Pizza Shop Worker Loves Seattle’s New $15 Minimum Wage, Until He Finds Out That It Cost Him His Job

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Former pizza shop worker Devin Jeran, thanks to new $15 min wage law in Seattle

Hat/Tip to Ashley Dobson at RedAlertPolitics.

Fifteen bucks an hour? Score!!!!

Then reality sets in…

Pizza shop worker Devin Jeran was excited about the raise that was coming his way thanks to Seattle’s new $15 an hour minimum wage law. Or at least he was until he found out that it would cost him his job.

Jeran will only see a bigger paycheck until August when his boss has to shut down her Z Pizza location, putting him and his 11 co-workers out of work, Q13 Fox reported.

He said that while the law was being discussed all he heard about was how the mandatory minimum wage increase would make life better for him, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.

“If that’s the truth, I don’t think that’s very apparent. People like me are finding themselves in a tougher situation than ever,” he told the TV station.

Owner Ritu Shah Burnham said she just can’t afford the city’s mandated wage hikes.

“I’ve let one person go since April 1, I’ve cut hours since April 1, I’ve taken them myself because I don’t pay myself,” she told Q13. “I’ve also raised my prices a little bit, there’s no other way to do it.”

Small businesses in Seattle have up to six more years to phase in the new $15 an hour minimum wage, but even though she only has 12 employees, Z pizza counts as part of a “large business franchise.” As a result, she is on a sped up timeline to implement the full raise.

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“I know that I would have stayed here if I had 7 years, just like everyone else, if I had an even playing field,” she said. “The discrimination I’m feeling right now against my small business makes me not want to stay and do anything in Seattle.”

Shah Burnham said that she is “terrified” for her employees after she closes up shop.

“I have no idea where they’re going to find jobs, because if I’m cutting hours, I imagine everyone is across the board,” she said.

The organization that pushed for the higher minimum wage, 15 Now Seattle, wouldn’t comment directly on the closing to Q13 and didn’t offer any sign of sympathy.

“Restaurants open and close all the time, for various reasons,” Director Jess Spear said.

Watch Q13’s story below:


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  • Matt

    Just as predicted. !5 times zero is????

  • kissjrj

    Ha-ha!!

  • lastconservative

    Reality is a b!tch.

  • AmandaTrebiano

    Idiots don’t even manage to learn the hard way. There won’t be a restaurant or any other business open in Seattle soon. Good job libtards, enjoy life on welfare in ghetto apartments. The best part is the idiots at McDs who don’t realize they will lose ALL their welfare money when they start making $15 an hour, amounting to a huge net pay cut when they have to start paying income tax and lose all their “free” stuff!!

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  • danybhoy

    If this dolt looks at who supported & pushed this policy that cost him his job, & he still supports then down the line, then he deserves to live a life of barely making ends meet & having to work 2 jobs to do so.