A sign outside of a fast-food restaurant has sparked widespread debate on Twitter over everything from the minimum wage to working conditions in modern America.
Shared by Rep. David Rouzer (R-N.C.), the sign, placed outside of a Hardee’s, reveals how the establishment has been closed due to a lack of workers.
Rouzer argues that the business has been unable to hire new employees due to safeguards put in place by the federal government amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“This is what happens when you extend unemployment benefits for too long and add a $1400 stimulus payment to it,” Rouzer tweeted. “Right when employers need workers to fully open back up, few can be found.”
But Rouzer’s interpretation of the sign was quickly met with backlash online, where users instead blamed low wages and poor working conditions.
“No. This is what happens when employers pay workers starvation wages with no benefits,” @GunneIsWarren said. “You don’t want to pay workers a living wage with decent benefits? Stay closed or do the work yourself.”
Others refuted Rouzer’s claims by noting that the $1,400 stimulus check wouldn’t even cover a single month’s rent for many Americans.
“$1,400 is less than a month’s rent. Not counting utilities,” @DogBarkingBees wrote. “And pretty sure unemployment benefits are there for people who lose their job, not people who just decide they want unemployment. Maybe companies should pay folks a livable wage instead of wasting paper.”
Many also pointed to the free market, arguing that the working class had decided that being employed by the restaurant wasn’t worth it.
“This is the free market working, dumbass. If you don’t pay people enough they’re not gonna take the shitty job,” @BriannaWu wrote. “Sounds like you need to study economics.”
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