posted on Jan, 26 2015 @ 06:30 PM
I mentioned in my post earlier how much smaller my ticket at a restaurant is since smoking bans have passed. No longer eat desert, ever, and buy only
one drink when i eat out now and always before never after a meal it's gonna be an ok margin draft or bottled domestic as opposed to the high margin
cocktail i was likely to order after desert and before the smoking ban. From my time working in restaurants during college i know that liquor drinks
and desserts are some of the higher margin items on a menu.
So, my idea is something like a businesses card showing the the owner how much money he lost, the server how much of a tip they lost, and the
government how much they lost in sales taxes due to the smoking ban to leave with the check and tip. I tip 10% for poor service, 15% for acceptable,
and throw a $5 or better on top of the15% for service beyond acceptable. The card would have lines for appetizers, desert, and drinks skipped with
multipliers for number of people with me so the owner would have a good idea of how much money he's losing from me due to the local ordinances. The
server would be able to see how much less in tips they get due to a smaller ticket, and the state would see how much less sales tax they get.
Let's say that mean my wife go out to eat have a $50 check pay up and leave. The owner has $50 in revenue which since we avoided the high margin
drink and desert after our meal, which may be anywhere from barely profitable to ok but ain't gonna get rich on that margin; the server,if they were
acceptable,will make $7.50; and the state/city/county will split $3.50 in sales tax.
The card would have a spot for me to put in the prices for two deserts,2 drinks, and spots to put thre additional tip and taxes I'd have paid if i
could still smoke a cigarette after my entre and decide if i was gonna spend more money at that restaurant.
I really don't know what drinks and desert cost at a mid tier restaurant now so I'm going to take some guesses. I figure cocktails are around $7 or
$8 now and desert around $6 or $7. If each of us got a desert and a drink that would be around an extra $30 on a check. So the owner is out $30 of
revenue on two of his highest margin items, the servers tip is $4.50 lower, and the government gets $2.10 less in taxes. That's on a single visit,
and doesn't even take into account the fact i don't eat out anywhere near as often post ban.
Letting business owners,and servers know how much money they losing from you is the only way bans will change. The state will just recoup lost taxes
from other sources including non smokers and most likely double tap the business owners by raising business and liquor license fees.