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Old 09-19-2019, 08:50 PM
 
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Sad sad sad.


https://bangordailynews.com/2019/09/...4-hours-a-day/


From what I hear, restaurants all over are really hurting from the new minimum wage. My local diner recently jacked up its prices. Watch for more expensive meals, reduced hours, and closings.
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Old 09-20-2019, 03:30 AM
 
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ITs not just restaurants...hurting from mandatory minimum wage its all small business....

between more online purchases and government policies..... the small local businesses will be drying up even more...leaving malls of national chains.. with self-checkouts..
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Old 09-20-2019, 08:14 AM
 
Location: Newburyport, MA
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The owner explained: "The 'late-night landscape' has shifted over time... Local businesses have eliminated overnight shifts; fewer people are coming into the restaurant after a night at local bars; and trucking laws have changed, resulting in fewer drivers on the road after midnight.... With all of those changes, and even though the rest of the day remains very strong, we just aren’t seeing enough business between midnight and 5 a.m. to justify keeping the restaurant open overnight”

https://www.pressherald.com/2019/09/...ack-its-hours/
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Old 09-20-2019, 03:49 PM
 
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Sad sad sad.


https://bangordailynews.com/2019/09/...4-hours-a-day/


From what I hear, restaurants all over are really hurting from the new minimum wage. My local diner recently jacked up its prices. Watch for more expensive meals, reduced hours, and closings.
It's so bad that people who have to work for minimum wage actually want a wage they can live one. Let’em eat cake.
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Old 09-20-2019, 03:51 PM
 
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ITs not just restaurants...hurting from mandatory minimum wage its all small business....

between more online purchases and government policies..... the small local businesses will be drying up even more...leaving malls of national chains.. with self-checkouts..
It's so bad that people with no skills to pay beyond minimum wage can actually have the nerve to demand and then get a wage that is just a little bit higher.
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Old 09-21-2019, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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Many year round restaurants are becoming seasonal and diversifying into firewood sales. Others are cutting back on hours earlier than they have in the past. Some are closing with no intent to reopen.

Contributing to the problem is local governments who will not allow low cost homes to be built in their towns. Just this week there was a report that towns can ban tiny houses and tiny house owners can no longer move thir house from the lake to their in-town location without a special permit. When it comes time to reregister the tiny house on wheels, there will be no registration available.

Maine state government is making it harder for young people to get a start in Maine.
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Old 09-23-2019, 11:00 AM
 
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My local diner recently jacked up their prices. It has already affected business, according to some.
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Old 09-24-2019, 11:51 AM
 
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For everyone who still loves their food, there is a bright side--they will be open 19 hours per day. In one way it's sad that Dysart's will no longer be open 24 hours; however, ever since they hired the new chef, I haven't been as impressed with the food. Quite some time ago I asked about the food and the menu and was told they are trying to cater more to the after the waterfront concert crowd or have food items to attract them or food items the after waterfront concert folks will be interested in eating. Now I'm not so sure this matters any longer. Checkout OutdoorLovers post, post #3.

It's not all about the minimum wage increase. Another reason cited was truckers only being allowed to be on the road 14 hours (I thought they were only allowed to drive ten hours per day, but I'm not a trucker so could be incorrect.)

I've never known anyone who could live on one job earning minimum wage and live by themselves on their own. That's why some people work two or three minimum wage jobs and/or share living expenses with one or more room mates. That's why some people learn a skill that opens doors of opportunity where they will earn higher wages. I think everyone needs to take at least one economics class and pass it. Some would say that businesses need to be willing to reduce their profits, be content with less profit, pay higher wages and be content to have less profit as a business; does anyone see that happening.

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Old 09-24-2019, 02:22 PM
 
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It's not all about the minimum wage increase. Another reason cited was truckers only being allowed to be on the road 14 hours (I thought they were only allowed to drive ten hours per day, but I'm not a trucker so could be incorrect.)
What changed in the trucking world is now trucks have electronic log books and drivers can't fudge the hours they spend on the road, so it is true many fewer trucks operate after midnight.
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Old 09-24-2019, 08:04 PM
 
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Some would say that businesses need to be willing to reduce their profits, be content with less profit, pay higher wages and be content to have less profit as a business; does anyone see that happening.
No because a large amount of restaurants if not most ALREADY operated at a very slim profit margin (if there even is one). Maine is primarily mom and pops, and often don't serve alcohol (or do many sales of it). Very tough business for those unfamiliar.
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