Market Basket, the Free Market …and the smart thing

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Market Basket, the Free Market ...and the smart thing

I’ve already writ­ten about why I believe for the Mar­ket Bas­ket Chain, keep­ing Arthur T Demoulas is the right thing now lets briefly talk about why it is the smart thing.

We’ve already estab­lished that dis­putes not with­stand­ing Mar­ket Bas­ket remains a suc­cess­ful and prof­itable busi­ness that has pro­vided rich rewards for its own­ers and its employ­ees but I have absolutely no idea how to run a gro­cery chain, what busi­ness do I have say­ing to the board of direc­tors of Mar­ket Bas­ket that Arthur T. Demoulas is bet­ter qual­i­fied than Arthur S. Demoulas. What is the over­rid­ing argu­ment that even though Arthur T has run the busi­ness with a steady profit that Arthur S wouldn’t do bet­ter? What busi­ness do I have in sign­ing a peti­tion in sup­port of Arthur T break­ing my rule against sign­ing peti­tions on any type except for nom­i­na­tion papers for can­di­dates for office?

Well there are sev­eral things, lets look at them in order:

1. Debt:

“To have the low­est prices you have to have the low­est costs, that’s only Natural”

Ernie Boch Sr

Any­one who has fol­lowed the bud­get cri­sis in Wash­ing­ton knows that one big chunk of the bud­get prob­lem is inter­est on the exist­ing debt, before you spend a sin­gle dol­lar on any prob­lem or cut a sin­gle dol­lar you have to bud­get for the inter­est on the exist­ing debt and if you think it’s bad now wait till the arti­fi­cially low inter­est rates go back up

The same goes in busi­ness, if you want to make a profit you have to keep costs down. What do the prospec­tive new own­ers have planned?

His (Arthur T’s) attor­ney said that those oppo­nents have repeat­edly pushed for Mar­ket Bas­ket to bor­row heav­ily in order to finance pay­outs to share­hold­ers of more than $1.5 bil­lion. The com­pany is owned by nine share­hold­ers, all mem­bers of the Demoulas family.

The profit mar­gin in a super­mar­ket is not huge, it relies on volume

The aver­age super­mar­ket has a profit mar­gin of about 1 per­cent, accord­ing to Stacey Vanek-​Smith of National Pub­lic Radio. Some experts sug­gest this fig­ure might be as high as 3 per­cent. Either way, super­mar­kets are a vol­ume busi­ness. The extremely thin profit mar­gin in the gro­cery busi­ness comes from the large amount of com­pe­ti­tion due to the low bar­rier of entry into the mar­ket. Thus, a gro­cery store must make up for its low mar­gin by sell­ing large quan­ti­ties of product.

What hap­pens if a big chunk of that profit mar­gin is eaten up in inter­est pay­ments? Well if you lived in Mass­a­chu­setts over the last 40 years you might have heard a cer­tain car sales­man explain this basic eco­nomic fact to you:

If those prices go up, shop­pers have plenty of other choices. The super­mar­ket busi­ness is highly com­pet­i­tive. Within easy dri­ving dis­tance of the Mar­ket Bas­kets near­est to me there are sev­eral Han­nafords, A Shaws, A BJ’s and a pair of Wal­marts and more.

Mar­ket Bas­ket shop­pers have plenty of other options in the case of a price increase and if man­age­ment wants to draw a larger share for them­selves AND increase debut at the same time that money has to come from some­where but where?

2. Labor:

George Wash­ing­ton McLin­tock: Gave? Boy, you’ve got it all wrong. I don’t give jobs I hire men.

Drago: You intend to give this man a full day’s work, don’tcha boy?

Devlin War­ren:
You mean you’re still hirin’ me? Well, yes, sir, I cer­tainly deliver a fair day’s work.

George Wash­ing­ton McLin­tock:
And for that I’ll pay you a fair day’s wage. You won’t give me any­thing and I won’t give you any­thing. We both hold up our heads….

McLin­tock! 1963

One pos­si­bil­ity to make up such money comes from labor, but is that the wis­est move? Let’s look at a rel­e­vant example.

