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Did the Banks Street Bar new owner really fire every employee? Sounds like it. That sucks, but there are plenty of other jobs out there. Good luck to you all.

“The new owner is an asshole!”
Well, ok. That happens sometimes, sounds like a bit of fortune being put into a position to have to move onto better things. Lots of good employers out there looking for good help.

“He lives in a mansion and pays his employees shit!”
Ok, another reason to move on. If he has difficulty keeping good staff, he will have no choice but to increase wages. Supply and demand apply to human resources as well.

The business was sold and the new owner decided to clean house and start with fresh staff. Sometimes it’s easier to start with new staff and reorganize than trying to correct issues. Is it a mistake? Time will tell. His money, his choice.

Most employers would rather hire someone with little or no experience and train them in how to do things than hire someone with “years of experience.” If you buy a business, the old staff will be reluctant to any changes, falling back on: “But this is how we always do it.”

An inexperienced applicant with a good attitude will more likely get the position than the industry veteran who is sure that he knows how everything should be run. Perhaps the new owner has a slightly higher standard of performance than the previous.

Someone who buys an established business is purchasing the name, location, equipment and the like. They are not buying the staff. The last I checked the buying and selling of workers was illegal in most states.

Sorry you are looking for a new job. You are not entitled to that job or any other. Their business, their choice of who to employ. Every job is just a contract. “You do this, I’ll pay you that.” Either one of you break the terms of the contract, the other can walk away.

I’m laughing at the comments on social media. I can picture all of them as co-workers. The ones who make it a point to take a shit on company time and boast about it. “I got one over on the boss! 20 minutes on the bowl playing with my phone.” While your co-workers had to pick up the slack. So much for the worker’s collective.

We’ve all worked with such people. Those who steal from the boss and justify it with, “He doesn’t pay me what I am worth.” Those who spit in customers’ food and back-stab co-workers at the drop of a hat. Often, it’s easier to just tear down and build new than to try repairing what’s there.

An employer owes you nothing more than the agreed upon pay on schedule.

Fuck Europe

I had a bit of a discussion on social media concerning high speed rail development in the United States. I pointed out the short comings of the high speed system under construction in California. Billions of cost over runs and impracticality of route plans. It will never be completed. A gentleman in Australia deflected the debate to the United States defense budget. Ok, let’s go there Mr. Lefty. 

I 100% agree with you. Let’s decrease the U.S. defense budget by at least 50% to start. Abandon all of our European bases, bring the troops home. Fuck Europe, Putin can have those Dark Age ingrates. Judging by the politics of Europe, those EU peasants love taxation and tyranny.  

Had we known, we could have pulled out of Europe in the 1950’s and let Stalin have you. Our bad, we meddled. In the past 70 years or so, it seems South Korea was the only success story from U.S. intervention. Ask an elderly South Korean how things turned out for them. If you disagree with that notion, then you probably got your history degree from a bad 1970’s TV sit-com.  

Americans drop loads of cash to travel over there to see your dusty old buildings and you treat them like shit. Every person I know who have gone to your rickety old continent have said there were a few cool things, but the people are snobby and condescending. Especially the French. Even the rest of Europe really don’t like the French. There is plenty of cool shit to see on our continent, keep those U.S. dollars on our own damn soil. We’ll produce less carbon by traveling domestically too. 

Let Putin have you, his empire can spread from sea to shining sea just like ours. However if he fucks with us, we’ll turn Moscow into a sun. We’ll pull out of NATO and the United Nations and you lot can fight it out with swords and pitchforks again. It will be God’s choice of who wins and rules over you just like times of old. 

We just gave Ukraine $45 billion that we didn’t really have until we printed it. Along with the other billions we scatter across the globe to keep U.S. puppets in office. Let’s say that’s $50 billion dollars we pissed away this year on people that don’t even like us and we have to buy drinks for just to get them to talk to us. A sad and pathetic foreign policy.  

If we are going to print out money, keep it here. $50 billion divided up among 50 states would have been a billion for each state to fix their own infrastructure. So every state can now have a pork barrel high speed train that carries a dozen passengers a day.  

Combine your own militaries. Put Great Britain in charge of the Navy, it’s the one thing they seem to get right. Even when the Limies lose they strut around boasting about how gallantly lost. Don’t let them have anything to do with the mess halls. Let the Italians handle catering. Anyone who has ever dined with an Italian family will tell you, you won’t go hungry.  

