be a "regional urban arts & entertainment weekly," then great. Mission accomplished.

But every day I come on here and see Dan or Dominic or some other writer screeching about injustice and unfairness and acting like the world is ending because not everyone sees things as they do. They surely seem like they want to accomplish more than a regional weekly would when they crusade for marriage equality or against charter schools.

I just feel that they do it so very poorly by only pandering to current readers rather than reaching out to those outside their small circle of readers. It's a shame, because with their talents, I think they could make such a huge difference.
Dec 19, 2012 Stuart MC commented on This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Fucking Things.
I think it just depends on what you are trying to accomplish at the Stranger. Yes, the use of foul language plays well with this niche audience, and as long as you are happy with catering to it, then go ahead and use all the obscenities you want. It has gotten you to your current level of readership, but it will also keep you at this same level.

But if the Stranger really wanted to make a difference here in Washington state, and if the writers really wanted to reach beyond their core audience of hipster urban liberals and change the thinking of folks who won't even consider reading it because of the crudeness, then you might consider toning it down a notch and creating pieces filled with intellectualism rather than just overflowing with fuck fuck fuck.