In an Ironic twist Host­ess Twin­kees are about to re-​appear on the shelves of Mar­ket Bas­ket stores this week. The Host­ess Com­pany went through a series of bank­rupt­cies and last year a last-​ditch effort to save the com­pany as it was voted down by one of their unions. The com­pany was liq­ui­dated, the employ­ees let go and the jobs that are now being offered pay con­sid­er­ably less:

He could have applied to get his old job back now that the plant is churn­ing out Twinkies, Zingers and Ding Dongs in prepa­ra­tion for a July 15 return to store shelves. But he said the cur­rent start­ing salary of about $11 an hour, with the chance to bump it to $14, is “a slap in the face.”

When I left, I was mak­ing $16.53 an hour, so I just didn’t see the point,” said Mr. Davis, who worked at the plant for almost 22 years.

How did it even­tu­ally get to that point? Well one might cred­i­bly argue that the Union demanded too much at the time of the strike

Some for­mer Host­ess work­ers who belonged to the Inter­na­tional Broth­er­hood of Team­sters still blame the baker’s union for the company’s demise.

We might still have our jobs if they didn’t go on strike in Novem­ber,” says Scott Quen­neville, a for­mer Host­ess deliv­ery dri­ver and Team­ster in Detroit.

While oth­ers can rea­son­ably argue the man­age­ment was mor inter­ested in their own bonus’ or in keep­ing agree­ments they had already made.

The for­mer Host­ess’ bak­ery union shoul­dered $100 mil­lion in labor con­ces­sions before being asked to take an imme­di­ate 8 per­cent pay cut last year amid tum­bling prof­its. At the same time, Host­ess’ act­ing CEO exempted his $1.5 mil­lion salary from the cuts.

In other words you had unions and man­age­ment at each oth­ers throat. If the unions in days gone by had looked long term deals that were not sus­tain­able might not have been pushed, mean­while if man­age­ment had treated the work­ers as a vital part of the busi­ness that pro­vided finan­cial rewards for both, the need for a union might not have existed at all.

At Mar­ket Bas­ket that prob­lem doesn’t exist. The com­pany is not only mak­ing a solid profit but the non-​union employ­ees par­tic­u­larly the ones who have advanced in the com­pany over the years, have got­ten a share of it as I men­tioned yes­ter­day.

The protest­ing share­hold­ers have been espe­cially out­raged by a profit-​sharing plan that they believe has enriched rank-​and-​file employ­ees at the expense of the fam­ily. Indeed, Arthur T. Demoulas proudly declares that some employ­ees retire with well over $1 mil­lion in their profit-​sharing plans.

and more

In one telling episode, one of the funds in which the profit-​sharing money is invested suf­fered a $46 mil­lion quar­terly loss dur­ing the 2008 finan­cial melt­down. Arthur T. Demoulas says he insisted that the com­pany imme­di­ately make up the loss to his employ­ees’ accounts. That enraged his cousins, who main­tained that no invest­ment comes with­out risk.

Now that might seem like a big one time chuck of change and it is, but think about it, how much good will does that buy? How much labor trou­ble did that prevent?

How much is a work­force like that worth? How many prob­lems and expenses did the com­pany not expe­ri­ence because of this? How many smart peo­ple who might have gone on to other bet­ter jobs in good eco­nomic times stayed because they knew they could advance, make a liv­ing and per­haps even retire in some com­fort if they stayed where they were? How many times do you think a union rep came down to Mar­ket Bas­ket and the old Demoulas and tried to recruit say­ing “We can do bet­ter for you” and were laughed at by employ­ees who could say: “Is your union will­ing to do for us what Arthur T did?” As one employee put it:

The man has made a lot of money,” said Burke, a Mar­ket Bas­ket employee for 41 years. “But he’s done a lot for the peo­ple along the way.”

How much would you pay for a work­force who don’t begrudge or com­plain about a group of 9 share­hold­ers mak­ing a com­bined $214 mil­lion dol­lars in a hor­ri­ble economy?

3. Expe­ri­ence:

Could Mar­coni have invented the radio if he hadn’t by pure chance spent years work­ing at the prob­lem? Are these amaz­ing break­throughs ever achieved except by years and years of unremit­ting study? Of course not. What I said ear­lier about acci­den­tal dis­cov­er­ies must have been wrong.

Monty Python A book at Bed­time 1973

I’ve never met Arthur S Demoulas or Arthur T. Demoulas at least not know­ingly. I know the two sides of the fam­ily appar­ently don’t get along as some­times hap­pens in fam­i­lies and if there are per­sonal issues between the cousins I nei­ther know or am qual­i­fied to set­tle these disputes.

