"Labor Surcharge"

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tmiles
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2017/03/10 10:04:08 (permalink)

"Labor Surcharge"

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
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    MetroplexJim
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    Re: "Labor Surcharge" 2017/03/10 10:19:49 (permalink)
    When gasoline shot up to $4+/gallon my landscapers asked for a few bucks extra. 
     
    Later, when the price dropped to under $2 no rebate or 'roll-back' was offered.
     
    In the restaurant biz labor costs are typically <15%, so even a 30% increase in wages would increase the cost structure by 4% or so.  I'm willing to bet that the "labor surcharges" are quite a bit in excess of that.
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    Wintahaba
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    Re: "Labor Surcharge" 2017/03/10 10:44:31 (permalink)
    "labor surcharge"=cost of doing business. If you can't absorb it...close up. Like Jim said..if they are rolling in it they don't LOWER prices.
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    Foodbme
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    Re: "Labor Surcharge" 2017/03/10 23:04:53 (permalink)
    Doesn't matter what they call it, it's still money out of your pocket into there's!
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