Restaurants are adding labor surcharges to help offset minimum wage increases
Published March 10, 2017 The Wall Street Journal
Restaurant diners are footing the bill for rising minimum wages. Naturally, who else.
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.
If anyone was foolish enough to think that the owners were going to take a hit on the minimum wage increased, they never looked inside their fortune cookie. On the whole, the workers and the consumers that are sitting on the bottom branch in the tree of life are always getting the worst end of the deal.
I did several posts on the raising of the minimum wage.
One thing we can be guaranteed of, no it is not our food coming out the way we ordered it, if the minimum was raised 5% the surcharges will be at least 10 – 20% higher so the eateries owners can blame the government. That is the American way.
In the long run, industry never loses out.
Like many problems/difficulties we encounter in our lives; there just is no solution to them. Grin and bear it or stay home and cook.
To some of the modern/upscale yuppies, COOK is their new 4 letter word. The best thing they ever make for dinner are reservations.
I feel sorry for the kids. They are being brought up eating crap out of a box, heated in a microwave, eating at the Golden Arches or sometimes not at all.
U.S. Frozen Food Market Revenue By Product, 2014 – 2024 (USD Billion)
Before long, the modern homes are going to be built without kitchens.