Liberals shocked as fast-food workers lose their jobs because of $20 minimum wage

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Liberal good intentions often create real hardship for the people they are claiming to help.

Liberals’ desire to help the homeless results in poop-covered streets.

And now California liberals cost thousands of fast-food workers their jobs when they inflicted a $20-an-hour minimum wage on the state.

More CA businesses go under thanks to new minimum wage law

Yet another small business in California has suffered at the hands of the newly implemented $20 minimum wage law.

Former assistant general manager at Foster Freeze in Lemoore, Monica Navarro, said, “It’s a shock” when speaking to FOX Business.

“It would have been nice to have a notice, so we could go get some applications [out], I could prepare them. The best I can do is honestly give them some references,” she said.

Navarro and her coworkers learned that the restaurant owner decided to close its doors for good after they arrived at work on Monday morning.

Owner Loren Wright told local Fox affiliate KMPH that it was the “last thing” they wanted to do, but they knew by the Friday prior that their business wouldn’t be able to handle the new wage hike and did not want to “ruin” their employees’ “Easter Sunday.”

The statewide legislation now enforces a $20-per-hour minimum wage for restaurants that have at least 60 locations across the country, except for those that make and sell their own bread.

According to Navarro, “Two of my coworkers were actually going in to clock in for the morning. And right after that, that’s when I got a phone call that we were closing. So they found out right as they were about to clock in for the day.”

One of her colleagues told a local news outlet, “We had gotten a text in the group that we were shutting down, and I completely thought it was an April Fool’s joke.”

Navarro said that Foster Freeze’s owner “did blame it on the minimum wage increase,” although she thought they were “exempt from it because of the amount of locations that he personally owns. But, he did ultimately blame it on that increase.”

More local businesses are closing

Navarro conceded that she doesn’t think the new minimum wage law “will attract more people” to work at restaurants.

She also said her company was “not the first” business that closed.

“There’s already a few local businesses for me that are closing, so I feel like this is just only the beginning,” she added.

When speaking on behalf of herself and her newly unemployed colleagues, Navarro said she would have preferred working for a lower hourly wage than being laid off.

“From the people that I spoke to, my employees, we would have rather stayed at the wage that we did have before, just because now we don’t have a job. And those who are still working in the areas around us that went up to $20 an hour, they got their hours severely cut. And it’s a lot less people working on shift. So their jobs got a lot more difficult,” she said.

Informed American will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.