Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for August 21, 2022

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    BE THIS GUY  almost 2 years ago

    Maybe the inflation will make it hard for their parents to support them, which will make them look for work, which will decrease inflation, which will make it easier for their parents to support them, which will mean they can stop working…

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    BasilBruce  almost 2 years ago

    Whether it works or not, at least the cafe loafers will be gone.

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    ronaldspence  almost 2 years ago

    oh if it were that simple…

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    Edd   almost 2 years ago

    how did he not get beat up

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    sirbadger  almost 2 years ago

    Most Starbucks customers have jobs. They have money and they are trying to wake up for work.

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    salakfarm Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    Rat for senator from anywhere.

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    Bilan  almost 2 years ago

    They’re not loafers per se. They have job, but they’re telling their bosses they’re WFH.

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    syzygy47  almost 2 years ago

    The old saw, when you point a finger, you have four more pointed at yourself.

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    Doug K  almost 2 years ago

    “So let it be said, so let it be done.”

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    Gent  almost 2 years ago

    What rat say not make sense. If they is cafe loafers it means they has too much money to spend by sit around there loafing. Then why they go to work?

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    Yontrop  almost 2 years ago

    Labor shortage causing inflation… oh yes all those dang overpaid workers. /s

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    iggyman  almost 2 years ago

    The folks in the local Starbucks are either going to work, college students on their laptops, or folks taking a break from shopping, shoots down your theory, Rat !

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    Ignatz Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    If they’re spending $4.00 for a cup of coffee, they don’t need a job,

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    Ignatz Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    If the supply of labor is low, the cost of labor goes up. You have to pay them more.

    And the prices don’t go down when the payroll does, so why must it increase when the payroll does?

    It’s amazing that “capitalists” don’t seem to grasp this.

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    Ellis97  almost 2 years ago

    Why don’t you get a job, Rat?

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    Call me Ishmael  almost 2 years ago

    Inflation is worldwide and largely driven by Putin’s war. “We” are 5% of humanity. “We” can’t even get half of “us” to believe the globe is warming, that some women will die without abortions, that every child should be vaccinated, etc., etc., ad nauseam. Starbucks is a refuge in a nation of idiots, which will probably never recover from the self-inflicted wound of 2016.

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    eric_harris_76  almost 2 years ago

    Looks like a certain NYT columnist who used to be an economist has come competition.

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    Brass Orchid Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    The least appetizing repast may be vastly improved by a greater hunger.

    Nobody is going hungry.

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    Count Olaf Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    Bwaaa haaaa haaaaa!!! The Count could not have said it better, himself. Let the Ministry of Truth crank up the misinformation mill and spew out the SOS blaming all our Nation’s troubles on Climate Change, Trump and White Supremacists. Let’s hear it, Pod People!

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    IshkaBibel1  almost 2 years ago

    Product cost has only a secondary effect on price. Supply and demand rule.

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    Chithing Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    I wonder if Thom Mcan sells café loafers.

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    Goat from PBS  almost 2 years ago

    Maybe they HAVE jobs, Rat, and are on their lunch break.

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    some idiot from R'lyeh Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    1. There’s no labor shortage.

    2. What happens to the people who sell coffee?

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    GeorgeWhite  almost 2 years ago

    Except that is a bogus explanation of what causes inflation, at any time and under any circumstance. Inflation is caused by government printing and distributing freshly minted dollars, and nothing else.

    Rising prices of any good or service is a reaction to that inflation.

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    Rev Phnk Ey  almost 2 years ago

    If Buck ever appears before that judge, he will get the book thrown at him.

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    Radish the wordsmith  almost 2 years ago

    This guy came into Starbucks alone and didn’t look at his phone or write anything down, he had no one to talk to.

    He just sat there drinking coffee, like a psychopath.

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    bhamdodger  almost 2 years ago

    How can you live without money?

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    klapre  almost 2 years ago

    He should have gone out to all the street intersections where the lazy people are pretending to be homeless and beg for money. Tell them to walk into any store and they will be hired. But they don’t want to work. I know; I’ve talked with them. Sad!