But if you ask me which cousin is more qual­i­fied to run the busi­ness that’s not hard to fig­ure out. The one who has expe­ri­ence

the Demoulas fam­ily mem­ber fac­ing removal is the one whose side of the fam­ily actu­ally works in the fam­ily business.

of many decades:

Arthur T., who has worked at the com­pany for 40 years, argued that he has worked closely with the often con­tentious board over the years to build one of the largest and most suc­cess­ful super­mar­ket com­pa­nies in New Eng­land, with more than 70 stores and 20,000 employees.

knows the customers:

He warmly greeted every mem­ber of the staff and seemed to know many of the cus­tomers too.

“How you doing?” he asked a butcher. “And how’s your wife?”

“She’s almost done with chemo,” the man replied. “We’re hang­ing in there.”

And has not slowed down just because he has a whole lot more money than I do:

Another long-​tenured employee, meat man­ager Steve Burke, 60, said Arthur T. Demoulas has “kept his nose to the grind­stone” even after becom­ing a suc­cess­ful businessman.

Now again I don’t know Arthur S. Demoulas he may be just as dynamic, just as hard work­ing and just as suc­cess­ful in run­ning the busi­ness as his cousin, but let me ask a basic ques­tion: Arthur T. Demoulas has demon­strated the abil­ity to pro­duce a profit in the worst eco­nomic times in our life­time in an indus­try that has a tiny profit mar­gin. How wise is it to replace an expe­ri­enced CEO with hands on famil­iar­ity with a com­pany who has demon­strated suc­cess with some­one less expe­ri­enced in an eco­nomic cli­mate where one foot wrong can put you out of busi­ness in a hurry?

Con­clu­sion:

Shel­don: Hello, Penny. I real­ize you’re cur­rently at the mercy of your prim­i­tive bio­log­i­cal urges, but as you have an entire life­time of poor deci­sions ahead of you, may I inter­rupt this one?

The Big Bang The­ory The Elec­tric Can Opener Fluc­tu­a­tion 2009

One of the first rules I found from being in busi­ness if that there are two con­stant beliefs among peo­ple who have not been involved in it on a daily basis:

1. Your suc­cess, if any, came spon­ta­neously. You just declared your busi­ness open and the cus­tomers, read­ers and lis­ten­ers and adver­tis­ers sim­ply couldn’t wait to give you their business.

2. They likely could run your busi­ness bet­ter than you.

Right now Mar­ket Basket’s share­hold­ers are mak­ing an excel­lent profit, but they think they can do bet­ter. They have the right to make that con­clu­sion and vote accord­ingly but I sub­mit and sug­gest for all the above rea­sons: Debt, Labor and Expe­ri­ence the reten­tion of Arthur T. Demoulas as the man in charge is not only the right thing for the com­pany, it’s the smart thing to do.

And just as the free mar­ket rewards smart moves, it just as quickly pun­ishes fool­ish ones.

Post­script:

The world runs on indi­vid­u­als purs­ing their self interest

Mil­ton Free­man The Phil Don­ahue Show

You might notice in my 2000+ word argu­ment above I didn’t answer the ques­tion I promised yes­ter­day: How is it in my own self inter­est if Mar­ket Bas­ket keeps Arthur T. Demoulas? After all I don’t know the man, none of my fam­ily works there and every sin­gle attempt I’ve made to con­tact the com­pany for adver­tis­ing over the years has been com­pletely ignored despite my reach of my read­er­ship in the state. In fact given that the board has the votes to get rid of Arthur it might seem in my best inter­est to back the other side thus increas­ing my chances of get­ting advertising.

Well there are two basic things:

1. I live in Fitch­burg Mass. The city has come on some very hard times, and although there are other super­mar­kets only a few min­utes away, in Leomin­ster and Lunen­burg. The two Mar­ket Bas­ket are the last super­mar­ket still in Fitch­burg, Vic­tory Mar­kets, Tom’s Food World, Ian­do­lis, Pig­gly Wig­gly and even Save a Lot have all closed and gone away.

If the board of direc­tors makes a fool­ish move and puts the com­pany in jeop­ardy the two Fitch­burg loca­tions, will be in jeop­ardy which means that many fewer entry level jobs for high school and col­lege kids in one of the most depressed area in the state.

