Morning Free Association: Pay Them

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As of Tuesday, thirty of thirty-one NHL franchises stepped up and agreed to pay their arena and gameday workers during this time when the season is paused. Throughout the US and Canada, along with many nations throughout the world, hourly wage workers, contract workers, and those who work in the hospitality and food serve industries are likely to lose paychecks, weekly and monthly incomes due to the cornoavirus outbreak essentially closing down many areas. Hopefully, the government will take care of those people who aren’t employed by millionaires. As for those who are employed by millionaires or billionaires, even if it is contract work through a parent company, they should be paid by that billionaire.

Oh, that one NHL franchise that isn’t paying their workers: the Boston Bruins.

Oh come on! Even Eugene Melnyck is paying his arena workers.

The Boston Bruins are owned by Delaware-North, a major concessions company that is owned by Jeremy Jacobs, who took over an already successful company started by his grandfather in Buffalo, NY. They are a corporation that controls concessions, gaming, and restaurant offerings worldwide. Jacobs, who has owned the Boston Bruins and the Boston Garden and later the newer TD Garden, is worth $3.6 billion dollars. While I know that rich people often stay rich by not giving away their money, in this case, it’s almost criminal that he isn’t offering to pay his employees.

One reason Jacobs may be slow to pay his TD Garden employees is that if he pays them, he will also have to pay concessions employees at multiple hockey and basketball arenas, and possibly even baseball stadiums through the US.

But Jacobs can’t even hide his apparent lack of generosity behind weak excuses about not owning the Bruins’ building, because, well, he does. The Jacobs family also unilaterally owns and operates Delaware North, which has not announced a plan to take care of its many employees who work in arena concession stands across the country.

It’s a bad look to not pay them. He can afford to pay them all at this time. He can probably even write this off in some way for tax purproses. Mark Cuban, another billionaire, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, realises that there are complications but didn’t care enough about them to not offer to pay arena employees.

“There’s issues of payroll taxes. Do you pay the payroll taxes if they don’t work?” he told the Times’ Sopan Deb. “There’s issues of, ‘What happens if the games are actually played in the future? Do we pay them twice?’ I personally don’t care. That’s fine.”

Billionaires should have this attitude.

So, here is a helpful list for Jeremy Jacobs:

    PAY YOUR WORKERS
    PAY YOUR WORKERS
    PAY YOUR WORKERS

               PAY YOUR WORKERS

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Quaider4ever
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Devils at Bruins!!

Stripes
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Going back to the river today… need to surf!!!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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Yeah, I’m thinking that this would be a fine day for a hike
*looks outside*
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Or not.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Office complex is turning into a ghost town. But the business next to us has been making hand sanitizer and is giving it out free this afternoon.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

That’s great! What do they normally make?

Satan 81's Sister
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They’re a specialty cheese/wine/beer store.
https://www.madrivertaste.com/

A friend of mine joked that his cholesterol went down when he broke up with his girlfriend who worked there because he wasn’t getting free cheese anymore. lol

The London Bear
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Looks great. That’s a good price for a pint of maple syrup!

I’d rather have a shorter life with lots of speciality cheese than the other way round ….

The London Bear
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Morning all,

English schools closing tomorrow for who-knows-how-long. We’re going to spend as much time out of the house as possible.

No early morning for me today – was up till 1am playing Call of Duty: Warzone online with a couple of guys from work. Social distancing! You have to loot buildings and see off enemies, so that could be good practice for a couple of months’ time …

From a work POV, we’ve managed to find enough sports leagues continuing to keep us occupied and, hopefully, to keep people interested in betting on them. They’re still playing hockey in Belarus, guys!

Slovakia has made mask-wearing compulsory. British medical experts are saying masks don’t do anything so don’t bother raiding shops for them…

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Hi Pals!!!
Futureworld continues!! The number of people, with their kids, on bike paths is overwhelming! This is not social distancing!!! Our package store, liquor store for those outside New England, is taking orders at the door. They apologized for any inconvenience…… Corona virus might be even less convenient than getting booze this way. Liquor store owners are among the most at risk! WTF? The frontlines are in the liquor industry!
Watched Bruins at Vegas replay last night…. No game thread sad
I was too lazy to pull the original from the archives. Weird watching Backes, B. Ritchie, and Heinen. If hockey ever returns, Brett Ritchie will still be lurking about somewhere. Playing with his brother may spark something…. One can hope.
Lots of rain. I’ll be under the Tacoma. Alone!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

The area of our local supermarket that usually carries crates of beer has been empty the last three times I’ve been. Not sure whether that’s because the delivery trucks have been loaded up with more “essential” items or whether the shelves just get cleared every morning!

Still plenty of bottles of ale on the shelves, for the timebeing at least!

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There’s a liquor store in Middletown RI that has a drive-thru window – which, considering the anti drinking & driving campaigns of the last 20 yrs, seems like something that should not be legal somehow.
I’ve always wanted to use it. lol

I don’t know if they’ve still been actively using it, but I bet they’ve been doing so this week.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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Good old J.J.
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Interestingly, Delaware North is believed to have ~60,000 employees. I have to wonder how difficult it would be to pay their staff, and if they are waiting for Congress to pony up some relief money or if they’re just unwilling to incur the expense.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Does he have tons more employees than the other owners, in that case?

But even so, if it costs him a billion to pay up he won’t even notice it’s gone, and once things start up again the profits will soar. When this is over I bet everybody is going to be desperate to get to restaurants, bars, live sport, live music, etc …

Stripes
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He does have tons mor e employees….. He’s still a cheap prick.

Satan 81's Sister
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Probably all of the above.