Restaurant charging customers a ‘minimum wage’ fee
STILLWATER, Minn. – Customers of a restaurant in Minnesota are starting to see a new fee added to their bill.
Restaurant owners added the fee because of the minimum wage increases.
Owners of the Oasis Cafe say they had no choice but to add a 35 cent fee to each customer’s bill.
They say it is needed to offset the cost of giving 12 hourly employees a raise.
Some customers were upset about the change.
One person wrote on social media, “You’re essentially blaming customers for the increase when you charge for it the way you do.”
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, 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!”
While some customers are fuming, others didn’t even notice the change.
Many eating at Oasis today say it’s not a big deal to pay a little extra to keep a small business afloat.
“Independents got to stay alive. You got to do what you got to do and if it’s fair,” said Rob Felt.
Oasis management says they estimate the pay increase is costing them more than $10,000 a year.
“You want people to make more money but on the other hand, you also want more people employed,” said one customer.
“For a small business, I think that’s an okay thing but if you are a larger company and you have the money and you don’t want to pay it yourself, then that’s a whole other story,” said Markie Babcock.