Minimum wage hike kills a Maine business

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Minimum wage hike kills a Maine business

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State minimum wage increase forces redemption center closure

BANGOR, Maine — Opponents of Maine's minimum wage increase’s worst fear is coming true.

While the increase puts more money in employee’s pockets, it is also forcing some employers out of business.

The Bangor Redemption and Beverage Center shut its doors this week after 36 years of business.

The "main thing causing this closure is the increase in minimum wage,” said the Bangor redemption center’s owner, Paul Baron.
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In 2017, Baron and his wife, Wendy, had seventeen employees working at their redemption center on Broadway in Bangor.

Last summer, they were down to only eight employees and the Barons stopped taking a salary themselves just to make ends meet.

Any changes they made to try to save money, and the business, didn’t work this time.

This must be fake news, because Mike Tipping and the Maine Peoples Alliance told us this would not happen.

But there's a bright side:
School districts can hire the folks who sorted cans and bottles and turn them into school bus drivers!

Shortage of bus drivers force Maine school to close in RSU 71

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Proponents of the abrupt

Proponents of the abrupt increases in minimum wages ,a 46.6 % increase in three years here in Maine from $7.50 to $11 and up another dollar next January ,don’t understand basic physics.For every action there is an opposite and equal reaction. Many small businesses won’t be able to increase retails or cut overhead enough to keep pace and stay competitive .And it’s not like the population of Maine is growing creating a larger customer base.But for those in the legislature who have never had to make payroll small details like that fall on deaf ears.....and numb skulls.

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I had a rare visit to a

I had a rare visit to a McDonald's at Thanksgiving time. The automation of ordering was maddening, but all too obvious with its consequences.

Think through the way those kiosks work and what it implies for self-drivers.

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I eat at McD's quite often.

I eat at McD's quite often.
Those kiosks are a refreshing alternative to some of the mental midgets they have taking orders.

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I eat at McD's quite often.

I eat at McD's quite often. Trump eats McD's "food" quite often, too. You are what you eat (cheap and greasy).

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The Golden Arches is haute

The Golden Arches is haute cuisine for those who believe caging children is somehow warranted.

Fine dining for those who believe an orange game show host is akin to Einstein.

The pinnacle of the culinary arts for Americans who believe journalists are enemies of the state.

They’d eat dung if their president instructed them to do so.

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I didn't look into the link

I didn't look into the link in mainemom's OP and I don't know anything about the Bangor redemption market. Redemption is a filthy business. I knew the guy who built RSVP from scratch. He made a ton of money while he had it and sold it for a few tons more.

My fundamental belief is, if you can't afford to pay your help, you have no business being in business. Whether through artificial wage hikes or tight margins in a tough business, the right business person should have been able to navigate it.
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Speaking of filthy . . Yes, indeed, you are what you eat. Take expat's posts, for example. Gluten free, fecal purity. See, expat used to be a fan of shit sandwiches. That was until it's delicate constitution forced it to give up bread.

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Two posters (expat and Carter

Two posters (expat and Carter) in this thread are obviously here to maliciously incite. What a small and useless life - waste of oxygen, food and water to sustain unintelligent and meaningless life. There are a few more here that seem to live to disrupt intelligent discussion. I've lost count of how many interesting discussions have been ruined by these folks who maliciously attack others while adding absolutely nothing. Most other forums would have long ago banned such behavior - this forum appears to be a free for all that gives bottom feeders a voice.

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Taxfoe maybe you ought to

Taxfoe maybe you ought to look at the story.
You’ll learn that the state controls the reimbursement rate to redemption centers, and that rate hasn’t changed in nine years.
An untenable business model, indeed!
Can’t increase your revenue, so once you’ve wrung inefficiencies out of your operation, what’s next?
Clink!
Right?
Ok for the consumer of returnable, but the low-skilled people doing the sorting are out of work.
MPA wants them on welfare, and so they are.
Unless we want the driving a school bus.

Next up in the game of low-skill job-killing:
Mandatory paid leave for all.
The nice representative from Cape Elizabeth has introduced the bill.
Off we go!

