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  •  Franchises (17+ / 0-)

    Would someone familiar with franchise restaurants comment on how the relationship between the parent company and the franchise owner might apply in this situation?

    As we now know, the outspoken guy from Applebee's has about 40 restaurants in the Applebee chain.

    I don't eat there because they are vegan-hostile. If I were a potential customer, I probably wouldn't bother going into any Applebee's because it would be a hassle to find out if they are Good Guys or Robber Barons.

    Very few people will want to find restaurants where bosses refuse to give health benefits. Either people won't care one way or the other, or will prefer a restaurant with health benefits. That's my guess.

    If we can move this forward and seek out Good Guys, is it possible or likely that the parent company would standardize their practices—hopefully on the side of requiring franchises to provide health benefits?

    When it comes to restaurants, there is a really basic reason to want to patronize the Good Guys: I'd prefer a place where the people who cook and serve my food have health insurance.

    •  Heck, Applebee's isn't really veggie friendly (12+ / 0-)

      If you're lacto-ovo vegetarian, then you can get some of the pasta dishes IF you ask them to leave the chicken out.

      I agree that it would be wonderful to be able to easily identify the good guys.  It does occur to me that employee health insurance could be a selling point for restaurants.  Customers would much rather have healthy servers and cooks than ones that come to work sick due to the lack of benefits.

    •  All I know is, (15+ / 0-)

      in cases like McDonald's, the franchise owner is responsible to the corporation.  IOW, McD the corp. sends inspectors around to make sure the franchises are meeting standards.  Fail too often, and you lose the franchise.

      Political speech is a bit different from rat turds in your kitchen, or an inability to deliver a Big Mac in five minutes or less -- agreed.

      But I don't think the parent company will be too happy with millions of people calling and emailing to say, "Your policies suck and I will never spend another dime at your establishment."

      Don't know how Parent Corp. would play it from there...but they Would Not Be Happy.  Guaranteed.

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      by Youffraita on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 12:20:43 AM PST

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      •  McDonalds... (4+ / 0-)
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        the Corporate stores do offer insurance. It's not great insurance, but it's insurance, to all full time workers (and at least Caedy's store isn't cutting hours at this point to drop people). The franchises are different. Some offer insurance to all workers, some don't. None of it is very good insurance in my experience, but it's something. I know three different owners in my area, including corporate (I'm sure there are more, I just only know three). One only offers insurance to management, and two offer insurance to everyone. The one that only offers insurance to management also has the most issues with food quality. I worked McDonalds for about 8 years total over the years and tend to be a bit more forgiving about bad days and busy shifts, but I've even called and reported them a few times.

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        by FloridaSNMOM on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 04:31:15 AM PST

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    •  I agree with your last statement wholeheartedly (8+ / 0-)

      It's the eeewww factor, the knowing that the chances are high that at least one person in the restaurant is likely to be working while sick, without going to the doctor so could have anything contagious.

      Of course, having health insurance doesn't guarantee that they don't have anything, but if they aren't worrying about how to pay they are far more likely to go get fixed up.

      Women create the entire labor force. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sympathy is the strongest instinct in human nature. - Charles Darwin

      by splashy on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 02:39:52 AM PST

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      •  theres another piece (4+ / 0-)
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        Its not just having insurance. Its knowing how to get a doctor appt. Many people are insecure about their english and/or functionally illiterate. They might have insurance but not know how to find a doctor.

        I think the walk in clinics are great for that situation. Many people use them as their emergency room. And once most have insurance, we likely will need more of them.

        They should become the place to start if you're sick.

        •  I used to patronize walk in clinics (2+ / 0-)
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          when I had no insurance. To make a restraint metaphor, they are sort of the MCDonalds of medicine. But they are better than no care at all, and now that I am once again unisnsured, I'm sure I'll be back to them again when something goes wrong. In the meantime, I've found excellent health through meditation, massage, and Reiki, and am currently studying reflexology. I'm an LMT in CT., so if you live in North-Central Connecticut and love massage, feel free to message me  :-)

          Al Qeada is a faith-based initiative.

          by drewfromct on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 05:26:57 AM PST

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    •  If you (3+ / 0-)
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      buy a Franchise you are tied to all the other investors who buy that Franchise IMO.  I think that is the biggest drawback of Franchises as investments.  

      The people who open Franchise restaurants are only investors.  I spend my money in local restaurants and small chains run by people who look to serve good food to people.

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