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By helping businesses, you are helping people.
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Giving businesses your custom allows them to keep their employees on and helps families maintain an income.
Restaurants and bars have been forced to close their doors to patrons, however, many are still able to serve food for pickup or delivery. Ordering food from these restaurants, or buying gift cards to your favourite bar, allows them to keep cash coming in during the pandemic and keep their employees on staff.
If the end goal is to help people, why not just help the people directly. For every $1 spent at a business, the government takes a cut of it in taxes, the businesses takes some to cover operating expenses and a fraction of the whole dollar is spent on staffing. The $1 would fo far further if we gave it directly to the people that need it.
[P1] We need to help families stay afloat during the coronavirus crisis. [P2] Businesses employ workers. [P3] By helping businesses, you are helping their workers keep their jobs. [P4] Therefore, we should help businesses.
Rejecting the premises
[Rejecting P3] If the goal is to help workers, help them directly.