Aug 1, 2018

Does free lunch at tech companies hurt local business?

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Free food is a legendary perk of working at a tech company. The cafeterias at Apple, Google, and Facebook are almost like a tourist attraction. But cities in the San Francisco Bay Area are saying that the free lunches are killing local business, and they're moving to ban company cafeterias. The city of Mountain View made a law in 2014 that said Facebook's new campus couldn't offer free food, and last week, San Francisco city supervisors proposed a rule that any new offices in the city couldn't include cafeterias. Marketplace’s Molly Wood talks with Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, a columnist for the San Francisco Examiner, about the proposal. (08/01/2018)

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Does free lunch at tech companies hurt local business?

Aug 1, 2018
A proposed law in San Francisco could keep tech companies from offering free food … will it also help bridge the divide between tech workers and the rest of the city?
An employee sits in the cafeteria of Google's Washington headquarters, Jan. 8, 2015 in Washington, D.C. 
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Free food is a legendary perk of working at a tech company. The cafeterias at Apple, Google, and Facebook are almost like a tourist attraction. But cities in the San Francisco Bay Area are saying that the free lunches are killing local business, and they’re moving to ban company cafeterias. The city of Mountain View made a law in 2014 that said Facebook’s new campus couldn’t offer free food, and last week, San Francisco city supervisors proposed a rule that any new offices in the city couldn’t include cafeterias. Marketplace’s Molly Wood talks with Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, a columnist for the San Francisco Examiner, about the proposal. (08/01/2018)

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