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Owner Michel Malecot and manager Richard Kauffmann of the La Jolla restaurant French Gourmet were sentenced in federal court today (Dec. 22) to probation and fines for knowingly employing more than ten undocumented aliens over a one-year period.

Malecot got five years of probation and will have to pay the restaurant's financial penalty of $396,575, according to the U.S. attorney's office. Kauffmann was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay $2,500.

Malecot admitted in his guilty plea that at least 91 aliens were unlawfully employed at his restaurant between 2005 and 2008.

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Visduh Dec. 22, 2011 @ 5:29 p.m.

One can only wonder just how that business is faring without its supply of illegal labor. How does he cope? Or does he? What in the world will he do if he has to pay something like local prevailing wages to all those who produce his gourmet delights?

In a larger sense, why was this business selected for such enforcement, when there are many, many, many more in the county who do the same thing and never get even noticed? Makes ya' wondah, doesn't it? If it doesn't, it should.

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Don Bauder Dec. 22, 2011 @ 8:29 p.m.

No question this is a case of selective enforcement. How about going after growers who hire the illegals? Best, Don Bauder

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Ponzi Dec. 22, 2011 @ 6:54 p.m.

How true Visduh... like almost every taco stand in town.

It’s been going on a long time. I worked for a local computer company in Solana Beach in the 1980’s. When the INS (as it was once called) showed up, dozens of illegals would yell “La Migra!” and they would run out of the manufacturing plant and climb over the fences and run away to hide. It was actually comical because 95% of them were back to work the next day.

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Don Bauder Dec. 22, 2011 @ 8:31 p.m.

At that time, the illegals were doing work Americans wouldn't do. That may still be true, but immigration is down, legal and illegal, because of the lack of jobs. Best, Don Bauder

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SurfPuppy619 Dec. 22, 2011 @ 8:42 p.m.

4.At that time, the illegals were doing work Americans wouldn't do. == Baloeny, there is NO job in America that Americans won't do, this si the land of the free and opportunity.

If you want Americans to do a job you need to pay the market wage-the ONLY reasons illegals are getting work is b/c the employers won't pay a market wage. Exploiting illegals and Americans.

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Don Bauder Dec. 22, 2011 @ 8:47 p.m.

Good point. But I did say AT THAT TIME (the 1980s). Americans are hungrier now and don't look down their long noses at low-paying jobs. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Dec. 23, 2011 @ 9:31 a.m.

Some gourmands say that if you must have fast food, the burgers are better at In and Out. I can't confirm that, because I seldom eat at fast food places. My wife and I say we will never eat at McDonald's, Wendy's, or Burger King again, because of dreadful food the last time we ate at each. Best, Don Bauder

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Visduh Dec. 23, 2011 @ 8:58 p.m.

Another operation that employs personable and eager-to-please caucasian help is Chick-Fil-A. It is most interesting because the stores that I've encountered are closed on Sunday. But the rest of the time, they are very busy. Prices run on the high side, but the quality is superior.

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Dave Stewart Dec. 27, 2011 @ 8:37 a.m.

All Chick-Fil-A locations are closed on Sundays. Contrary to popular belief, it has nothing to do with the founder's religious beliefs. "He believes that all franchised Chick-fil-A Operators and their Restaurant employees should have an opportunity to rest, spend time with family and friends". Always been that way.

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Ponzi Dec. 27, 2011 @ 12:20 p.m.

Sorry, but this is a statement from the management of Chick-Fil-A:

Cathy’s practice of closing his restaurants on Sunday is unique to the restaurant business and a testament to his faith in God. Within the first week of business at his Dwarf Grill restaurant in Hapeville, Ga. more than 60 years ago, Cathy knew that he would not deal with money on the “Lord’s Day.” Today, the Closed-on-Sunday policy is reflected in the company’s Corporate Purpose:

To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us.

To have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A. Cathy believes that being closed on Sunday says two important things to people: One, that there must be something special about the way Chick-fil-A people view their spiritual life and, two, that there must be something special about how Chick-fil-A feels about its people.

