remember this quote: “We paid the surcharge, we just didnt leave a tip….” said the tourist from Massachusetts while discussing the new surcharge San Francisco restaurants are forced to initiate in order to stayopen…
When will restaurant lobbyists realize whenever government gets involved in the running of the nation’s restaurants it costs everyone money – especially the employees of the restaurant. This not only happen on a national level, it also occurs on the local scene where small owners often have little time to fight, protest, rant or vote against soon to be adopted legislation.
Most restaurant associations across the country are simple lobbying groups that try – hard as they might – to keep governmental hands out of the culinary business. They work their ways with state and national legislators attempting to make sure everyone gets a fair shake. For the most part, they fall short of their goals on a regular basis.
You can see this everywhere you look: In New York City, Trans fats are a no-no. Foie Gras is also on the banned list in
And, if you pan to
How is that possible, you ask? Simply put, politicians know very little about business or the ramifications a move on their part will cause those who do know about business.
Take the health insurance fiasco in
The program provides that in order to be exempt from making payments to the city for the program, medium-sized businesses with 20 to 99 workers must spend $1.17 per hour per employee on health insurance and larger businesses must pay $1.76 per hour.
Of course, the waiters of the
Wrong. In recent months, many operators in the city have decided to add a monetary service fee to cover the health insurance costs. IN a recent conversation with a tourist group, one of the visitors asked why there was a $3.00 surcharge- per person- added to their final bill.