CONSEQUENCES OF LIBERAL ENGINEERING: Minimum Wage Surcharges At Restaurants

Someone should ask liberals if they still think raising the minimum wage is a good idea. Not only will they lose jobs from the crush of small business but they’ll pay more for less.

Do they ever think these things through?

FOX News reported this:

Restaurant diners are footing the bill for rising minimum wages.

In lieu of steep menu price increases, many independent and regional chain restaurants in states including Arizona, California, Colorado and New York are adding surcharges of 3% to 4% to help offset rising labor costs. Industry analysts expect the practice to become widespread as more cities and states increase minimum wages.

“It’s the emerging new norm,” said Sharokina Shams, spokeswoman for the California Restaurant Association. She said California restaurants are adding surcharges as the state lifts the minimum wage every year until it reaches $15 an hour by 2023. It is currently at $10.50 an hour for employers with 26 or more workers.

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Hot Air adds:

This isn’t the first time that retail establishments have used this practice for “political” statements. Three years ago, restaurants began adding surcharges to cover the costs of ObamaCare in anticipation of the costs of the employer mandate. At the time, the practice seemed anticipatory at best, but in this case the costs are being borne immediately. That leaves retailers in low-margin, highly competitive markets like the restaurant business with three basic options: reduce staff, raise prices, or do a little of both. The “surcharge” may be a political statement, but it’s also a way to transparently pass cost increases to consumers that they’d get anyway.

How long before folks opt out of the dining out experience altogether?

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