Cathy believes that by giving employees Sunday off as a day for family, worship, fellowship or rest, the company attracts quality people. And people, Cathy says, are the cornerstone of all that Chick-fil-A does as a chain. Chick-fil-A has the opportunity to attract individuals who want to be associated with an organization with a values-based vision, that is purpose-driven and that truly values a balance between work and family.


Clearly, it is fundamentally about the founders religious beliefs.

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Dave Stewart Dec. 27, 2011 @ 1:06 p.m.

sorry but my quote came straight from the Chick-fil-A corporate website.

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Don Bauder Dec. 29, 2011 @ 7:13 a.m.

Sounds like the company has to get its story straight. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Dec. 29, 2011 @ 7:11 a.m.

It might be a marketing gimmick to play to the fundamentalist market. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Dec. 29, 2011 @ 7:08 a.m.

Never been in a Chick-Fil-A. I believe it is based in the South. It also sponsors a football bowl game Dec. 31. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Dec. 23, 2011 @ 9:32 a.m.

Cutbacks in social programs have been a factor. Best, Don Bauder

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SurfPuppy619 Dec. 22, 2011 @ 8:34 p.m.

In a larger sense, why was this business selected for such enforcement, when there are many, many, many more in the county who do the same thing and never get even noticed? Makes ya' wondah, doesn't it? If it doesn't, it should. == Well, at least they caught two law breakers, which is two more than the number of convictions of Wall Street scammers who have basically caused a global meltdown of the entire planet.

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Don Bauder Dec. 22, 2011 @ 8:50 p.m.

True. The Wall Streeters skated and after a brief break began raking in fat bonuses as if nothing had happened. Countrywide, Washington Mutual, Lehman, ad nauseam -- there were plenty of possibilities for criminal prosecutions. Best, Don Bauder

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Twister Dec. 22, 2011 @ 9:15 p.m.

Gringo (and an increasing number of Mexican-American) laborers are, generally speaking, nothing but trouble--lazy, dishonest, skill-less, and dumb. Mexicans are hard workers, honest, multi-skilled, and intelligent. There are significant exceptions, but this is generally true. I always paid at least double the minimum wage, often far more, based on ability and productivity, and I always treated them with respect.

Even though I was a gringo laborer in my early years (cotton-picker, crop hoer, shit-shoveler, slaughter-house worker, construction worker, and all-around hand), I wouldn't hire me today over a Mexican country-boy. I worked with Mexicans, and learned to like and respect them very much--yes, more than most of my fellow gringos.

U.S. citizens, including many of Mexican descent, do not want to work hard or get dirty. Yes, there are exceptions, but I can't fish them out of a labor pool without "profiling" them. Give me a Mexican any day.

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Don Bauder Dec. 23, 2011 @ 9:51 a.m.

We have plenty of corruption and crime on this side of the border. You can't blame Mexico for Wall Street being a sea of mendacity. Best, Don Bauder

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Dave Stewart Dec. 27, 2011 @ 8:42 a.m.

And apparently, you are a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to her own opinions and prejudices, someone who regards or treats the members of a specific ethnic group with hatred and intolerance.

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Don Bauder Dec. 27, 2011 @ 11:40 a.m.

Isn't everybody out for what they can get? Isn't ours a society devoid of altruism, wallowing in greed? Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Dec. 23, 2011 @ 9:49 a.m.

We don't have any shit-shovelers on this blog. Best, Don Bauder

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SurfPuppy619 Dec. 23, 2011 @ 9:57 a.m.

U.S. citizens, including many of Mexican descent, do not want to work hard or get dirty. == I absolutely disagree with this. 100%. US Citizens are not afraid of hard work not gettign dirty.

You are selling out your fellow countrymen too fast and easy Twister.

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Don Bauder Dec. 23, 2011 @ 11:07 a.m.

The problem of Americans shunning hard and low-paying jobs is not nearly as bad as it was, but it still exists. Best, Don Bauder

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