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Local Restaurant Adds Surcharge To Tabs To Pay For Employees’ Healthcare
CBSLA.com) ^ | February 17, 2014 10:39 PM

Posted on 02/18/2014 12:42:54 PM PST by BenLurkin

HANCOCK PARK (CBSLA.com) — A local restaurant has added a surcharge to every tab in order to pay for its employees’ healthcare.

République, located on La Brea, is emerging as one of LA’s more popular, newer restaurants. However, the three percent surcharge is bringing about mixed reactions from the restaurant’s customers.

One critic on the review site, Yelp, claimed: “It’s not MY responsibility to take care of YOUR employees’ healthcare… that’s YOUR job.”

“Everyone has the same policy that I do as the owners,” owner and chef Walter Manske said. “And we offer it to everyone; (the) dishwasher, busboy, waiters, across the board.”

Manske says that, ultimately, it is up to the customer whether to take the surcharge out of the gratuity.

There are other customers, however, who don’t mind the surcharge on the basis of healthcare for workers.

“Adding it to the tip, or taking it away from the tip is normal, and I think it’s important that everybody has healthcare within the restaurants,” customer Chris Jordan said.

Under Obamacare, businesses like République, that have over 50 full-time employees, are required by law to provide affordable healthcare benefits.

Manske, meanwhile, says that the surcharge system is the solution to that requirement that works for the restaurant and that most feedback has been positive.

“Even if this isn’t the perfect solution, it’s definitely a solution, and so far, there isn’t any other solution.”


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: aca; benefits; democratcare; obamacare; surcharge; workplace
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1 posted on 02/18/2014 12:42:54 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

**“It’s not MY responsibility to take care of YOUR employees’ healthcare… that’s YOUR job.”***

Do you really think you aren’t paying for it? It’s just being shown to you upfront, that’s all.


2 posted on 02/18/2014 12:44:23 PM PST by Gamecock (Grace is not opposed to human activity. It's opposed to human merit. MSH)
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To: BenLurkin

“Obamacare surcharge”. Great. I hope they don’t lose customers over it, though.

The IRS will probably have something to say about this, soon, if more businesses start this practice.


3 posted on 02/18/2014 12:44:44 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: BenLurkin

Well, it’s either this, or raise menu prices without an explanation. If this 3% reflects the cost of doing business, then it allows customers to see how much of what they pay goes to this expense.


4 posted on 02/18/2014 12:46:32 PM PST by Dilbert San Diego (TH)
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To: MrB

While they are at it, they should show the Medicare and OASDI charges as well.


5 posted on 02/18/2014 12:46:42 PM PST by LachlanMinnesota
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To: BenLurkin

Take it up with Pelosi.....


6 posted on 02/18/2014 12:46:44 PM PST by matthew fuller
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To: BenLurkin

Customers were going to pay it anyway; might as well break it out and itemize it.


7 posted on 02/18/2014 12:46:48 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: BenLurkin
One critic on the review site, Yelp, claimed: “It’s not MY responsibility to take care of YOUR employees’ healthcare… that’s YOUR job.”

Mind-numbingly stupid.
8 posted on 02/18/2014 12:48:04 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
Well, it’s either this, or raise menu prices without an explanation. If this 3% reflects the cost of doing business, then it allows customers to see how much of what they pay goes to this expense.

This is like the "shop fees" and "EPA fees" every garage charges in addition to their prices. Stop advertising $19.95 oil changes when there is no way to get it done for less than $24.50 plus sales tax. Unless I have the option to bring my own bucket to take home the old oil.

9 posted on 02/18/2014 12:52:01 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Recycled Olympic tagline Shut up, Bob Costas. Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!)
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To: andyk

Really? Maybe there should be a rent surcharge, a global warming surcharge, a business license surcharge, a laundry surcharge, a garbage surcharge, a water surcharge, etc.


10 posted on 02/18/2014 12:52:07 PM PST by clintonh8r (Don't twerk me, Broi)
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To: Gamecock
**“It’s not MY responsibility to take care of YOUR employees’ healthcare… that’s YOUR job.”***

Same libtard that thinks his IRS refund check is free money from the gov'ment.

Well, maybe not the best analogy since with all the tax credits, it may just be free money.

11 posted on 02/18/2014 12:52:13 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: andyk

I do like the honesty inherent in this approach. I wish businesses would do this for tax increases as well. If a 10% increase in corporate tax rates, for instance, led directly to a 10% surcharge in the price of consumer goods, maybe the LI voters would be less inclined to favor increasing taxes on corporations. As it is now, of course, they’re still paying the surcharge; they just don’t realize it.


12 posted on 02/18/2014 12:52:18 PM PST by stremba
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To: andyk

Let me be the first to apologize for my fellow Californian. We grow stupid out here, we try to keep it locally confined - this one slipped through.


