Eight Hours Sleep for a Man Who Lost His Restaurant Business To Covid

Eight Hours Sleep for a Man Who Lost His Restaurant Business To Covid, by Philip Barton.

About three months ago, with the doors of my restaurant shuttered by government edict and, accordingly, unable to pay rent, I was given three days to get out by the landlord. It was a grim time. It was hard to swallow that an iconic business with a thirty-six year track record of making money had suddenly, unexpectedly and inexplicably, moved into the ranks of failed business.

Seventeen people were instantly unemployed. I moved to my mountain shack to lick my wounds. I sold off what I had to in order to pay off the debts that the business had been left with. …

An already struggling economy had been destroyed by the government’s panicked response to the virus. I had been paying a high rent. Could I have continued to pay it in the new economy? How many people would still have the disposable income and the confidence in its continuity to eat out regularly? And who were also not scared almost to death of catching the virus by dining out. …

So, I began to relax, a bit. Then, gradually, I relaxed a lot. I found myself sleeping – every night! I would go to bed, turn off the bedside lamp and immediately fall asleep for seven or eight hours. I had not done that for over forty years. I had got used to struggling for five hours sleep. Sometimes I got less; occasionally I got none. I had always just shrugged it off as insomnia. A part of the aging process.

It’s not true; I now realize that I did not sleep for all those decades because of worry. Every day I was tense. Would this be the day that some regulatory body would swoop down on my business and destroy it? The Health Department, the Liquor Licence Authority, the Wages Police (whatever their real name is) or some other hideous government entity. …

Bureaucrats strangle the entrepreneurs:

The wages are so complicated that it is impossible to know for certain that you are paying people correctly. And to not do so is a criminal offence – i.e. to be found guilty of underpayment (stealing!) can result in imprisonment. …

I will not hire another person in this country until Award Wages are cancelled in their entirety. I will not begin another business that cannot be run with my family alone. I also won’t begin another business that comes under the purview of the Health Department.

In fact, it will take a lot to get me to go back into any business in Australia. This is one entrepreneur who has made the decision that sleeping without the constant fear attendant to government tyranny has much merit.

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