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What's the use?

What's the use?
Maine is lost anyway.
I recall as a young truck driver, making deliveries all over New England, New York, Ohio, and down the East Coast.
Maine people had the reputation of being a hard working, industrious and tough people.
Now, thanks to decades of democrat control, we are the welfare capitol of New England.
The democrats have done the same to us they did to the black population that they were trying to "save".
The rising minimum wage is just another ploy to make more people unemployed and dependent on government.

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Green-ee said - ". . . Most

Green-ee said - ". . . Most other forums would have long ago banned such behavior - this forum appears to be a free for all that gives bottom feeders a voice."

Such behavior didn't exist on AMG until the forum changed ownership.

It's suspected that the trash-mouths and trolls are related to the new owner in some respect.

Makes sense to me. Why would it be allowed otherwise?

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"Why would it be allowed

"Why would it be allowed otherwise?"

Perhaps the present owner has no interest in his forum. In order to manage it, he'd need to read it. I suspect the lack of moderation is due to neglect.

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maliciously incite

maliciously incite

Is that code for triggering snowflakes?

Maine’s minimum wage law was voted on and approved by Maine citizens. Don’t like it? Start a referendum to repeal it.

Or continue your keyboard circle jerk. Your choice.

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"maliciously incite

"maliciously incite

Is that code for triggering snowflakes?"

Yeow! That arrow hit the mark. LOL!

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Actually I've gotten so I

Actually I've gotten so I like the self check outs at Wallyworld and Home Depot. They are simple and quick much better than waiting in line. The rising cost of labor will continue to eliminate jobs and in lots of retail operations probably reducethe hours that they are open, I foresee C-stores in most rural areas not being 24 hours in the future.

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Here you go.....https://news

Here you go.....https://news.google.com/articles/CAIiELiLzmE-VISmfsB1oSH3YY8qGAgEKg8IACo... to close Wilton call center; more than 200 to lose jobs

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News reports are linking the

News reports are linking the closure in Wilton to the decision by L.L. Bean to switch card issuers from Barclay’s to Citi.
Hard to believe a business would expand its plant and equipment, as was done recently in Wilton, based on the fortunes of a single customer or partner.
No doubt DOL’s rapid response team will find these people jobs (in Cumberland County) or get them signed up for MaineCare.

So, was the rising minimum wage a factor?
We won’t know.

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Wilton used to be quite the

Wilton used to be quite the light manufacturing town. I keep hearing the proponents of nafta saying,”we don’t need those blue collar jobs,the USA will become the white collar service sector provider to the world.”............yeah right.

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Now that the educational

Now that the educational establishment has reduced us to ignorance and illiteracy, NO CHANCE.

Notice that most of the new tech jobs are going to China and India...

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The hiring of high school

The hiring of high school students for minimum jobs which also teach work ethic and responsibility are obviously on the agenda to be eliminated. Those who proposed are not stupid but they are devious in their approach. Give a kid no hope at all and you have an excellent new democrat, dependent upon the State. Which is the ultimate goal of Progressives.

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First , what buisnes occupied

First , what buisnes occupied the property originally ?

Sercond , who issues and services the LLBean credit card ?

Barclays bought former Bass shoe property.
Citi bank inow issues and services LLBean credit cards.

Both of these are related. Call cenbters are notthe best economic developement things for a community. Theutend to arrive with alot of flash and
promises. The problem is they are all linked to the financial services markets that live on their credit card rates for profit.

These companies do just what Beans' does for call centers, they acquire available property usually vacant , at in some cases what amounts to fire sale rates.
Call centefrs are cheap to open usually little infratsrtructure is needed and most costs is in interior setup. Previous owners assumed most of costs initially.
Given these factors it is easy for them to close one or reduce size depending on amount of accounts serviced.
This is not a surprise but the employees are unfortunately are what Beans' wanted for customers this season, LLBeans "Be an Outsider".
Beans is not any different. I remember when one daughter was working in Portland Call Center and staff was cut because they opened in Bangor paying less than Portland staff.

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Are the Fates tempting you?

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