13 posted on 02/18/2014 12:53:13 PM PST by edcoil ( "All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone." - Blaise Pascal)
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To: BenLurkin

Must be a very expensive restaurant if only 3% of sales pays for all the employes’ health insurance.


14 posted on 02/18/2014 12:53:14 PM PST by Oliviaforever
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To: BenLurkin
One critic on the review site, Yelp, claimed: “It’s not MY responsibility to take care of YOUR employees’ healthcare… that’s YOUR job.”

[sigh]....and THAT, Ladies and Gentlemen, is WHY Democrats continue to win elections in the US of A.


15 posted on 02/18/2014 12:53:18 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: stremba

I think all built-in taxes should be listed on the menu or receipt

if that is possible


16 posted on 02/18/2014 12:53:46 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: BenLurkin

List it as a tax. That’s what Robert’s calls it. It’s enforced by the IRS. List it as a tax.


17 posted on 02/18/2014 12:54:05 PM PST by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The meek shall not inherit the Earth)
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To: BenLurkin

Rut roh....look out...here comes the IRSS to say you cannot call an 0DeathCare fee an 0DeathCare fee!!


18 posted on 02/18/2014 12:54:10 PM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: clintonh8r
Really? Maybe there should be a rent surcharge, a global warming surcharge, a business license surcharge, a laundry surcharge, a garbage surcharge, a water surcharge, etc.

I'm not willing to assume that the cost would have strictly come out of the owner's profits sans the surcharge.
19 posted on 02/18/2014 12:54:17 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: BenLurkin

If an establishment is doing that, it should be public information. That way people who DON’T want to pay for it can go elsewhere.

I think that’s fair.


20 posted on 02/18/2014 12:54:41 PM PST by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: FReepers
"Of course, I want people to have health care," Obama supporter Cindy Vinson said.

"I just didn't realize I would be the one who was going to pay for it personally."


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21 posted on 02/18/2014 12:55:16 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: BenLurkin
Why not make all the costs visible to the customer.
Payroll taxes and other sock-it-to-the-employer taxes have always been used to hide the real tax.
I think it's a great idea to put the costs of all the raw materials, energy, salaries, building, maintenance, insurance and ALL THE TAXES AND FEES on the bill so people know what they're paying for.

22 posted on 02/18/2014 12:55:37 PM PST by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: BenLurkin

La Brea..wasn’t that on one of Ramsey’s shows? IIRC it closed after the visit.


23 posted on 02/18/2014 12:56:10 PM PST by prisoner6 (FREEDOM)
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To: BenLurkin

Not to worry, the coming across the board wage inflation will cover the extra Obamadon’tcare taxes


24 posted on 02/18/2014 12:59:05 PM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: andyk
Since the customer apparently has the option not to pay the so-called surcharge, it seems a needless in-your-face to the customer. I personally would never patronize a place that does this.

If the wait staff are independent contractors, or part-time employees for that matter, I don't think the owner has any obligation to provide health insurance of any kind. (I am prepared to be wrong about that. The whole law is beyond my feeble comprehension).

25 posted on 02/18/2014 1:00:27 PM PST by clintonh8r (Don't twerk me, Broi)
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To: BenLurkin

I like it. Line item it and make it look like the tax it is. Let people know what they’re really paying for.


26 posted on 02/18/2014 1:00:59 PM PST by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: Gamecock

Exactly! Econ 101. Corporations and businesses don’t pay the government, we do! They just pass on the charge whether they itemize it to us or not.


27 posted on 02/18/2014 1:04:43 PM PST by Phillyred
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To: BenLurkin
"Manske says that, ultimately, it is up to the customer whether to take the surcharge out of the gratuity."

So apparently they have decided to dump at least *some* of the responsibility onto the shoulders of their waiters who will get docked, at least sometimes, 3% of their gratuity (tips) by offended customers. That means their waiters are paying a larger-than-their-fair-share of the cost of providing healthcare to *all* of the employees at the restaurant, from bussers to managers. Any way you slice it, it sucks for the waiters.

28 posted on 02/18/2014 1:08:20 PM PST by MWFsFreedom
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To: clintonh8r
Okay, but I didn't see where it's an option for the customer. The only option that I saw mentioned is that you can leave less of a tip to make up for it. That tells me that if you leave zero tip, the surcharge is still on the bill.

To me it just looks like a line item showing exactly how much of your total bill is going to pay for the new health care benefit. Maybe I'm wrong.
29 posted on 02/18/2014 1:15:31 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: BenLurkin

That’s exactly it - it is not MY responsibility to pay for YOUR employees.


30 posted on 02/18/2014 1:15:42 PM PST by bboop (does not suffer fools gladly)
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To: stremba

I have long argued that employer withholding of taxes should be abolished. Everyone should have to write a check to the IRS 4 times a year like those of us who are self employed.