2. As you know I make my liv­ing off my read­ers $305 a week for an awful lot of hours. What you likely don’t know is I do almost all of the gro­cery shop­ping for the house. While every­one knows I buy all of my meats at Romano’s Mar­ket I do my gro­cery shop­ping at Mar­ket Basket.

Why? Because even though mul­ti­ple Wal­marts, Adli, Han­nafords and Shaws are all within a 515 minute drive from my home none of them match Mar­ket Basket’s prices and it’s not close.

Let me tell you some­thing. When you’ve started your own busi­ness, empited your retire­ment accounts to keep the bills paid, when you are draw­ing your first pay in 5 years and that “check” its 37% of what you used to make with no ben­e­fits, no retire­ment and totally depen­dent on the mood of your read­ers and when you don’t take a dime in food stamps, you learn in a hurry how to max­i­mize your shop­ping dollars.

So yes I have a bias of self inter­est here. Feel free to adjust your opin­ion of this piece based upon it. in any way you wish.

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I men­tioned yes­ter­day that the stats for Mon­day dic­tated that the best move for me was to lead with Trayvon Mar­ket yesterday.

What a lot of reg­u­lar national read­ers might be sur­prised to hear is my sin­gle most pop­u­lar post yes­ter­day was my post on Mar­ket Bas­ket, in fact though a local story it out­drew all my Trayvon posts combined.

Since the blog is my pri­mary income and since it’s tip jar hits that pays the bills $305 weekly pay­check lets see if the local read­ers can fin­ish the job.

5 read­ers kick­ing in $22 fills DaPay­Check for the week and means Thurs­day, Fri­day and Sat­ur­day are tip jar shak­ing free.

What could be bet­ter than that?

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I’ve already written about why I believe for the Market Basket Chain, keeping Arthur T Demoulas is the right thing now lets briefly talk about why it is the smart thing.

We’ve already established that disputes not withstanding Market Basket remains a successful and profitable business that has provided rich rewards for its owners and its employees but I have absolutely no idea how to run a grocery chain, what business do I have saying to the board of directors of Market Basket that Arthur T. Demoulas is better qualified than Arthur S. Demoulas.  What is the overriding argument that even though Arthur T has run the business with a steady profit that Arthur S wouldn’t do better?  What business do I have in signing a petition in support of Arthur T breaking my rule against signing petitions on any type except for nomination papers for candidates for office?

Well there are several things, lets look at them in order:

1. Debt:

“To have the lowest prices you have to have the lowest costs, that’s only Natural”

Ernie Boch Sr

Anyone who has followed the budget crisis in Washington knows that one big chunk of the budget problem is interest on the existing debt, before you spend a single dollar on any problem or cut a single dollar you have to budget for the interest on the existing debt and if you think it’s bad now wait till the artificially low interest rates go back up

The same goes in business, if you want to make a profit you have to keep costs down. What do the prospective new owners have planned?

His (Arthur T’s) attorney said that those opponents have repeatedly pushed for Market Basket to borrow heavily in order to finance payouts to shareholders of more than $1.5 billion. The company is owned by nine shareholders, all members of the Demoulas family.

The profit margin in a supermarket is not huge, it relies on volume

The average supermarket has a profit margin of about 1 percent, according to Stacey Vanek-Smith of National Public Radio. Some experts suggest this figure might be as high as 3 percent. Either way, supermarkets are a volume business. The extremely thin profit margin in the grocery business comes from the large amount of competition due to the low barrier of entry into the market. Thus, a grocery store must make up for its low margin by selling large quantities of product.

What happens if a big chunk of that profit margin is eaten up in interest payments? Well if you lived in Massachusetts over the last 40 years you might have heard a certain car salesman explain this basic economic fact to you:

If those prices go up, shoppers have plenty of other choices. The supermarket business is highly competitive. Within easy driving distance of the Market Baskets nearest to me there are several Hannafords, A Shaws, A BJ’s and a pair of Walmarts and more.

Market Basket shoppers have plenty of other options in the case of a price increase and if management wants to draw a larger share for themselves AND increase debut at the same time that money has to come from somewhere but where?

2. Labor:

George Washington McLintock: Gave? Boy, you’ve got it all wrong. I don’t give jobs I hire men.

Drago: You intend to give this man a full day’s work, don’tcha boy?

