Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for January 25, 2022

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    BE THIS GUY  7 months ago

    That’s one way to raise the minimum wage.

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    MichaelAxelFleming  7 months ago

    A rat in a cafe.

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    Храм С.О.Д. (Templo S.U.D. ucraniano)  7 months ago

    what a hard bargain

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    cessna172  7 months ago

    caffeinated Rat – god help us all…

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    B UTTONS  7 months ago

    5 x Rat’s curent salary ($0), Cafe owner still ahead.

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    txmystic  7 months ago

    I’m trying this tomorrow.

    Except the “fathead” bit…

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    ULTRA MAGA Wasa Bista  7 months ago

    “My country ’tis of thee, sweet land of subsidy…”

    (Stolen from Doonesbury)

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    pontiac59  7 months ago

    Five times his salary and still got hired? Did he last work there when minimum wage was $3.75?

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    sergioandrade Premium Member 7 months ago

    In 1942 the US government decided to put a “price freeze” on wages to avoid inflation, since employers couldn’t offer higher wages as an incentive for new workers they started offering benefits such as employer backed insurance to make jobs more appealing.

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    BasilBruce  7 months ago

    I think you got a bad deal, Rat; you should have gone for “chrome-dome.”

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    nosirrom  7 months ago

    Truer than you think. I heard an interview with a restaurant industry spokesperson who said that restaurants are so desperate for help they are willing to hire back people they have fired.

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    seamusrmacdonald  7 months ago

    It is nice to see the workers getting some bargaining power after many years of declining real income whilst all the growth in the economy, and more, went to the very few on top.

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    iggyman  7 months ago

    Desperation!

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    Ermine Notyours  7 months ago

    I quit my old job when they couldn’t even give me pallets to put orders on, among other supply complaints. I asked for it back a few months ago and they didn’t rehire me. I guess they really were listening after all.

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    juicebruce  7 months ago

    He should hire Larry Croc … Croc Power !

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    wilhemenacooker  7 months ago

    the only way i’d work in a coffee shop is if i owned it – flipping burgers is not a career, but on the other hand if you own the grille…

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    Kayak_Brian  7 months ago

    I hope employers are not that desperate and Rat can sit at home. I know I wouldn’t want food or drinks made by a Rat. (yeah, I know I already do but I try not to think about it).

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    Gent  7 months ago

    So he’ll pays you five times your salary while he has to heavily bribe the health officer for not shutting his place down for a rat infestation? Dang. He must be very desperate indeed.

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    wrd2255  7 months ago

    1: “I didn’t know you were in a union. What’s it called?” 2: “Covid, Local 19”

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    NeedaChuckle Premium Member 7 months ago

    Saw a news item where a pub in SC is providing child care for its waitstaff. They are fully staffed because of this. Amazing that a small business can afford to do this and bigger ones say they can’t afford it.

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    Vivi <333  7 months ago

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    Chris  7 months ago

    he must be really desperate for help…

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    wongo  7 months ago

    Company car?

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    Ellis97  7 months ago

    It won’t last two days. He’ll be back on his furry tailed keister in no time.

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    Jefano Premium Member 7 months ago

    It took me a while to realize Rat wanted to call him “FATHEAD” rather than “FATHER.”

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    Huckleberry Hiroshima  7 months ago

    lmao well done, Rat.

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    WCraft Premium Member 7 months ago

    At least he didn’t insist that they change the name to Fathead’s Roastery

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    rshive  7 months ago

    Joe really has staffing problems.

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    Goat from PBS  7 months ago

    A fate worse than death… letting Rat come back.

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    old_geek  7 months ago

    Listened yesterday on Market Watch of how Long-Covid is affecting the workforce. Sufferers being unable to work much or at all. Nasty stuff this virus brought.

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    Zebrastripes  7 months ago

    …until he gets more employees then RAT WILL BE OUT ON HIS EARS….

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    198.23.5.11  7 months ago

    A labor shortage.They just hired Guard Duck to work in a china shop.

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    Diane Lee Premium Member 7 months ago
    About 40% of those people who major in education, get a teaching job and start teaching wash out before the 5th year. I have taught and I have worked in an office. The major difference is that when you are working in an office you do not have to be paying 100% attention 100% of the time. And, when you leave work, you leave work. Each class requires about 20 minutes of prep time if you are revising lessons you have done before. If it’s a new lesson, an hour or two is more likely.After getting a total of 6 1/2 years of college and working for 32 years, I was making about 75% of what my nephew was two years into a sales job.All of the ideas for improving education add about 20% to the classroom hours, and no additional money seems to be available to get extra people to help with the job, which would be a big help. Paying the people who are doing it more might make them happy, but it’s not going to increase the quality, because it would be an overwhelming amount of work. Eventually, they are going to get to the point where no one with the intelligence to do the job is going to be dumb enough to take it.
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    sisterea  7 months ago

    It is literally that bad some places, we haven’t gotten mail since last week, apparently most of the local post office is out sick.

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    LrdSlvrhnd  7 months ago

    I’d settle for once a day, but negotiate carryover usage and days off count towards the total.

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    AndrewSihler  7 months ago

    Don’t mean to quibble (well, OK, yes I do) but I bleeve that Rat would be paid wages, not a salary.

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    198.23.5.11  7 months ago

    This strip is anti-pomposity.So I’m relating a story from Harpo Marx’s memoirs.Cast is Harpo and two famous NY CITY literary columnists,Heywood Broun and Alexander Woolcott(who looked like Reginald Van Gleason).

    One night,leaving the Algonquin Round Table,I shared acab with Broun and Woolcott.They were at each others throats,slur and nail,in some ridiculous literary argumentwhere I couldn’t get a word in sideways.

    My place was the first stop.Woollcott said “Tell the driver where to drop us off like a good boy,Harpo”;and thenresumed his tirade against Broun.

    I did not like his condescending attitude.So I said—“Theother two parties want to go to Werba’s Theatre;Brooklyn”. Werba’s was a burlesque house in the far off reaches of Flatbush".

    At three in the morning my phone rang,with a frenzy of curses on the other end.Woolcott and Broun had arguedall the way over the Brooklyn Bridge before they realized what kind of a ride they were on.

    Coming back,the cab had slid on the ice and stalled.Bythe time t hey got home they were in the early stages of frostbite".

    And this was one of Harpo’s TAMER practical jokes.

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    knight1192a  7 months ago

    BIG MISTAKE!!! He should have gotten the Rat clones back instead. They were superior employees.

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    Otis Rufus Driftwood  7 months ago

    For those who don’t think we’re experiencing a dysfunctional labor economy, if not an actual labor shortage, this is something to think about. I think it’s hard to what worse about our labor situation: The people who aren’t showing up to work, or the ones who do.

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    eddi_tbh  7 months ago

    It is a bad thing when workers have power. All my bosses over the years could only agree on that. They were all fatheads.

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    Sisyphos  7 months ago

    I know many places are desperately looking for help these days, but Joe must be really masochistic to hire Rat, and on those terms!

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    hey der guy  7 months ago

    He needs the rat clones

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    AndreasMartin  7 months ago

    Desparate times call for desparate measures.

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