Instead, the government tries to get everyone to have their employers over withhold so that they think of filing their income tax returns once a year as refund time.


31 posted on 02/18/2014 1:18:01 PM PST by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation Continues)
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To: BenLurkin

Kind of tight, but I suspect many patrons will subtract the 3% from the tip.


32 posted on 02/18/2014 1:18:06 PM PST by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: El Cid

“Kind of tight, but I suspect many patrons will subtract the 3% from the tip.”

Perhaps that will make the servers less likely to vote Democrat.


33 posted on 02/18/2014 1:21:08 PM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem)
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To: Bubba_Leroy

“Everyone should have to write a check to the IRS 4 times a year like those of us who are self employed.”

Agree, but make it monthly.


34 posted on 02/18/2014 1:21:38 PM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem)
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To: Gamecock
To the numb nuts that said its not his responsibility to pay for the restaurant worker health care

The Supreme Court said it was a TAX..and if I recall you break out a Government TAX on a bill for service....

35 posted on 02/18/2014 1:31:34 PM PST by tophat9000 (Are we headed to a Cracker Slacker War?)
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To: BenLurkin

If I ever get a bill with a charge added to cover the restaurant employees healthcare it will be the last time I visit that restaurant. It’s bad enough I have to chip in for their wages (tipping) but now you want me to cover their benefits too? PFFFFT! I’ll find someplace else to eat.


36 posted on 02/18/2014 1:31:50 PM PST by pgkdan
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To: BenLurkin

Anyone who voted for Obama, voted for the Obamacare legislation. The restaurant owner could have just raised his prices to cover the cost, but adding it as a sur charge, makes people aware of the cost of what they voted for.


37 posted on 02/18/2014 1:32:36 PM PST by Eva
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To: andyk

Oh, but it is an option for the customer.

Either eat there and pay the extra surcharge. Or never ever go in there.

I vote for option 2.


38 posted on 02/18/2014 1:34:16 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: pgkdan

The other places will just raise their menu prices.


39 posted on 02/18/2014 1:34:18 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: andyk

I’m sorry, but I don’t get what’s so stupid about what the critic said.

I’m thinking you meant “Mind-numbingly stupid.” pertains to the restauranteur.


40 posted on 02/18/2014 1:36:21 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: BenLurkin


Embrace the suck!
41 posted on 02/18/2014 1:36:27 PM PST by Old Yeller
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To: Responsibility2nd

Of course the customer has an option not to eat there, but that wasn’t the point to which I was responding.

I’m really confused why people think exposing the hidden costs of obamacare is a bad thing. Is it better to just raise the menu prices and hide it? Seems like good activism to me.


42 posted on 02/18/2014 1:37:12 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: MrB

Would take that restaurant off my list of places to eat at then


43 posted on 02/18/2014 1:37:15 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: BenLurkin

Then raise the damned price so I know what I’m paying up front!


44 posted on 02/18/2014 1:38:46 PM PST by pgkdan
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To: Responsibility2nd
I’m sorry, but I don’t get what’s so stupid about what the critic said.

By paying your bill, you are paying for the health care of the employees, whether it's shown as a separate line item, or bundled into higher menu prices. Otherwise, the assumption must be a) the employer is taking the additional costs out of his/her own profit, or b) the employer has found cost savings elsewhere to offset the additional cost of new health care benefits (smaller portions, etc.).
45 posted on 02/18/2014 1:40:14 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Jewbacca

I like this idea.


46 posted on 02/18/2014 1:41:40 PM PST by definitelynotaliberal (Go, Cruz! Go!)
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To: jsanders2001

Curious - why would you take this restaurant off your list for specifying and itemizing the costs that other restaurants would pass on to you without telling you why the prices are what they are?


47 posted on 02/18/2014 1:42:14 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: MWFsFreedom
Any way you slice it, it sucks for the waiters

Any way you slice it, it sucks for everybody

48 posted on 02/18/2014 1:43:13 PM PST by Gritty (Inside every liberal is a totalitarian screaming to get out! - David Horowitz)
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To: stremba
If a 10% increase in corporate tax rates, for instance, led directly to a 10% surcharge in the price of consumer goods, maybe the LI voters would be less inclined to favor increasing taxes on corporations.

Bingo! The idea is to show transparency to the people who are stupid enough to think that money for these programs comes out of thin air.
49 posted on 02/18/2014 1:45:44 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Jewbacca; Bubba_Leroy
“Everyone should have to write a check to the IRS 4 times a year like those of us who are self employed.”

Agree, but make it monthly.

And payable only to the state in which the employee resides. Let the states send the check to Fedzilla.

50 posted on 02/18/2014 1:52:27 PM PST by VRW Conspirator ( 2+2 = V)
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