Jon Taffer, the host of the reality show Rescue bar, has a plan to stop the current crisis of people who don’t want to work shitty low-wage jobs in the restaurant and service industry: turn workers into “hungry dogs.”[s]. “
Laura Ingraham: “What if we just cut unemployment? Hunger is a very powerful thing.”
Bar Rescue Guy: “They only feed a military dog at night, because a hungry dog is an obedient dog. Well, if we’re not making people hungry for work …” pic.twitter.com/Pw5C6n6l02
– Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) August 13, 2021
Speaking to Laura Ingraham at Fox News, Taffer – a Nightclub Hall of Fame induced! —He jumped on the idea of drastically cutting unemployment benefits (part of an aid package in response to COVID-19 that sparked a record drop in poverty) as an incentive to, as Ingraham pointed out, making people “hungry.”
Ingraham backed off and said no “physical hunger”, not clarifying what else he could mean.
But then Taffer went ahead with this:
I have a friend in the military who trains military dogs, Laura. And they only feed a military dog at night. Because a hungry dog is an obedient dog. Well, if we are not making people hungry for work, then we will provide them with all the meals they need while sitting at home. I am completely with you Laura. These benefits do not make any sense to us.
The Bar Rescue host later apologized.
“I want to sincerely apologize for using a terrible analogy in reference to the unemployment situation, ”Taffer said a day after the interview on Twitter. “My comment was an unfortunate attempt to express the wish that our lives would return to normal. I recognize that this has been a challenging year for all of us and I am looking forward to the hospitality industry coming back stronger than ever ”.
Regarding an interview I did yesterday, I want to sincerely apologize for using a terrible analogy in reference to the unemployment situation. That was not my intention and I am very sorry. February 1
– Jon Taffer (@jontaffer) August 13, 2021
Taffer himself benefited from government assistance during the pandemic, receiving loans from the Check Protection Program worth approximately $ 61,000.
Some businesses in the US, including restaurants, have struggled to find enough employees to be fully staffed after laying off workers during the initial moments of the pandemic in 2020. But restaurant workers have saying who believe that there is only a shortage of wages, not a shortage of labor. Many companies Living wage earners say they have no problem finding employees to meet their staffing needs.