June 19, 2013
Restaurant Owner Plans to Charge Customers for Obamacare
Posted on Nov 15, 2012
Some business owners have already said in the wake of President Obama’s election victory that they’ll have to lay off employees and cut worker hours in order to pay for Obamacare. But John Metz, a West Palm Beach, Fla., restaurant owner, has another idea: He’s having his customers pay a 5 percent surcharge to offset what he says are increased costs because of the health care program. That, by the way, is in addition to cutting his employees’ hours.
“If I leave the prices the same, but say on the menu that there is a 5 percent surcharge for Obamacare, customers have two choices. They can either pay it and tip 15 or 20 percent, or if they really feel so inclined, they can reduce the amount of tip they give to the server, who is the primary beneficiary of Obamacare,” he explained to The Huffington Post. “Although it may sound terrible that I’m doing this, it’s the only alternative. I’ve got to pass the cost on to the consumer.”
Metz is the owner of a company that runs roughly 40 Denny’s restaurants and several Dairy Queens. He’s also a franchisor for Hurricane Grill & Wings.
—Posted by Tracy Bloom.
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