Once Upon A Time, There Was A Retail Store Where The Owner Wasn’t A Selfish Person. True Story.

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Here's a small-business owner who gets it: Raising the minimum wage is about fairness and people being able to just live.

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Jim: We are on our feet so much of the day. This is how we get around. This is what we do. You know, you need something good to work in. You will need something good to stand in, to walk in, to run in. We need good shoes. Whether people have uncomfortable feet or uncomfortable jobs, I like to make things more comfortable. It's a good feeling for us all to make people happy.

My dad opened the store in 1914. When I was a kid I'd come in and worked in the stock room. I enjoyed it. And I gradually took it over and in the last 40 years I've been running it alone and it's been a lot of fun.

We have about a hundred people who work for us full-time. I can name every one of them as you go along. Nancy, she's been here for 35 years. Don has been here for 25 years. Chris's been here for 25 years. Lucy's been here for 25 years. Sharon's been here for 28 years, I guess. Sarah's new. She's only been with us for five years, but it's just all good people.

The people who make our company run are associates. They take wonderful care of the customers. They're knowledgeable. They work hard. They take pride in their work. You want to keep these people. You want them to enjoy their work. To feel good about coming to work in the morning.

I'm doing fine. How are you?

When I was a kid, America was definitely committed to ... and that concern for other people seems to be missing today in our corporate culture. And we've got to change that. We should pay people enough to live on comfortably, educate their kids, to bring up their kids. You know, it's time we raised the minimum wage. Our country needs it. People making minimum wage who get a raise spend every nickel they get. It's going to go back in the economy. It's going to help create jobs. It's what we need to do.

Customer: Take Care!

Jim: I will and you do the same. And run fast.

My name is Jim Wellihan [SP]. I'm a small business owner in Maine and I fully support raising the minimum wage.

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