Wednesday, February 22, 2006

That's usually called lying

So apparently at tonight's youth rates bill Mark Blumsky told everyone that he'd talked to the owner of a supermarket who'd said that this bill would cost him 1.6 million dollars.

Let's do the maths on that shall we. If we take the new minimum wage rates the bill will increase 16 and 17 year old workers by $2.05 cents an hour. So for it to cost one supermarket 1.6 million dollars they'd have to have 16-17 year olds working there for 780,488 hours a year. Or 2138 hours a day. Lets say the place was open 24 hours, this supermarket would have to have 89 16-17 year olds working every hour of the day.

Seems likely doesn't it.


  1. Anonymous4:14 pm

    89 doesn't seem like a unreasonable number, especially when you consider that there are about 2 - 3 shifts. each shift could easily have 30 young people in it...

  2. That's 89 every hour, so each shift would have to have 89 16-17 year olds (not young people, but specifically 16-17 year olds, who are the only people covered by this bill).

    That is an unreasonable number.

  3. Anonymous1:45 am

    He must own a lot of supermarkets :)