FAIL: Boston pizza shop paying a ‘fair wage’, sharing profits shuts down

You have to tip your hat to their gumption.

Dudley Dough, a pizza shop owned by a non-profit organization known as Haley House, received widespread media attention, a $100,000 donation from the owner of the New England Patriots and praise from the Fight for $15 crowd.

Why? Because it decided to pay its workers an hourly wage that is far higher than the normal working rate. Despite their crusade for social and economic justice by sharing the profits, the pizza parlor received a slice of reality: if a shop loses money then it can’t employ workers or share any profits with anybody.

Luther Pinckney, a team leader at Dudley Dough, told The Boston Globe:

“I don’t think anyone is looking at it as a failure. It’s an experiment, and some very good things came out of that, such as skill-building for staff and being in this building at this time of gentrification and change in this community.”

Before it spiraled out of control, Dudley Dough had to shut down before it greatly impacted its parent organization.

Interestingly enough, there are three other restaurants in the area that opened their doors around the same time as Dudley Dough…and they’re still operating.

Unlike in college or secondary school, you won’t get a trophy for failing to keep up in the capitalist world.

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