Some restaurants in left-wing Austin, Texas want you to subsidize their employees’ health care costs and paid sick leave.
For instance, Foreign & Domestic restaurant added a 3% “health insurance surcharge” to their customers’ checks to pay for their employees’ health insurance costs. Why? Because the socialist-style restaurant is apparently too cheap to cover it themselves.
Restaurant Owners Claim Patrons Are ‘Thrilled’ to Pay Extra
Foreign & Domestic co-owners Sarah Heard and Nathan Lemley say patrons can refuse to accept the surcharge, but most haven’t because they’re thrilled to pay extra for someone else’s health care costs.
“Our guests have mostly been not only accepting, but excited about the practice,” Heard told Fox News. “Since January 1, we have had less than five guests ask to have the fee removed.”
Hoover’s Cooking takes a different approach: It added a mandatory $1 “community value contribution” to cover paid sick leave for its employees. The restaurant explains the extra charge in a note to customers that reads:
“We want to do right by our team of cooks, servers and support staff. An extra dollar might not seem like a lot, but added to your bill, you’re helping provide Paid Time Off [PTO] for each and every employee at Hoover’s Cooking.
“The extra portion of comfort and security PTO brings means that the staffer is healthier, happier, and they enjoy working at Hoover’s because our patrons show they care.”
The ironic thing is that the customers who frequent Foreign & Domestic and Hoover’s Cooking probably go there because their menus are relatively inexpensive.
It’s unclear what patrons really think about this, since most people don’t want to be accused of being cheapskates.
Other restaurants around the country, including eateries in San Francisco, Chicago and Minneapolis, have instituted similar surcharges.
Twitter Rips Surcharges: ‘Stop Electing Democrats!’
Meanwhile, Twitter users torched the surcharge, saying they will not patronize any restaurant that makes them pay extra for someone else’s health care costs — especially since they tip (and most waiters don’t pay taxes on tips).
One person fumed: “I refuse to go to any restaurant that takes it upon themselves to tax their customers.”
I refuse to go to any restaurant that takes it upon themselves to tax their customers.
More restaurants embrace trend of putting health care surcharges on diners' checks https://t.co/5CpLqeyBjo #FoxNews
— Tweetadeal (@olgatourn) April 15, 2019
“The people do this have got to come from a Democratic Socialist State. The day I see this charge on my receipt will be my last at that place.”
The people do this have got to come from a Democratic Socialist State. The day I see this charge on my receipt will be my last at that place.
More restaurants embrace trend of putting health care surcharges on diners' checkshttps://t.co/XKscp9ato3
— Chuck IronmanIPMC ❌ 🇺🇸 💀 👮❌ (@IronmanIPMC) April 15, 2019
“I see a surcharge on any bill I WILL NEVER DO BUSINESS WITH THAT ESTABLISHMENT AGAIN! All costs should be included in the price, not ADDED at end to the bill. F that 💩”
More restaurants embrace trend of putting health care surcharges on diners' checks
I see a surcharge on any bill … I WILL NEVER DO BUSINESS WITH THAT ESTABLISHMENT AGAIN!
All costs should be included in the price not ADDED at end to the bill
F that 💩
— KayGee1 (@Kgoldberg71) April 15, 2019
“That’s why I like eating at home. I have to pay for my own health insurance. Don’t be adding a cost on my food bill to pay someone else’s.”
That’s why I like eating at home. I have to pay for my own health insurance. Don’t be adding a cost on my food bill to pay someone else’s. https://t.co/m1EvX21PCu
— ST1200Girl (@ST1200Girl) April 15, 2019
“STOP ELECTING DEMOCRATS.”
— LochTheScot (@LochTheScot) April 15, 2019
AOC’s Own Constituents Call Her the ‘Bronx Bolshevik’
Were these restaurants inspired by Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? While AOC is a media darling, her own constituents slammed her as the “Bronx Bolshevik.”
“She’s an empty vessel with a really loud mouth,” one Bronx resident said. Another quipped: “AOC is a dumb kid who answered a casting call.”
Ocasio Cortez's constituents slam her as ‘Bronx Bolshevik.' One Republican is so fed-up she plans to run against AOC in 2020.
Bronx resident: "She's an empty vessel with a really loud mouth."
Another: "AOC is a dumb kid who answered a casting call.”https://t.co/TOjQjpizrV
— Samantha Chang (@samantha_chang) March 31, 2019
— Michele J (@j_cheleann22) April 7, 2019
Well, if people are FLEEING Venezuela because of climate change, then let us remember that SOCIALISM CAUSED this climate change.
Think a bit before you speak, “Ché”! pic.twitter.com/Xwd20iVbGl
— Captain Arepa (@captain_arepa) April 11, 2019
— The Atlas Society (@TheAtlasSociety) April 9, 2019
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