posted on Nov, 15 2012 @ 11:25 AM
John Metz owns numerous restaurant outlets and plans to impose a 5% surcharge to each customer's bill to pay for his employees' health care
Metz is the franchisor of Hurricane Grill & Wings, which has 48 locations, five of which are corporate owned, and president and owner of RREMC
Restaurants, which runs approximately 40 Denny's and several Dairy Queen locations. He planned to use the 5 percent surcharge tactic in all his
restaurants starting in January 2014, when Obamacare is fully implemented.
Metz admits that this tactic will effect the tips, which servers rely on as a substantial part of their earnings. So, while servers are already
required to share their tips with bussers, bartenders, kitchen staff and the front desk, plus the fact that they are taxed on 8% of their sales in
income tax, Metz refuses to bear any financial responsibility himself, or for his bottom line to suffer one iota.
"If I leave the prices the same, but say on the menu that there is a 5 percent surcharge for Obamacare, customers have two choices. They can
either pay it and tip 15 or 20 percent, or if they really feel so inclined, they can reduce the amount of tip they give to the server, who is the
primary beneficiary of Obamacare,"
This statement really gets my goat! Servers are not greedy, selfish, lazy, enemies of capitalism. Neither are they the primary beneficiaries of
Obamacare. There are also the bussers, dishwashers, cooks and preps, hostesses, commissary and warehouse workers, office staff, etc. who's salaries
are derived from the customer's check, and who will also benefit from Obamacare.
This "D bag" wants to place the onus of Obamacare squarely on one employee, the server. The earnings of other, non tipped hourly employees will not
In my opinion, this is class warfare and dirty politics.
What say you ATS? Do you think it's right to make restaurant servers collect this surcharge personally from each customer and deal with their
complaints, most likely loosing a good portion of what would have been tipped to them for their good service. Or do you think that the restaurants in
question should raise their prices to reflect their rising costs?
edit on 15-11-2012 by windword because: OCD Spelling and Grammar