At a food stand at SFO: tricky new way to raise prices...
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- Food service staff who get tips are not paid minimum wage. And often have part of their tips sequestered to share with kitchen staff... and why would the owners do that, except to allow them to pay them less than minimum wage as well.Jan 2, 2012
- Jan 2, 2012
- I hope that catches on elsewhere in the US. As an Australian, the whole "tipping" thing has always struck me as bizarre and demeaning.Jan 2, 2012
- Most restaurants in San Francisco also now have a 4% fee tacked on for employee health plans. SF is one of the few (only?) places in the US mandating waiters get health insurance. The restaurants chose to itemize the cost and pass it along.Jan 2, 2012
- Of course they should pass it along, but why itemize? The price of the meal is the price of the meal. If they want to say 4% of the price is for employee health care, that's great. But it's misleading to list a price and then tack on a surcharge.
BTW I think this is true of taxes as well, though people are pretty much accustomed to thinking of sales taxes as something to be added later.Jan 3, 2012
- My guess is it's a form of protest by the restaurants to keep the extra cost of employment in San Francisco visible to customers. The 4% charge is generally disclosed on the bottom of the menu. It's definitely obnoxious.Jan 3, 2012