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Mark Lade 
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Re: “Burlington Presents Downtown Parking Perks for the Holidays

I don't think anyone should resign but how has that PAC funded vote turned out so far? There's a razed section of downtown Burlington with no indication it will ever become anything and a coy developer not answering questions who seems more concerned with tracking down $29K from some hillbilly in Arkansas than pouring a foundation for his super project. Parking is a bigger mess now that there are hundreds of fewer spots but hey, limited "free" parking is an excellent trade off so I guess everything worked out great for everyone.

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Posted by Mark Lade on 12/04/2018 at 7:57 AM

Re: “To Tip or Not to Tip, to Post or Not to Post? Monarch & the Milkweed Stirs Controversy

Waiters and waitresses are not entitled to tips. They are required to earn minimum wage and if the amount they are tipped does not meet minimum wage for the week then the employer has to make up the difference. At least that is how it was when I waited tables.

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Posted by Mark Lade on 11/26/2018 at 11:03 AM

Re: “To Tip or Not to Tip, to Post or Not to Post? Monarch & the Milkweed Stirs Controversy

Why is the waiter entitled to a tip? I say this as someone who waited tables. Frankly, I think the concept of tipping as part of the salary is ridiculous but that is a different conversation. Yes, the birthday person is a brat but who knows if that note tells the entire story. Maybe the waiter/ess was a jerk and the note was left as a way to bother them. Maybe the waiter/ess did everything right except noticing the customer's birthday. One never knows what is going to trigger getting stiffed or over-tipped. It's part of the deal when you wait tables and as I said, it evens out over time. Feeling entitled to a tip based on the amount of the bill is the same type of entitlement the birthday person felt in wanting everyone to celebrate his/her birthday.

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Posted by Mark Lade on 11/26/2018 at 9:02 AM

Re: “To Tip or Not to Tip, to Post or Not to Post? Monarch & the Milkweed Stirs Controversy

This tip debate always makes its way into print around the Christmas/holiday season. I worked in a restaurant for tips for long time when I was younger. I always found that for every $50 check with no tip or $100 check with a 10% tip I got a $10 tip on a $20 check or a $50 tip on a $150 check. It all evens out over the course of a night, week, month.

22 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Mark Lade on 11/26/2018 at 8:23 AM

Re: “Uprooted: Burlington Farmers Market Seeks a New Home

The farmers market can stand to be trimmed a little. It has been infiltrated with expensive art, weird products like chaga tea and liquor, and goofballs using it popularity to make political points. Trim some of the fat and get back to being a farmers market.

PS--the same can be said for the writing of this article. Trim some of the fat and deliver the story.

8 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by Mark Lade on 11/02/2018 at 7:01 AM

Re: “Arkansas Man Gets Probation for Scamming Developer Don Sinex

Michael Marshall, 61, better watch out. Sinex is capable of leaving a smoldering hole in the middle of Mena. Everyone is lucky he only destroyed Christmas for his employees as a show of what happens if you cross Don Sinex.

15 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Mark Lade on 10/23/2018 at 8:22 AM

Re: “Developer Has Not Sought Foundation Permit for Massive Burlington Project

There was some funny stuff regarding the timing of that election and in how quickly Miro got it on the ballot and if I recall, during a month where voter turnout is typically lower. There were several somewhat shady dealings with the mall vote and I would definitely say Miro pushed it through.

35 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by Mark Lade on 10/10/2018 at 11:49 AM

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