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Some restaurants embrace putting health care surcharges on diners' checks
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A few restaurants in Austin, Texas, are the latest to ask diners to chip in a little extra for the sake of their employees’ health and well-being.

Foreign & Domestic, in Austin’s North Loop, and Hoover’s Cooking, in Cherrywood, have recently added surcharges to patrons’ checks to help cover the cost of health insurance and paid sick leave, respectively.


Foreign & Domestic’s optional 3 percent surcharge was added to each bill after co-owners Sarah Heard and Nathan Lemley started providing “great” health insurance for employees as of Jan. 1, but patrons can request to decline the charge — though Heard told Fox News that most diners haven’t.


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“Our guests have mostly been not only accepting, but excited about the practice,” Heard told Fox News. “Since January 1 we have had less than five guests ask to have the fee removed.”

Lemley further told KVUE that Foreign & Domestic chose to institute the surcharge rather than raise the prices of food, which he said would “actually cost the guest more” than 3 percent.

Foreign & Domestic informs customers of its optional 3-percent surcharge at the bottom of every menu. "If you would like to have this removed, please let your server know," the text reads.

Hoover’s Cooking, meanwhile, institutes a mandatory $1 “community value contribution,” the details of which are outlined in a note from owner Hoover Alexander, which is provided with menus.

“Just as we value you as a patron, we want to do right by our team of cooks, servers and support staff. An extra dollar might not seem like a lot, but added to your bill, you’re helping provide Paid Time Off [PTO] for each and every employee at Hoover’s Cooking,” the note reads in part.

“The extra portion of comfort and security PTO brings means that the staffer is healthier, happier, and they enjoy working at Hoover’s because our patrons show they care,” Alexander added.


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What a new business concept... pass along liberal ideas to the end user to pay for.


goatmilker
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re: Some restaurants embrace putting health care surcharges on diners' checks
The guest have been excited?


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re: Some restaurants embrace putting health care surcharges on diners' checks
But... but... but... I've been assured by some posters on this board that businesses don't pass their increased costs on to their customers!

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dakarx
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The guest have been excited?


Sure, would you not be excited that a business you patronized was going to Tax you for darkening thier threshold?

Let's be real here, surcharge is just another name for Tax. Someone with the time should start compiling a .kml with alk of these places Taxing their patrons, the melt would be halarious.


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memphis tiger
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re: Some restaurants embrace putting health care surcharges on diners' checks
If I see that on a bill, I’m deducting it from the tip


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re: Some restaurants embrace putting health care surcharges on diners' checks
I had a thread on this same place a few weeks ago. I just took 3% off my tip. Done


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CarrolltonTiger
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re: Some restaurants embrace putting health care surcharges on diners' checks
Even better the state of Texas/City of Austin is getting a cut, the 3% surcharge seems to be taxed as it is added to the bill pre sales tax.



memphis tiger
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re: Some restaurants embrace putting health care surcharges on diners' checks
I’ll give these restaurants a little credit for being honest and putting it in the bill.

Most places would just increase their charges without telling the customer.

I’m still deducting this from the top of I see it.


fatboydave
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re: Some restaurants embrace putting health care surcharges on diners' checks
Yeah, uh NO. Would not pay for that. They don't pay anything for my healthcare.


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TheHarahanian
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re: Some restaurants embrace putting health care surcharges on diners' checks

Hit back: On the bill, subtract the estimated cost of the gasoline it required for your round trip drive to the restaurant.


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HubbaBubba
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If I see that on a bill, I’m deducting it from the tip
I would just scratch through it and take it off the sub-total. Make sure ownership knows that I value truth in advertising. If it isn't on the menu, I didn't order it.


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re: Some restaurants embrace putting health care surcharges on diners' checks
i would still go and just reduce their tip with the explanation that they are now receiving the extra benefits from their employer; therefore i do not need to.


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re: Some restaurants embrace putting health care surcharges on diners' checks
Management is guilt tripping. Most will pay before “feeling embarrassed”.

THEY want to do something good for THEIR employees, and want YOU to pay for it.

Sneaky Socialism.




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If I see that on a bill, I’m deducting it from the tip


Yup, and there’s also been an increase of seeing a “cost of living charge” to cover the cooks wages. Yeah no, not covering the owners obligation to pay his/her employees.


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The Easter Bunny
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re: Some restaurants embrace putting health care surcharges on diners' checks
Saw it for the first time on Friday at an Italian restaurant in Minneapolis. 3% added for employee health benefits. Paid it like a sucker


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re: Some restaurants embrace putting health care surcharges on diners' checks
Would not eat there


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Nicky Parrish
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re: Some restaurants embrace putting health care surcharges on diners' checks
I see that on a bill there will be no tip and would not go there again.


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Oilfieldbiology
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re: Some restaurants embrace putting health care surcharges on diners' checks
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i would still go and just reduce their tip with the explanation that they are now receiving the extra benefits from their employer; therefore i do not need to


This is the right way to handle it. Pay the extra %surcharges and just subtract that from the tip.



And to the people who say they wouldn’t go back, I understand your ire at virtue signaling but you don’t have to cut out something you enjoy just to make a political statement. There are ways to enjoy a good meal and drive your point home
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re: Some restaurants embrace putting health care surcharges on diners' checks
It's a restaurant. It's not a career unless you're the chef or the owner. It's that temporary stop on the life train until you figure out what in the hell you want to do with your life. Their talentless low/no skilled sacks of skin with the attention span of a gnat. Your 5 hour dinner shift doesn't compare to my 10 hr shift plus overtime. My question is this. Can the employee opt out of the insurance? If they can, then what happens to those funds collected by the restaurant? I bet I know.
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tigerfootball10
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re: Some restaurants embrace putting health care surcharges on diners' checks
Why would they need to do this when Obama promised premiums would go down by $2500?


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