Guess what? Contrary to popular propaganda from the capitalist hating segment of America, business owners aren’t evil. Sure, there are some jack-wagon bosses out there, but by and large business owners want their employees happy. They want employees to feel a part of a team, a family even. An employee who feels compensated and appreciated is invested in the well being of the company. That is priceless to the owner.
Many in our country decry that business owners hate their employees and are exploiting them like some turn of the century sweat shop bosses. They won’t pay a living wage and on and on how awful business owners are. It’s all bunk.
I introduce exhibit A into evidence that the owner of Culver’s Restaurant in Platteville, Wisconsin is not evil. For the record his name is Bruce Kroll. He has owned the restaurant for about twenty years. Last November the restaurant was totally destroyed by a fire. It was devastating as you can imagine. The 40 employees wondered immediately about their jobs. What now? Their jobs were gone like smoke in the wind.
No one was hurt but the building was a loss. It took six months to rebuild it. Mr. Kroll, the evil business owner, had insurance that paid his workers 2 months of lost wages.
Then something extraordinary happened. Mr. Kroll paid his employees out of his own pocket until the restaurant was finished to the tune of $144K. What? Why would he do that? He could easily hire new employees when the building was finished or even re-hire the old ones back without paying them out-of-pocket. That sounds rather altruistic. I thought business owners were all greedy SOB’s! Apparently not, Mr. Kroll chose to invest in his employees instead.
No…the government didn’t make him do it. No…the government didn’t bail him out and pay for it. He wasn’t too big to fail. Mr. Kroll did it because for him it was the right thing to do. He told his employees to volunteer their free time to the community while they were off work and he was paying them.
They did just that. They fundraised a couple grand for the fire department. They helped with a Christmas dinner. Some volunteered at a camp. For the most part they invested back into the community. Why didn’t they just play video games all day and pick up a check? Because it wasn’t the right thing to do. They honored their bosses giving with their giving…everybody wins. I submit this is the American spirit, alive and well.
The new restaurant opened on June 16th. The employees are back to work serving delicious “Butter Burgers.” If you are ever in the Platteville area, which is a beautiful small town for those of you not from flyover country, stop in and spend some money at the Culver’s. Proof that business owners are not all evil.
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