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JUSTICERepublican nominee for governor of Minnesota Tom Emmer supports “tip credit,” the policy of most states of a lower minimum wage for waiters because they make tips, but he made the mistake of saying waiters are making $100,000 a year in tips and hurting their employers. That angered waiters and such, so he had to hold a town hall meeting for them. And some guy wearing a messenger bag came up and dropped an NPR tote full of 2,000 pennies in front of the guy.

The smug look and then pennies happen at 0:35 or so in this video:

Haha, hockey! Nice comeback. Hockey players are best known for never jumping.

The pennies were supposed to be a “tip” for Emmer, don’t you see? No you probably don’t. What?

Yes, this doesn’t make a lot of sense, but it is generally a fun idea to dump 20 bucks worth of change in front of your nearest politician. This should be a YouTube meme. This should be the new bro icing.

Can you imagine dumping a bag of pennies on, say, Daniel Inouye? Yes, as that is a video that will appear on the Wonkette YouTube account next week. “Hey Coinstar, eat my pennies!” Hah. [TPM]

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  1. Most politicians are only used to getting bags full of lobbyist cash dumped on them, not bags of pennies, no wonder Emmer was so surprised.

  2. What happens when Republicans are threatened with pennies? They think they’re from heaven and run away. Its almost as bad as holy water.

  3. Emmer also seemed upset in his original quote that waiters might be making more money than their employers: “With the tips that they get to take home, there are some that are earning over $100,000 a year — more than the very people that are providing the jobs and investing not only their life savings but their family’s future. Something has to be done about that.”

    Clearly this violation of the orderly universe that The LORD set in motion some 6,000 years ago cannot be allowed to continue, lest dogs and cats start gamboling about together, banks stop fining people for being overcharged and rivers flow uphill. Don’t the people of Minnesota knoww what chaos awaits if things aren’t put right soon?!

  4. What restaurants is Tom Emmer eating at? When I waited tables, people were making like 35k a year at the most.

  5. [re=618232]MarieDeGournay[/re]: Good point. Emmer going to be unknowingly ingesting a lot of ‘special sauce’ over the next few years.

  6. Beating Tom (I’m more of an asshole than Tim Pawlenty) Emmer in this election should be a no brainer for Democrats but, you know, they’re Democrats.

  7. [re=618223]SayItWithWookies[/re]: I always like how, in wingnut land, it’s the people who just sign the checks who are “providing the jobs”, while folks who do the actual work are described as undeserving leeches who should be happy for whatever scraps of money they get.

  8. sufficiently large bags of pennies dropped from sufficient heights on sufficiently selected politicians and media figures would be sufficiently significant investments. unemployed people could be hired to clean up the blood and brains, and they could keep the pennies as a tip.

  9. The fact that Tom Emmer held his town hall meeting the Ol’ Mexico Restaurante & Cantina [sic] further ups the asshole ante of his kitchen staff cum garnish-inviting comments.

    Dude’s lucky Garrison Keillor didn’t dump $2000 worth of pesos on his head instead.

  10. I like the way he’s picked up the Palin fake Minnesota accent. Probably been studying Marge Gunderson tapes. But seriously folks, I hope to see this scumbag slink back to whatever backward cesspit he crept out of so the good people of the the peoples republic of Minnesota can get to work cleaning up the slimy mess created by Timmy (wrapped in a flag and burning the cross) Pawlenty.

  11. Really, if my waiter is making over $100,000.00 a year, he should tip me.

    And if the waiter is doing that well, I’m pretty sure the restaurant is paying him over minimum wage for the service he is providing. Although maybe there is someone working at a Denny’s that is bringing in that kind of dough. In which case, I am glad that the Republican Party wants to sock it to him. We cannot have just anyone qualify for tax breaks for the rich.

  12. [re=618239]JMP[/re]: What’s really stunning is that there are working-class voters who agree with that shit. If that’s not testament to the failure of our education system, I don’t know what is.

  13. He can use those pennies.

    You just know he’s the type who regularly complains about the service, sends his steak back, and leaves a couple o’ pennies for tips. “That’ll show ’em”

  14. [re=618223]SayItWithWookies[/re]: If the money goes to the people actually doing the work, something is terribly, terribly wrong. It’s, like, communism or something. Or maybe fascism. One of those.

  15. [re=618249]Extemporanus[/re]: Or $20 worth of pesos, which is what I meant to los typos.

    (I mean, seriously, does $2000 worth of pesos even actually exist? Haha, not amongst my lazy stable of illegals!)

  16. [re=618252]Lionel Hutz Esq.[/re]: The big scandal here is that this fucker apparently knows about a restaurant whose waiters take home $100k+ a year, and he’s not telling me where it is and who I have to blow to get a job there.

  17. [re=618235]Scarab[/re]: The thought of Tom Emmer eating one of the many special sauces to be concocted by the ingenious food service workers of Minnesota lightened my mood considerably. Thank you.

  18. I’d just like to take a moment to dump a bag of pennies on all of your heads in recognition of the fact that you had the good sense to avoiding making a “Heh heh, that’s not change we can believe in! Hengghhh?!” joke.

    In some small, sad way, this feels like the end of an era.

    “Ch-ch-ch-ch-chaaanges!”

  19. [re=618270]JMP[/re]: He will be showing signs of the Palin hookworm condition within days of making these stupid fat pig elitist comments.

  20. Right Idea; Wrong Delivery.

    Remember in “Pat Garret & Billy the Kid” — by the Immortal Sam Peckinpah — when Kris Kristofferson blasts the jailer with a double barrel shotgun loaded with dimes? (At least, I think it was dimes.)