Devlin Warren:
You mean you’re still hirin’ me? Well, yes, sir, I certainly deliver a fair day’s work.

George Washington McLintock:
And for that I’ll pay you a fair day’s wage. You won’t give me anything and I won’t give you anything. We both hold up our heads….

McLintock! 1963

One possibility to make up such money comes from labor, but is that the wisest move? Let’s look at a relevant example.

In an Ironic twist Hostess Twinkees are about to re-appear on the shelves of Market Basket stores this week. The Hostess Company went through a series of bankruptcies and last year a last-ditch effort to save the company as it was voted down by one of their unions. The company was liquidated, the employees let go and the jobs that are now being offered pay considerably less:

He could have applied to get his old job back now that the plant is churning out Twinkies, Zingers and Ding Dongs in preparation for a July 15 return to store shelves. But he said the current starting salary of about $11 an hour, with the chance to bump it to $14, is “a slap in the face.”

“When I left, I was making $16.53 an hour, so I just didn’t see the point,” said Mr. Davis, who worked at the plant for almost 22 years.

How did it eventually get to that point? Well one might credibly argue that the Union demanded too much at the time of the strike

Some former Hostess workers who belonged to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters still blame the baker’s union for the company’s demise.

“We might still have our jobs if they didn’t go on strike in November,” says Scott Quenneville, a former Hostess delivery driver and Teamster in Detroit.

While others can reasonably argue the management was mor interested in their own bonus’ or in keeping agreements they had already made.

The former Hostess’ bakery union shouldered $100 million in labor concessions before being asked to take an immediate 8 percent pay cut last year amid tumbling profits. At the same time, Hostess’ acting CEO exempted his $1.5 million salary from the cuts.

In other words you had unions and management at each others throat. If the unions in days gone by had looked long term deals that were not sustainable might not have been pushed, meanwhile if management had treated the workers as a vital part of the business that provided financial rewards for both, the need for a union might not have existed at all.

At Market Basket that problem doesn’t exist. The company is not only making a solid profit but the non-union employees particularly the ones who have advanced in the company over the years, have gotten a share of it as I mentioned yesterday.

The protesting shareholders have been especially outraged by a profit-sharing plan that they believe has enriched rank-and-file employees at the expense of the family. Indeed, Arthur T. Demoulas proudly declares that some employees retire with well over $1 million in their profit-sharing plans.

and more

In one telling episode, one of the funds in which the profit-sharing money is invested suffered a $46 million quarterly loss during the 2008 financial meltdown. Arthur T. Demoulas says he insisted that the company immediately make up the loss to his employees’ accounts. That enraged his cousins, who maintained that no investment comes without risk.

Now that might seem like a big one time chuck of change and it is, but think about it, how much good will does that buy? How much labor trouble did that prevent?

How much is a workforce like that worth? How many problems and expenses did the company not experience because of this? How many smart people who might have gone on to other better jobs in good economic times stayed because they knew they could advance, make a living and perhaps even retire in some comfort if they stayed where they were? How many times do you think a union rep came down to Market Basket and the old Demoulas and tried to recruit saying “We can do better for you” and were laughed at by employees who could say: “Is your union willing to do for us what Arthur T did?” As one employee put it:

“The man has made a lot of money,” said Burke, a Market Basket employee for 41 years. “But he’s done a lot for the people along the way.”

How much would you pay for a workforce who don’t begrudge or complain about a group of 9 shareholders making a combined $214 million dollars in a horrible economy?

3. Experience:

Could Marconi have invented the radio if he hadn’t by pure chance spent years working at the problem? Are these amazing breakthroughs ever achieved except by years and years of unremitting study? Of course not. What I said earlier about accidental discoveries must have been wrong.

Monty Python A book at Bedtime 1973

I’ve never met Arthur S Demoulas or Arthur T. Demoulas at least not knowingly.  I know the two sides of the family apparently don’t get along as sometimes happens in families and if there are personal issues between the cousins I neither know or am qualified to settle these disputes.

But if you ask me which cousin is more qualified to run the business that’s not hard to figure out.  The one who has experience

the Demoulas family member facing removal is the one whose side of the family actually works in the family business.

of many decades:

Arthur T., who has worked at the company for 40 years, argued that he has worked closely with the often contentious board over the years to build one of the largest and most successful supermarket companies in New England, with more than 70 stores and 20,000 employees.

knows the customers:

He warmly greeted every member of the staff and seemed to know many of the customers too.