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    Zebrastripes  almost 2 years ago

    This generation needs a reality check…and I don’t mean reality shows…that’s the problem…

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    Otis Rufus Driftwood  almost 2 years ago

    Some people could tell Rat the same thing. But I will say the labor shortage, whether it is organic to our economic conditions or artificial because of different actions, is a grind to some of us who have stayed in the labor force and stuck it out. In the call center where I work, we are still short people and so is the industry where most of our calls come as our company provides vital support to them. The result is that we have been backed up in our work, and some of those we speak to at either impatient or don’t quite have the best communication skills. I guess in my case if more people were working, our own activities at my company would be more manageable.

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    cats_in_bowties  almost 2 years ago

    I liked it better when the strip was mad at CEOs the other week.

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    hooglah  almost 2 years ago

    No problem. the government is sending another check to buy more votes.

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    jth4510  almost 2 years ago

    Here it comes

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    leons1701  almost 2 years ago

    The funny thing about this is, the majority of people you see hanging out in Starbucks HAVE jobs, otherwise they wouldn’t be able to afford Starbucks. Sure, there’s a few just hanging around for the free wi-fi, but most just have schedules that allow them time to hang out there while people who still think of jobs solely in terms of 9-5 M-F assume they must not work.

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    Ren Rodee  almost 2 years ago

    What about the Audi shortage? I want an Audi but can’t get one for the amount I want to pay!

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    whelan_jj  almost 2 years ago

    Inflation is always caused by government spending.

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    zeexenon  almost 2 years ago

    Starbuns? No thank you.

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    rm8ty  almost 2 years ago

    Problem solved for the NE courtesy of Greg Abbott. Plenty of workers there now looking for jobs.

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    raybarb44  almost 2 years ago

    Appreciate the help….

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    Eric S   almost 2 years ago

    wrong place. This is what happens when you keep sending stimulus packages willy nilly. Laziness abounds. People would rather keep collecting those checks or beg on street corners.

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    Eric S   almost 2 years ago

    Today I noticed that Stephen Pastis is using Copy / Paste a LOT .. look at Rat in panels 2, 3, and 4.. he’s the same. Weird thing is, goat is not copied.

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    wjbillthompson  almost 2 years ago

    Never stepping inside union-busting starbucks again.

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    catmother1964  almost 2 years ago

    Not sure that solved the problem.

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    moondog42 Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    Joke’s on Rat, most of those people ARE working at their jobs

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    daisypekin01  almost 2 years ago

    if only…..

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    ltpete  almost 2 years ago

    Rat: the inner person may wish to be… LOL

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    willie_mctell  almost 2 years ago

    I’ve ignored rats before and will probably do it again.

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    John Jorgensen  almost 2 years ago

    Inflation’s not defined by high wages, it’s defined by high prices. Prices are set by the owners of the means of production. Wages are what alienated workers get in lieu of a share of ownership of the means of production. Lower wages won’t drive down prices. Since workers and consumers are largely the same people, low wages will make inflation far more painful.

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    The Waffles are my friends  almost 2 years ago

    I have a marvelous idea. A final solution to the problem of café loafers. We go through all the cafés in the country, and spread pamphlets explaining how it’s better to 1: buy and brew your own coffee/tea at home (I recommend Mystic Monk Coffee), and 2: get off your @$$ and go get a job.

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    beady.el  almost 2 years ago

    I always wear my cafe loafers when I go out for coffee…

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    Realimaginary1 Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    Okay, Pooper!

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    Buoy  almost 2 years ago

    It’s so impressive how many experts there are in the comments section!

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    aerotica69  almost 2 years ago

    Rat’s message is anathema to children of the Cheers and Friends era.

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    Ukko wilko  almost 2 years ago

    Stop paying them not to work… problem solved.

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    Sisyphos  almost 2 years ago

    Not so sure Rat has solved the problem, but I do like his approach!

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