Monday, outraged (scream emoji and all) by croissant prices at LaGuardia airport, Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez tweeted thusly:

For serving a croissant? Yes. Yes, I do think $15 is incredibly generous for putting a pastry in a bag.

Per usual, her point fell flat and was subjected to mockery internet-wide. The good folks at the Free Beacon noted that LaGuardia already has a $15 minimum wage in place and that croissants are much cheaper, should you venture to terminal C.

In reality, LaGuardia Airport in New York already has a $15 minimum wage. Andrew Kerr of the Daily Caller pointed out that LaGuardia has a higher minimum rate than the target number of most progressives. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey approved a $19 minimum wage for many LaGuardia workers in September 2018. According to the New York Times, it is “the highest minimum wage target set by any public agency in the country.”

Ocasio-Cortez did not need to drop seven dollars if she wanted a croissant, moreover. If she’s willing to accept pastries from Au Bon Pain in LaGuardia’s terminal C, she can get a croissant there for only $3.29, as the Washington Free Beacon confirmed in a phone call. In a separate call, a representative of Au Bon Pain in LaGuardia explained that the minimum wage is $15 per hour for some staff, $19 for airport workers in the new terminal.

When fact checked and found fibbing or fallacy-ing, be sure to throw your “Republicans hate babies and puppies” card and throw it often. This was her follow-up tweet:

The internet reaction was just as it should be:

This is a real consequence that hasn’t entered broad discussion — insisting on high wages for minimally skilled jobs severely undermines the work, education, and training of highly educated practitioners:


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