The CEO of the Waffle House restaurant chain is sick and tired of COVID-19, no doubt. But he’s even more tired of the nanny state lockdowns that have come with the pandemic.
Authoritarian politicians all over the country have imposed rules and regulations on eateries for months, though initially the vast majority of them were closed as ‘non-essential’ businesses.
All but the Waffle House chain. For the most part, those restaurants remained open to the public. But that could change any day now as governors and mayors – most of them Democrats – either reimpose new closure orders or otherwise ban in-person dining.
Well, CEO Walt Ehmer has had enough.
The chief executive officer of one of America’s most beloved restaurant chains slammed lockdown measures enacted by governments across the country, and now he’s telling leaders what they have to do if they expect him to close his own dining rooms.
This isn’t a move to callously boost his profit margins, but to protect the livelihoods of every person who works for him.
“A lockdown is going to put a lot of people out of work,” Ehmer said. “It’s really not about the business — it’s about the people. These people have jobs, they have livelihoods. They need to take care of their families.”
“The only reason we think that we would shut a dining room down at this point is if the local government made us do so,” the defiant CEO told Business Insider.
“None of the people who make the decisions to shut down businesses and impact people’s livelihoods ever have their own livelihood impacted,” Ehmer added. “The people making the decisions are not paying the same price that the workers in this country are paying.”
Or any price, for that matter. Every elected official, for the most part, that has taken away the livelihoods of sometimes hundreds of thousands of Americans in one fell swoop have never lost a dime’s worth of taxpayer-funded pay.
“The stimulus helped a lot of restaurants and more importantly a lot of people early on,” Ehmer said. “But, what you can’t value enough is someone’s peace of mind and security that they have a job that they can count on.”
He’s right. Enough already.
If Americans want to take the risk and eat somewhere in person, they should be ‘allowed’ to do so.