Alex Blaze

Freezing Your Employees Should Be Illegal

Filed By Alex Blaze | January 24, 2013 11:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: employee abuse, pizza worker, sign holding employee

pizza-snow-man.jpgOn Monday, I saw someone in Indiana holding a sign in front of a parking lot for a pizza deal. I don't know if this person was a man or a woman or what race they were or anything about them - it was so cold they were all bundled up. It was cold, like 0 or minus 10 with the wind chill.

So not only was this person working on MLK Day, but they were risking their life to tell people about dollar off pizza (or whatever).

Two thoughts: First, what does this output (in the economic sense) add to the general welfare? If this person ended up in a hospital, would it have been worth it? Would it have been worse to give this person a paycheck (paid by the government, maybe) to stay home than to force them to work in the cold?

Second, since it was a day about dreaming, wouldn't it be nice to live in a world where responsible law enforcement officers could be called by a passing driver, and the cop would show up and give that person's employer a ticket?

Jobs aren't guaranteed, people are effectively required to work, so the employer/employee relationship is coercive. Abusing power, especially power that's encouraged by the state, should be illegal.

(Pizza snow man via Flickr)


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