Skip to comments.Restaurant's healthcare surcharge draws strong responses (3% healthcare fee)
Posted on 02/20/2014 5:14:53 PM PST by Red in Blue PA
I had breakfast at Republique on La Brea Avenue on Tuesday, and here's how the tab broke down:
Cafe Americano $3.25
Surcharge Healthy LA 0.25
The last item is the one creating a little controversy at the new high-end restaurant in the old Campanile space. The owners are adding a 3% fee to every bill, which they say will pay for healthcare insurance for all their employees, from hostesses and bartenders to dishwashers and potato peelers.
"This is offensive," snapped one Yelper, who called the fee "a 3% surcharge for Obamacare."
Bill Chait, one of the owners, said most customers have been fine with the charge. But I found one breakfast diner with a bit of indigestion over the fee.
(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...
Who eventually pays for most everything?
Costs must go up. Either the restaurant can raise prices or make a statement with their health fee. I’m glad that this brings attention to the issue.
If I had gone into that restaurant to eat I would have deducted the 3% from the tip and told them so. But, like many others who I suspect will feel the same way, I’d stop going there simply because prices are too high.
he could have hidden it in raised item prices, but he chose instead to show customers a more detailed breakdown.
if he just raised all prices 3%tand didn’t say why, this clown probably wouldn’t have said anything or just accepted a general ‘everything’s going up, i gotta charge more’ answer.
The only problem I have is learning Camponile’s is gone.
Use to love eating lunch there and watching stars come and go.
The guy thinks the 3% fee to cover ObamaCare taxes is “offensive”, maybe they should show how much in other Federal taxes are embedded in the cost of his meal. . . he would be a hell of a lot more than “offended”.
Hahahah... I gotta laugh... Mark Levin just mentioned this news piece as I type this and hit send.
I love it when businesses print out all the various taxes on receipts. I don’t think they go far enough. They should put in all the hidden cost of fees, fines, compliance (accounting, lawyers, lobbyist, etc).
I like when a few brave gas stations have printed out the federal, state and local taxes on a gallon of gas. You don’t see them doing it much, so I wonder if it is illegal or their fear retribution?
There is a real easy way to get around this....don’t go there to eat or any other place that is doing this, pretty soon they will go out of business...just what bambaboy wants...the more for government to support....
If you avoided everything that has taxes included you would not live very well.
I just moved from Los Angeles. Now live in the south west burbs of Chicago. I didn’t live far from Republique, La Brea Bakery was next door, but had to move up the street to La Brea and 3rd St. If these liberals think this 3% surcharge is outrageous wait until they finally figure out that when they sell their homes or investment properties that have a profit of over $250,000 they will now pay another 3.8% in Obamacare tax.
They should be taxing the rich hollywood libs...to help pay for healthcare for the “little people”...The Streisand Effect Tax Law!
McCormick and Schmidt’s in SF had the same posting on their bill in 2010.
I think it is better to tell people why the cost of their purchases is going up rather than bury it in another dime for the coffe and fifteen cents for the quiche.
He isn’t adding 3% to the tab, he’s just breaking it out so customers can see it.
I read the article, and stand corrected. There are adding the 3% to the bill.
That’s how it should be, instead of hiding the confiscation by the government. Instead of payroll withholding, we each ought to have to send a check to the Treasury every quarter. That would teach us something, like Amazon’s tax free sales taught us.
this is how at&t showed the charges on their new bill in the early 80’s. we designed the mobile bills after they decided this approach. show all the detailed taxes, fees etc and what the phone company is actually charging for phone service. remember how your phone bill got bigger.