While some business owners threaten to cut workers' hours to avoid paying for their health care, a West Palm Beach, Fla., restaurant owner is going even further. John Metz said he will add a 5 percent surcharge to customers' bills to offset what he said are the increased costs of Obamacare, along with reducing his employees' hours.His justification:
"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," Metz told 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."No, dude...it's not your "only alternative." You can be one of those "jobs creators" that doesn't fuck over his employees.
But no, like the Pizza Hut lady, this guy sees only two options: Screwing the customer...or his employees.
I mean, it's cute and everything, but seriously this shit needs to stop. Have some respect for the people who make you your living. Is that too much to ask?
This, I think, is more revealing than the guy intended:
Despite the one-two hit his employees might take with possibly fewer hours and lower tips, Metz said he is not anti-insurance. His current coverage for full-time employees costs him $5,000 to $6,000 annually, he said. "Obviously, I'd love to cover all our employees under that insurance," he said, "But to pay $5,000 per employee would cost us $175,000 per restaurant, and unfortunately, most of our restaurants don't make $175,000 a year. I can't afford it."You can't afford it? It's really going to suck when your employees cannot afford to continue working for you.
Then what? Take the Mexicans out of the kitchen and put them out front?
I swear, man, the older I get, the less tolerant I am of the lazy, greedy fuckers who run fast food empires, for many reasons. They refuse to serve quality food, refuse to fairly compensate their workers, and these places are everywhere.
To me, this commitment to crap from our fast food industry is a serious national problem on so many levels. We have unclean, poorly managed restaurants staffed by low-wage employees serving non-nutritious and bad-tasting food that comes from inhumane and environmentally suspect factory farms. It's a problem.