Minimum Wage Reality: Restaurant Charges Extra to Cover Expense

When a business starts losing more money to its employees, it must charge more for goods and services or else cut the number of employees. Politicians increase the minimum wage knowing this, but also hoping that the changes will be hidden. They want the people who get extra money to thank the government without asking why prices are now higher. They also want the people who lose a job or who can’t find a new job to not consider that this is a “government benefit.”

Minimum wage law depends on subterfuge and scam.

[See also, “Even if Minimum Wage Worked You Would be Stupid to Strike for It.”]

The Minnesota politicians recently interfered even more in the local economy by raising the minimum wage. One restaurant refused to hide the damage. According to the local CBS station:

People eating at a Stillwater restaurant Tuesday noticed a new fee added to their bill.

Owners of the Oasis Cafe are charging a 35 cent minimum wage fee. They say it’s to offset the cost of an increased minimum wage for tipped employees.

Customers have mixed reviews about the new fee.

For some, the thought of charging customers this fee sent them to social media to vent.

“You’re essentially blaming customers for the increase when you charge for it the way you do,” one customer wrote on Facebook.

Another said: “It’s Oasis way of blaming our government for trying to set a fair living wage. It is political grandstanding.”

Oasis owners fired back on Facebook, saying: “Thumbing my nose at the law change, you’re right. Part of my thinking was to shine a light on this matter, which I truly believe is in the best interest of both my business and employees.”

Many eating at Oasis on Tuesday said it’s not a big deal to pay a little extra to keep a small business afloat.

“I don’t take issue with it really,” Jordan Felt said.

The Oasis management says they estimate the pay increase is costing them more than $10,000 a year.

Increasing the pay is not an act of punishment on the part of a restaurant. It is an act of punishment inflicted by lawless legislators. And accusing the management of the Oasis of “grandstanding” amounts to a barked order: “Shut up and stop disturbing my economic fantasy.”