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Warik
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More people would patronize Burger King if there wages were higher.

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Started: 8/7/2014 Category: Economics
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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metri9696

Pro

If McDonalds were to keep wages at their current rate, versus if Burger King raised wages by a dollar or two, how more willing would the "social customer" be to patronize Burger King versus McDonalds to make a statement that one supports "livable wages" for employees.

While McDonalds would continue having more customers than Burger King, the amount of people visiting Burger King would increase.
Warik

Con

I accept.

I will provide the definitions of Patronize

Patronize (verb)

1. To give money or support to

2. to talk to (someone) in a way that shows that you believe you are more intelligent or better than other people

3. to be a frequent or regular customer or user of (a place)

I assume we are using the third definition?
Debate Round No. 1
metri9696

Pro

metri9696 forfeited this round.
Warik

Con

Pro has forfeited last round but i encourage Pro to provide an argument

Now on to my arguments

C1) My opponent says that if burger king raised the minimum wage to "livable wages", more would patronize the restaurant. However, no study shows that any restaurant had an increase in customers due to rising wages to "livable wages". Notice how the major restaurant chains with low wages such as mcdonalds, burger king and subway have the most customers and the most revenue.

C2) Burger King have historically kept their wages low because their wages are meant for high schoolers and those that have recently come into the workforce. The wages are not meant to make people live off them and to change this policy could have averse effects on Burger King's Revenue.

C3) The revenue that is saved from paying their workers anything can be used to buy better equipment, hire new workers to maintain the restaurant and to buy furnishings to spruce up the place and make it more desirable to those wanting a meal.

Sources:

[1] http://nrn.com...
Debate Round No. 2
metri9696

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Warik

Con

Extend Arguments
Debate Round No. 3
metri9696

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Warik

Con

My opponent has forfeited yet again. Vote Con

C1) Where will the money for higher wages come from? The costs of running a business such as burger king are astronomical and spending more money on wages could take away from money to operate equipment or hire staff
Debate Round No. 4
metri9696

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Warik

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Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by Alec_Rhodes 2 years ago
Alec_Rhodes
The employer, funded by the customer via raised prices on goods, or burgers and fries in this case. If McDonalds started charging $7 for a cheeseburger, whereas BK was charging $3, where would you spend your money?
Posted by Vajrasattva-LeRoy 2 years ago
Vajrasattva-LeRoy
A question instead of a comment:
Who do you think would PAY for the higher wages?
Posted by yostrider 2 years ago
yostrider
Well i see your points but the fact of the mater is even if they are payed more the question is how much more will the company be able to pay more 50 cents or $1 that small of an amount will not change the employes intelligence levels it will only make the stupider ones want the jobs more and maybe even get them. Also it mostly depends on the person, some people are happy with $7.50 an hour and those who aren't shouldn't be working if they have a bad attitude. I just look at McDonnell's they are highering these idiots to work the counters and are still making millions of dollars.
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