    [Neilist: Whatever the subject, he can bring it back to firearms. It’s a GIFT!]

  21. [re=618262]Cicada[/re]: It’s redistribution of wealth — which is evil and which never happens in the other direction when the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.

  22. [re=618223]SayItWithWookies[/re]: all that emmer was saying was that the employers should be getting the tip money , thereby stopping these welfare grifter waiters from leeching off of them … $100,000.00 x number of waiters employed would make millionaires out of the more deserving employers . also , waiters are the slave-owners and the employers are the slaves , doing all the real work . gotta change all that . ties in w what bachman has been lying about – obama’s enslaving the whites . we want our country back . AND we want our tips back . lockstep from moral trash , like a busby berkley extravaganza

  23. [re=618220]Tommmcatt[/re]: Am I a bad breeder for not knowing what it is? Come on, someone enlighten us, teach us the language of the douche here. I’m on the edge of my seat.

  24. Let’s see. Fat? Check. Chubby cheeks? Check. American flag lapel pin? Roger. Slicked-back greying hair? Yup. Displays shit-eating, pink-cheeked grin while average voter complains about economy and assclownish GOP tactics? 10-4. Must be a Republican.

  25. I don’t think that woman at the beginning of the video needed to remind him that Minnesota is not Arizona. I’ll go out on a limb here and say that even this retard couldn’t be that stupid.

  26. Eating ‘special sauce’ is just good training for when he starts eating shit from lobbyists.

    And in all fairness, the video stops before he picks up that contribution.

  27. [re=618252]Lionel Hutz Esq.[/re]: I had a friend who made over 100K per year as a waiter, and worked in a state with “tip credit” as well. However, he worked at the most expensive restaurant in the entire city and his customers were frequently A-list celebrities. So it’s possible to make that much, but I’m sure a fraction of a percentage point of waiters actually do it.

  28. [re=618350]rmjag[/re]: Indeed, I would advise him to avoid cream sauces, as well. In fact, maybe he just shouldn’t eat out at all for a while; except maybe for buffets, I understand those buffets are popular up there, and they’re very reasonable, too.

  29. [re=618371]Prommie[/re]: He might be safe going to another state, far enough that waiters won’t know who he is. Maybe fast food places, at least ones where he can see the food being assembled.

    Other advice: if he goes to a bar, he should order nothing but bottled bear. And carry it with him to the bathroom.

  30. No one has coughed up the meaning of bro icing yet? Then let us mark my first comment here as a giant embarrassment:

    Bro icing is a prank in which one bro will hide a Smirnoff Ice then trick another bro into finding said beverage. When the sorry fuck who finds the Ice must get down on one knee immediately and chug it. There is probably some bro-chant involved but I was drunk on mango-chili margaritas when I had this explained to me.

  31. I was reading “penises” instead of pennies for literally the entire article until the “$20 in change part” at which point I wondered, “where did this guy find such cheap dildos?”

    I mean, we’re always going on about giving politicians salty bags of dicks! I thought it may have finally happened…Perhaps I need to take a break from my Wonkette until I stop seeing penises everywhere…

  32. [re=618371]Prommie[/re]: he should avoid any food that could disguise any type of body waste . waiters are clever and hopefully have no morals ……

  33. Guys like Emmer prove what hypocrites Republicans are about supporting the free market. Whenever *they* start losing at it, they suddenly want the gubmint to step in and do something about it.

  34. Emmer is the Republican candidate because he was slicker than his competitors, which boggles the mind. Sort of like being the smartest hammer in the entire box.

  35. This is part and parcel of Emmer’s other crusade: to abolish the minimum wage. He says people will earn more money if there’s no minimum wage, because that’ll motivate them to work harder.

    Minnesota GOCrazies. I blame the five-month brain freeze.

  36. [re=618444]Oh hell to the no[/re]: let’s send emmer a freebie to one of those places , and tell the waiters he is coming … ” Oui monsieur emmert yur highness , the most delicious dessert would be our Dirty Sanchez , try it . we insist “

  37. [re=618382]Hilacious[/re]: A few key details necessary to fill in the true idiocy of this phenomenon:
    1) Said Smirnoff Ice must be WARM.
    2) The broseph or brohem presented with the Smirnoff Ice only has to take a knee and chug if he doesn’t have another Ice on him. If he does, *you* have to take a knee and chug both the one you tried to give him and the one he had on him, back-to-back.

    That said, I looked through the Civil Practice Laws and Rules and, at least here in New York, it’s still perfectly legal to walk away from someone who hands you a Smirnoff Ice without drinking it or handing him one or doing anything but looking at him strangely and asking him what the fuck his problem is. Proof that I am (sigh) teh oldz.

  38. Now I am pissed off that all my co-workers were making $100,000 while I made so little all those years ago. Of course, that may be because I was a horrible waiter. I remember I only pulled in around $24000, and all of my sales were taxed at 8% by the Dee Cee Goberment. Marion Barry used my pennies to buy himself a few rocks.

  39. “I’m very sorry the government taxes their tips, that’s f88ked up. That ain’t my fault. It would seem to me that waitresses are one of the many groups the government f88ks in the a88 on a regular basis. Look, if you ask me to sign something that says the government shouldn’t do that, I’ll sign it, put it to a vote, I’ll vote for it, but what I won’t do is play ball. And as for this non-college bullshit I got two words for that: learn to f88kin’ type, ’cause if you’re expecting me to help out with the rent you’re in for a big f88kin’ surprise.”

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