Stimulus Checks May Force Some Businesses to Close
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- Stimulus checks are designed to provide a needed boost to the economy, but are they causing more people leave their current jobs?
Understaffed and overworked.
“We’ve had people here that were here 13 years and they quit and all of a sudden I can’t get help over here” said General Manager of the Broad Street Subway Misti Brown.
Brown had to close her business Tuesday after she and her shift manager Tracy Morrisey were the only two people to show up for work.
“It’s been really hard” said Morrisey. “Nobody wants to come to work. I guess they got their stimulus checks and just don’t want to come to work.”
That pushed Misti and Tracey to the brink.
“It’s just been me and her working” said Morrisey. “We can’t find any decent help.”
Tennessee issues a maximum $275 dollars a week to unemployment beneficiaries.
The federal government passed out $300 dollars weekly checks up until March 14th.
Mix that in with 14 hundred dollar stimulus checks and tax season, and it makes it virtually impossible for the hourly rate at local businesses to compete.
“We’re having a really hard time through the pandemic finding help” said manager of Hillbilly Willy’s George Foster.
Hillbilly Willy’s in Lookout Valley closed their restaurant twice in just over a week.
Foster says a skeleton crew can impact a restaurants selection.
“You have to start cutting things from your menu” said Foster.
A business that thrived for 15 years is now struggling to stay afloat.
“Just trying to survive and wait for the government to quit giving handouts to people that would rather be at home” said Foster.