“How you doing?” he asked a butcher. “And how’s your wife?”

“She’s almost done with chemo,” the man replied. “We’re hanging in there.”

And has not slowed down just because he has a whole lot more money than I do:

Another long-tenured employee, meat manager Steve Burke, 60, said Arthur T. Demoulas has “kept his nose to the grindstone” even after becoming a successful businessman.

Now again I don’t know Arthur S. Demoulas he may be just as dynamic, just as hard working and just as successful in running the business as his cousin, but let me ask a basic question:  Arthur T. Demoulas has demonstrated the ability to produce a profit in the worst economic times in our lifetime in an industry that has a tiny profit margin.  How wise is it to replace an experienced CEO with hands on familiarity with a company who has demonstrated success with someone less experienced in an economic climate where one foot wrong can put you out of business in a hurry?

Conclusion:

Sheldon:   Hello, Penny. I realize you’re currently at the mercy of your primitive biological urges, but as you have an entire lifetime of poor decisions ahead of you, may I interrupt this one?

The Big Bang Theory  The Electric Can Opener Fluctuation 2009

One of the first rules I found from being in business if that there are two constant beliefs among people who have not been involved in it on a daily basis:

1. Your success, if any, came spontaneously.  You just declared your business open and the customers, readers and listeners and advertisers simply couldn’t wait to give you their business.

2. They likely could run your business better than you.

Right now Market Basket’s shareholders are making an excellent profit, but they think they can do better.  They have the right to make that conclusion and vote accordingly but I submit and suggest for all the above reasons: Debt, Labor and Experience the retention of Arthur T. Demoulas as the man in charge is not only the right thing for the company, it’s the smart thing to do.

And just as the free market rewards smart moves, it just as quickly punishes foolish ones.

Postscript:

The world runs on individuals pursing their self interest

Milton Freeman The Phil Donahue Show

You might notice in my 2000+ word argument above I didn’t answer the question I promised yesterday:  How is it in my own self interest if Market Basket keeps Arthur T. Demoulas?  After all I don’t know the man, none of my family works there and every single attempt I’ve made to contact the company for advertising over the years has been completely ignored despite my reach of my readership in the state.  In fact given that the board has the votes to get rid of Arthur it might seem in my best interest to back the other side thus increasing my chances of getting advertising.

Well there are two basic things:

1.  I live in Fitchburg Mass.  The city has come on some very hard times, and although there are other supermarkets only a few minutes away, in Leominster and Lunenburg.  The two Market Basket are the last supermarket still in Fitchburg, Victory Markets, Tom’s Food World, Iandolis, Piggly Wiggly and even Save a Lot have all closed and gone away.

If the board of directors makes a foolish move and puts the company in jeopardy the two Fitchburg locations, will be in jeopardy which means that many fewer entry level jobs for high school and college kids in one of the most depressed area in the state.

2.  As you know I make my living off my readers $305 a week for an awful lot of hours.  What you likely don’t know is I do almost all of the grocery shopping for the house.  While everyone knows I buy all of my meats at Romano’s Market I do my grocery shopping at Market Basket.

Why?  Because even though multiple Walmarts, Adli, Hannafords and Shaws are all within a 5-15 minute drive from my home none of them match Market Basket’s prices and it’s not close.

Let me tell you something.  When you’ve started your own business, empited your retirement accounts to keep the bills paid, when you are drawing your first pay in 5 years and that “check” its 37% of what you used to make with no benefits, no retirement and totally dependent on the mood of your readers and when you  don’t take a dime in food stamps, you learn in a hurry how to maximize your shopping dollars.

So yes I have a bias of self interest here.  Feel free to adjust your opinion of this piece based upon it. in any way you wish.

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Olimometer 2.52

I mentioned yesterday that the stats for Monday dictated that the best move for me was to lead with Trayvon Market yesterday.

What a lot of regular national readers might be surprised to hear is my single most popular post yesterday was my post on Market Basket, in fact though a local story it outdrew all my Trayvon posts combined.

Since the blog is my primary income and since it’s tip jar hits that pays the bills $305 weekly paycheck lets see if the local readers can finish the job.

5 readers kicking in $22 fills DaPayCheck for the week and means Thursday, Friday and Saturday are tip jar shaking free.

What could be better than that?

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