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#1 Hum

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 06:35

 A Minnesota restaurant is passing along the cost of the state's minimum wage hike to customers, and the move has sparked outrage.

Diners at the Oasis Cafe in Stillwater, Minn., recently noticed a "MIN WAGE FEE" tacked on to the bottom of their receipts, beneath more mundane items like burgers and fries.

A increase hiking the minimum wage as high as $8 an hour. The restaurant's fee appears to be a response to the increase, but the owners did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

At least one diner, Jean Murra, noticed the fee on her check on August 1.

"I was shocked," Murra wrote in an email. She said that she wouldn't mind if the restaurant raised prices a bit, but felt that the owners put the fee on the receipt "to make a political statement."

"We will not go back there," she wrote. Hundreds of other commenters on the restaurant's Facebook and Yelp pages in the past few days felt similarly. Most of the comments are negative -- even unprintable -- and assume that the owners added the fee as a protest against the law.

"We are coming to Minnesota next week and this was going to be a stop. No More," one Facebook user wrote on the page.

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 06:40

"I was shocked," Murra wrote in an email. She said that she wouldn't mind if the restaurant raised prices a bit, but felt that the owners put the fee on the receipt "to make a political statement."

 

I'm glad customers have that attitude. The owners sound like a right bunch of cloacas.



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Posted 08 August 2014 - 06:40

35 cents enrages people?

 

 

Never thought I would do it, but....

 

 

'MURICA!

 

 

Eat at home if 35 cents is a hardship.

 

As for the receipt comment, sounds like the owners are a-holes.



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Posted 08 August 2014 - 06:59

"We are coming to Minnesota next week and this was going to be a stop. No More."

 

Sounds like that wage hike is really going to help employees. :laugh:



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Posted 08 August 2014 - 07:14

The minimum wage increase can't even keep up with inflation and people are complaining.



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Posted 08 August 2014 - 07:16

so is the increases included for tax or not?

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 07:17

35 cents enrages people?

 

 

Never thought I would do it, but....

 

 

'MURICA!

 

 

Eat at home if 35 cents is a hardship.

 

As for the receipt comment, sounds like the owners are a-holes.

 

The actual cost involved has bugger all to do with it.



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Posted 08 August 2014 - 07:19

The minimum wage increase can't even keep up with inflation and people are complaining.

 

^ Inflation is allegedly under 2%, currently.



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Posted 08 August 2014 - 07:45

I think it's a bit crap of the restaurant to make a kind of stand against minimum wage, it's there to help people not go under the breadline. If the new minimum wage was having an effect on the restaurant then they could have included the price increase into the cost of fries, drinks etc.. to make up the difference, are we going to reach a point where food is sold really cheap only to have cook the food tax, using a plate tax tacked onto the bottom to make everything look cheaper than it actually is. 



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Posted 08 August 2014 - 07:49

When the prices on the food supplies increase for that restaurant, or the price on electricity, water, local taxes, what does the owner of that restaurant do? Does he not transfer the increase cost to the price of the items he sells?

 

So, what is the difference for the cost of revenue of items sold whether it is the employees salary or the base cost of the materials? Besides the owner of that restaurant being a douchebag?



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Posted 08 August 2014 - 08:03

35 cents enrages people?

 

 

Never thought I would do it, but....

 

 

'MURICA!

 

 

Eat at home if 35 cents is a hardship.

 

As for the receipt comment, sounds like the owners are a-holes.

read it again, that's not the issue here...

 

it's the 'protest' from the cafe owners by itemising it on their receipt that is irritating people.



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Posted 08 August 2014 - 08:48

When the prices on the food supplies increase for that restaurant, or the price on electricity, water, local taxes, what does the owner of that restaurant do? Does he not transfer the increase cost to the price of the items he sells?
 
So, what is the difference for the cost of revenue of items sold whether it is the employees salary or the base cost of the materials? Besides the owner of that restaurant being a douchebag?


Because the 35c has nothing to do with minimum wage (Unless it takes a single employee an hour to make an item of course), they're just rising prices to annoy people and blame that on the minimum wage increase.

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 09:00

Well that's different.



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Posted 08 August 2014 - 09:04

This thread is begging for a "everyone loses their minds" Joker meme :D



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Posted 08 August 2014 - 09:06

35 cents enrages people?

 

 

Never thought I would do it, but....

 

 

'MURICA!

 

 

Eat at home if 35 cents is a hardship.

 

As for the receipt comment, sounds like the owners are a-holes.

 

It's nothing to do with the cost, it could have been .10 and it would still be an outrage.


Because the 35c has nothing to do with minimum wage (Unless it takes a single employee an hour to make an item of course), they're just rising prices to annoy people and blame that on the minimum wage increase.

 

I doubt it is this. It's a mind numbing political rant and they think they're going to make it all better by putting a snarky comment on all their receipts.