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Re: “An Ambitious Dance

I honestly feel like we are getting punked. I'd Put a 10 spot down that says Ms. Damewood was or is still currently, a Yelp Elite. YUMMY! ADORBS! OMNOMNOMNOM!

10 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by C.O. on 04/12/2014 at 11:11 AM

Re: “And Just Like That, Portland's Finally Talking About the Minimum Wage

@Hiram Asmuth:

Since when should one expect to be able to afford a family on one McD job? I mean, are you being facetious? You can't really think that...

"I'm an employer myself, own a small business, and would gladly pay my employees a living wage if that were the standard"--There is nothing stopping you right now from paying whatever you want. Or is there? Say, Market forces? Competition? You see, claiming the high moral ground and then hiding behind the "well, it's not the standard" flimflam, is disingenuous at best.

"When the minimum wage is raised, the spending capital of the community is also raised, meaning businesses can raise prices to accommodate what they need to pay workers."--So, basically accomplishing jack shit? If you make $100/hr but a hamburger costs $35, what have you gained besides a few hundred percentage points worth of inflation?

13 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by C.O. on 03/15/2014 at 11:26 AM
Posted by C.O. on 03/14/2014 at 3:15 PM

Re: “Quartet: Smoke and Mirrors

As is par for the course, everyone is slightly wrong here. The only parsing we need to accomplish really, is who is expecting you to exchange dollar bills for their mistakes. I regularly question the ambient IQ around these parts, but even this crowd can see where I am going here.

Sure, if Chris wanted to be confrontational( I certainly wish people in general in this town would start doing more of) he would have told the manager the myriad of flaws. What is to be gained by that in the moment? Really? Trust me I have stood there and had a guest tell me every tiny flaw to their meal. It's uncomfortable and largely aimed at getting the bill comped. How much freer could this free meal have gotten?

As an Employee of The Merc, charged with reviewing restaurants, I would say Chris did exactly what was/is asked of him. A Critics duty is to the reader, not the restaurant.

As to the food described herein......LOL. Now that we have decided that a restaurant zero people that read the Merc would ever contemplate going to sucks, perhaps we can get back to OMGing over the latest sandwich shop that opened with a pork belly banh mi for $9 and Fernet on tap(revolutionary!!)

11 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by C.O. on 02/14/2013 at 4:26 PM

Re: “Big March Planned Downtown Today; Cop Talks "Crowd Control" Philosophy


seriously, that would've taken longer to read than I am assuming this march will last.

4 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by C.O. on 02/14/2013 at 1:34 PM

Re: “North Portland Gay Bar Cancels Drag Queen's Black Face Act

Owner of the Eagle nailed it already.

12 likes, 22 dislikes
Posted by C.O. on 02/01/2013 at 5:43 PM

Re: “Dan Savage vs. Brian Brown: The Dinner Table Debate

I got a solution to all this: remove all state sponsored protections, benefits and sanctions from all forms of marriage. done.

you live your life how you want, leave you stuff when you die to whom you want, share custody of children with the person you created them with and file your taxes separately. This has the side benefit of removing the penalty(largely tax) for remaining single! YAY equality!

9 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by C.O. on 08/22/2012 at 4:54 PM

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