Science fiction/horror bookstore and frequent Io9 meetup location, Borderlands Books, will be shutting its doors at the end of March. It's always sad to see a neighborhood institution shutter - especially a bookstore, of which San Francisco has few left. But it's even sadder when a little guy, like an independent bookstore, has to lash out at other little guys on the way out.
Borderlands' main reason for closing, after the usual "blame Amazon" tirade, is the minimum wage hike to $12.25 an hour by May and $15 an hour by 2018. According to their statement "Borderlands Books as it exists is not a financially viable business if subject to that minimum wage." Boo frakking hoo. If Borderlands is asking me to feel bad because I and 77% of San Francisco voters decided to make life a little more bearable for the thousands of people in this city making minimum wage it's not going to work.
I can admit the minimum wage hike is going to hurt some businesses and a subset of those are going to close. That is kind of too bad. But it's really petulant for a business to say it out loud as some kind of political statement or rallying cry. Lashing out against the working poor isn't going to warm me up to your plight. It's just going to remind me that no good fortune is made without exploitation. You had a good 18 years to figure out how to make a profit and pay your workers fairly, Borderlands. You should have gone out with some dignity.