A McDonald’s franchisee gave Gavin Newsom a reality check for creating this nightmare

Jun 28, 2024

Gavin Newsom is presiding over the destruction of California from his socialist policies.

Now he’s crossed a bright red line by ruining a beloved American icon. 

And a McDonald’s franchisee gave Gavin Newsom a reality check for creating this nightmare. 

Beloved San Francisco McDonald’s closed its doors after more than 30 years 

The restaurant industry is in crisis in California.

A new fast food minimum wage law went into effect in April that’s wreaking havoc on the industry.

The minimum wage for fast food workers jumped from $16 an hour and the minimum yearly salary for a fast food manager increased from $66,560 to $83,200.

More than 10,000 fast-food jobs have been lost as a result of the law and restaurant closures are on the rise.

McDonald’s franchisee Scott Rodrick closed his location at the Stonestown Galleria near San Francisco, California less than three months after the fast food minimum wage law went into effect.

“It has been a pleasure for my entire team and I to serve the 19th Avenue and Ingleside neighborhoods for more than 30 years,” Rodrick wrote on a note on the McDonald’s door. “All of our valued team members have been offered opportunities to continue working with my restaurant company at other nearby McDonald’s.”

Rodrick told ABC 7 that it was a “gut-wrenching” decision to close the location.

He said that California’s fast food minimum wage law was the biggest factor in shutting down.

Fast food owners faced with nothing but bad choices in California 

Rodrick appeared on the Fox Business show Varney & Co. shortly after the law went into effect in April.

“The last 12 days since this unprecedented law impacted franchisees in California has literally been a whirlwind,” Rodrick said at the time. “Frankly, it feels like an eternity.”

He explained that he looked at cutting hours of operation and raising menu prices after the minimum wage increase took effect.

The “last thing” he wanted to do was lay off workers.

“I realize that my customers’ appetite for higher prices is not unlimited,” Rodrick explained. “So, when I take price to relieve margin pressure, it has to be done thoughtfully and with a plan. Charging $10 for an Egg McMuffin or $20 for a Big Mac, for me, is a nonstarter.”

Rodrick’s McDonald’s joins a long list of recent restaurant closures in California that includes Rubio’s Coastal Grill and Arby’s.

Foot traffic is down at California fast food restaurants and prices have increased by an average of 8%.

California Governor Gavin Newsom boasted that the new law would be a big win for workers.

Now his state has suffered so he can get a painful lesson in economics.

Conservative economist Thomas Sowell said that the real minimum wage is always zero.

“Unfortunately, the real minimum wage is always zero, regardless of the laws, and that is the wage that many workers receive in the wake of the creation or escalation of a government-mandated minimum wage, because they lose their jobs or fail to find jobs when they enter the labor force,” Sowell wrote.

Gavin Newsom is watching workers lose their jobs because of the law he touted. 

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