The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves

A friend of this blog writes:

The title of this piece says a lot

The title: “Mayor: If restaurants can’t be ordered to use recyclables, persuasion is a lost cause”.

And it means exactly what it says:

Mayor Chris Coleman’s office and St. Paul’s Department of Safety and Inspections are showing little enthusiasm for spending another year encouraging store owners to voluntarily switch toward recyclable and compostable to-go food containers.

The city council voted 5-2 on Oct. 11 against requiring restaurants, convenience stores and other eateries to make the switch outright. Instead, council members opted to give city staff another year to help connect them to environmentally friendly container vendors.

Why, it’s almost as if free-market businesses, when given the “choice” over whether to cut their margins to little or no economic or environmental benefit, will choose “No thanks!”.

Which just frosts the city’s rice krispies (emphasis added):

But on Wednesday, DSI staff and the mayor’s office informed council members by email that after roughly a year of outreach, they would not devote another year of staff time to the effort without a guarantee that the new rules will be adopted.

You drown more flies with vinegar than honey.  Just look at Minneapolis.

3 thoughts on “The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves

  1. I do like the idea of telling the boss “I’m not going to waste my time doing my job unless you PROMISE me that I’ll get my way in the end.” I gotta try that.

  2. I’ve got to admit that I’m jealous of people living in places like St. Paul, where all of the big problems have been solved so that the mayor and city council can worry about what kind of fast food packaging is needed. What a Heaven on Earth it must be!

  3. How is this not about free choice? You either choose to do what you are told or you are free to face the consequences.

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