June 20, 2018

Media Ignores Starbucks’ ‘Wage and Regulatory’ Issues As CEO Announces 150 Store Closings

Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson announced Tuesday that the company is about to turn in its worst quarterly year-over year same-store sales performance in nine years. While that is being seen as a one-time hit by many as a result of the company’s half-day racial bias training store closures, the bigger long-term news is that the nation’s number 3 fast-food outlet (by number of locations) is closing 150 U.S. stores, three times the normal annual number. It’s not difficult to read Johnson’s comments as indicating that the shuttered stores will primarily be in “blue” or liberal sections of the U.S. At the same time, he has specifically targeted “middle America and the South,” i.e., more conservative “red” areas, for expansion. The business press isn’t even trying to make the obvious connection between Johnson’s announcement and the respective presence or absence of high minimum-wage laws and excessive regulation.

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Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (062018)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: HS receptionist belts out Etta James classic over PA system

Filed under: Education,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Lincolnton, North Carolina (video at link; HT Weasel Zippers):

June 16, 2018

A North Carolina school receptionist on Wednesday stunned students on the last day of school when she belted out the Etta James classic “At Last” over the PA system.

Regina Ballard, the songstress, posted the video on Facebook, and the clip went viral.

“I love my job, y’all, but I look forward to summers when I can spend time with my grands & family, sooo…here it is…At Last!!!” Ballard wrote in her post.

The video of Ballard’s hearty ballad sung at North Lincoln High School has around 165,000 views in a recent tally Friday night.

“That’s it. It’s 3 o’clock, y’all. At 3:15, it’s official,” Ballard said before raising the volume of the classic song’s instrumental version on her computer.

In between hitting all the high and low notes, she flashes a big, bright smile.

Go here for the rest of the story.