Chipotle Predictably Responds To 14% Minimum Wage Hike With 14% Higher Prices

Chipotle Predictably Responds To 14% Minimum Wage Hike With 14% Higher Prices

This is what you get when you pay for what someone feels they deserve versus what they actually earn in an open market. Of course prices have gone up at Chipotle to match the raise in the minimum wage. You didn’t think they were going to willingly lose money on the deal did you? In fact, I’m surprised, and still expect, prices to go up even more since their sales will now go down due to increased pricing. It’s a vicious circle and these liberal moonbats have bought into it and pushed it to the point of extinction. These morons have business MBAs and absolutely no business acumen whatsoever. If it’s survival of the bravest, fittest and smartest in business, these people are seriously on the endangered list and rightly so.


From The Daily Caller:

In an apparent response to San Francisco raising its minimum wage to a new national high, local Chipotles have raised prices just as dramatically.

“We believe the outsized San Francisco price hike was likely because of increased minimum wages,” an investors report, obtained by the American Enterprise Institute, detailed. The report was issued to investors by the global investment banking and wealth management firm William Blair.

Back in November, residents of the city voted to increase the minimum wage gradually to $15 an hour over the course of three years. Though the wage increase was designed to help address income inequality, some businesses have reported that they are already struggling to stay open.

“In most markets, the price increases have been limited to beef and average about 4% on barbacoa and steak,” a report continued. “San Francisco, however, saw across-the-board price increases averaging over 10%, including 10% increases on chicken, carnitas (pork), sofritas (tofu), and vegetarian entrees along with a 14% increase on steak and barbacoa.”

Chipotle refuted the 14 percent price increase in the investor report. A spokesman told The Daily Caller News Foundation that the restaurant increased prices in San Francisco at 10 restaurants only by 10 percent, and by 7 percent in the East Bay.

Supporters, however, have argued the positive results of an increased minimum wage would out way the negatives. Researchers out the University of California, Berkeley argued in a 2014 report that the end result of an increased minimum wage is more consumer power and less people in poverty.

The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI), on the other hand, found raising the minimum wage may not be as necessary as supporters say.

“Of those workers making the minimum wage today, two-thirds will be earning a higher wage one year from now,” an IPI report by Naomi Lopez Bauman stated. “Most workers, once they learn the job and demonstrate a level of competence, will earn more as the value of their labor increases to their current employer or a competing one.”

Nevertheless, Americans for the most part overwhelmingly support raising the minimum wage. According to Gallup, upwards of 76 percent of people favor raising it to $9 an hour, while 22 percent opposed the idea. Studies on the subject have shown varying results.

I flat out don’t believe Gallup. The majority of Americans are just not that stupid – at least I hope not. The market should dictate wages. It always has and is a fair and brutal negotiator of what a service is worth. Once you have the government, socialists and regulators step in and jimmy the system, then it begins to fall apart and eventually you have nothing left. It’s the Marxist way and it happens every single time. As one commenter quipped, “Math…still confusing liberals long after the invention of the calculator.” And so it goes in America’s new Marxist utopia as we gleefully go down the drain of history. It’s no longer supply and demand… it’s demand and receive or else.

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

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