I see in the paper that more and more places are adding a "labor surcharge" to restaurant bills rather than raise prices. I have not seen it in the local area, yet, and I hope that I don't. As a customer, let me add my vote to the "no surcharge" crowd. You are a pro. You know what your costs are and what you need to charge. Please let me decide to come (or not), based on the food and the price, rather than a gimmick that is, IMO, really a political statement.
Surcharges can really get out of control. Years ago, when I was still in the travel biz, I often had to travel and rent a car. In Florida, the surcharges got as expensive as the basic rate. Check out these surcharges, and guess the one that I helped to get removed.
Airport concession fee 5.00
Battery disposal fee 1.00
Tire wear fee 1.00
Florida rental compliance fee 4.00
Contribution to profit fee 3.00
If you guessed the last one, you are right. I don't remember the list exactly, but IMO, it was BS.
post edited by tmiles - 2017/03/10 10:13:12