Don’t let the French near the food no matter how much they insist. It will be in tiny portions and will be way over budget. Or tanks, don’t let the French have anything to do with the tanks. They will end up with one forward gear and three reverse. What can France add to the conflict? The same as always, the battlefield.  

The Swedes can build the aircraft. They will be just like their cars, reliable but ugly. Sorry England, the days of the Spitfire and Harrier jet are over. The Frogs are still trying to figure out how to put reverse on a Mirage jet.  

Let the Germans handle the army and tanks. Yea I know, not the greatest win record. This will be a grudge match. The Krauts can produce their infamous over-engineered tanks. With the rest of Europe on their side , they stand a better chance. Just check the calendar this time guys.  

Leftists always use the same tropes: “Waa, we spend three times as much on defense than the other countries. Waa, Europe has free healthcare, and we don’t.” Yea, no shit. Americans have spent trillions over the decades keeping other countries’ asses safe while we get reduced to a second world standard of living.  

Let Russians, or the Moors or Mongols invade you, it will be just like the good old days for you Medieval fucktards. Our fat American asses will be eating burgers and watching it all unfold on TV. 

Next time I will present arguments for the invasion of Canada.

Dear Mr. Dean

Dear Mr. Dean:

I was informed by a co-worker that you had stopped by the bar. You brought up to her your past involvement with the old Quarter Rat magazine while boasting about being a writer. She had also written for us and was excited to tell you about the recent incarnation of it. Your alleged response was: “If Styles is involved, it must suck.”

Let me put your concerns to rest. It has never been better. The publisher is an actual reporter, with actual newspaper experience. A reporter, not a “journalist.” Unbiased reporting of facts with verification and credible sources, written free from opinion or spin. NOPD and City Hall press people are taking our calls from The Quarter Rat newspaper to answer questions. How cool is that?

Tabloid sized 11 inches by 14 inches, 16 pages (4 in color) and in newsprint. I have been dreaming of this for 10 years. These are getting scooped up faster than the old ones did. Never any left over. The publisher and I bust our asses to try and keep this as a topical monthly publication. It is seriously not easy. A real effort since we both have a day jobs. Did I mention he’s still a working reporter and also a full-time graduate student?

Jay Slusher is our featured writer. When the publisher approached me to start this back up and asked who we can get to write for us, Jay was on top of my list. It wouldn’t have been The Quarter Rat without him. I just add print layout, ad design and an occasional editorial opinion. OP/ED pieces are clearly that. We are uniquely different from the other numerous monthly publications in town.

I hadn’t thought of you in years, but I’m flattered that you remembered me. It made my morning with hearty laughter. At first I thought I would post a snarky retort here. It’s challenging. I could go for the easy personal attack on you, but I can’t think of anything unique or specific about you that I could poke fun of. You are just generic, void of originality, creativity or independent thought. A non-playable character.

I’ve made all of the hipster observations that I need to in my past writings. The pretension, consumerism, narcissism, the self righteousness copy and paste ideology. Endless snobbery about music, food, nasty beer and celebrity worship. Are you one of those? And you’re a writer? Every hipster claims to be a writer, artist or musician. If you didn’t make any of those title claims, that would be unique.

Please don’t ever try to lay claim to the title of journalist, I’ll clarify why I say that. On March 15, 2018 you posted on social media a breaking story with your spin on it. The headline read: MIAMI BRIDGE COLLAPSE KILLS SEVERAL. Your comment: “We have money to build walls but not for our infrastructure. SMH.” That was your third “Orange Mad Bad” post that night. I had to click on it. You know, get more information, an understanding and some knowledge of the story before I made a comment.

The very first sentence in the breaking news story was something like: a pedestrian bridge under construction collapsed in Miami killing several…” You couldn’t even be be bothered to actually click on and read the article before you offered up your hyperbolic opinion on it. Obviously, you just spent your time scrolling the news and thinking, “How can I bash the right?” Click and share, get those likes from your tribe.

Another loud fart in the echo chamber.

There were a few instances like that, but that is the only one I still remember. You probably wouldn’t like the new QR newspaper. We actually go out and interview people, verify information, quote officials, go directly to those involved and ask for comment. Write it up clearly without a narrative. Very different approach to covering the news than you are probably familiar with. Kind of old school news reporting.

And yes, we still have lots of boob photos.
Best of luck with your future,

Clean Up Guy,
Art Director
The Quarter Rat Newspaper

The Quarter Report!