#1 New charge on dinner tab is in bad taste03-03-2010, 01:23 PMNew charge on dinner tab is in bad taste
The latest hidden mandatory add-on is a “health” charge added to restaurant bills. This scam cropped up first in San Francisco, but you can count on it to spread.
Restaurant and Catering Industry By Ed Perkins, Tribune Media Services
February 28, 2010
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Nothing succeeds in the travel industry like a bad idea. The latest hidden mandatory add-on is a "health" charge added to restaurant bills. As far as I know, this scam cropped up first in San Francisco, but you can count on it to spread.
The rationale for this one is to cover the employers' mandatory contribution to the City's "Healthy San Francisco" health-coverage system. The charge actually is levied on employers, but at least some restaurants are adding a few dollars or percentage points to each customer's bill to cover this charge.
The restaurants' excuse for assessing this charge separately is to let customers know how much they're paying for employees' health coverage. That's the same excuse hotels use when they add "resort" or "housekeeping" fees to unsuspecting guests' room bills. It's the same excuse airlines would use to exclude fuel surcharges from their advertised fares if the Department of Transportation would allow them. And it's sheer nonsense. Employees' health insurance is no less of a cost of doing business than rent, property taxes, food costs, security services and all the other inputs businesses require to operate. To single out health care for a separate surcharge is unwarranted.
The restaurants adding this fee self-righteously proclaim, "It's not hidden; we print a notice on our menus." But that, too, is nonsense: Presumably, restaurants could apply that same rationale for extra fees to cover the cost of electricity, heat or linen service. I haven't seen any reports yet that San Francisco hotels are adding a similar charge. But hotels aren't shy about piling on other fees and charges.
So far, I haven't heard of "health" fees anywhere other than San Francisco. But, as noted, bad ideas travel fast, and I wouldn't be surprised to see it copied in one form or another by restaurants in other areas.
03-03-2010, 01:28 PM“I have learned now that while those who speak about one's miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more.”
God judged it better to bring good out of evil than to suffer no evil to exist.
St. Augustine of Hippo
03-03-2010, 01:42 PM
I'd introduce them to the Eat Somewhere Else Tax. It's kind of harsh (100% of all operating costs and profit) but it's 'for the children'. Just not the owner's children.
03-06-2010, 06:18 PM
Just another Nancy Pelosi San Francisco scam. Nancy wants all house dems from around the country to commit hari-kari just to save her own ass in out of touch San Fran. They will abandon her because she has no clue what the rest of the country is thinking.
03-06-2010, 11:08 PM
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I don't believe in adding extra fees to pay for anything. You set your prices according to what your expenses are. I have had a couple of businesses and they did well. I had a very good expenses and overhead to profits ratio. I did not provide healthcare to my employees and felt no obligation to provide it for them. I could not afford it unless in the end they were going to be taking home more in their pay envelope than I was. I was not in business to provide jobs, I was in business to make a profit.
In either one of businesses, should the government have madated health coverage, I would have closed down and laid everyone off.
If you can't cover your expenses, madated or not, raise your prices or close down.
03-06-2010, 11:17 PM
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03-07-2010, 01:54 AM
First time a resteraunt hits me with that will be the last. It will also take the place of the tip too.Stand up for what is right, even if you have to stand alone.
03-07-2010, 02:03 AMIn most sports, cold-cocking an opposing player repeatedly in the face with a series of gigantic Slovakian uppercuts would get you a multi-game suspension without pay.
In hockey, it means you have to sit in the penalty box for five minutes.
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