Published on: March 19, 2018by Kevin Coupe
The Washington Post has a story about how a French baker got a rise out of authorities when he decided to do something radical - he didn’t take a vacation.
According to the story, “Cedric Vaivre, who owns a bakery in the tourist region of Lake Bakey in Lusigny-sur-Barse, which is about 120 miles south-east of Paris,” got hit with the equivalent of a $3600 fine for working too much.
The reason? He worked seven days a week during the summer making croissants and baguettes, when “local labor laws state that small businesses can only work six out of seven days maximum.”
While the laws are there to protect labor from having to work seven days a week, there are those in the area - including some 500 who have signed a petition supporting Vaivre’s right to work seven days a week - who think that there is no reason to prevent business owners from working as much as they want.
And Christian Branle, the town’s mayor, told local journalists that “these kind of laws are killing our businesses. You have to show some common sense if you’re a small rural community in an area where there is not a lot of competition.”
Interesting story. Sort of a funny problem to have in 2018. And certainly an Eye-Opener.
C’est la vie.
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