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LA Restaurant Adds A Surcharge To Your Bill So You Can Do Their Job & Pay For Employee Healthcare!

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A restaurant in El Lay has some of its customers fah-reaking out when their bill hits the table. Because there’s an extra charge being added to everyone’s tab!

A healthcare charge!

République is asking diners to pay for their employees' health insurance costs by slipping a surcharge onto their bills!

The 3% extra may seem like a small price to pay for a healthy waitstaff, but a lot of the restaurant's regulars are NOT okay with shelling out a second tip for their server!

One Yelp reviewer argued:

"It’s not MY responsibility to take care of YOUR employees’ healthcare… that’s YOUR job!”

But the restaurant’s owner Walter Manske says anyone who doesn’t want to chip in to the healthcare costs, doesn’t have to! All you have to do it take that 3% out of whatever gratuity you were going to leave for your server!

Wait, that just means a smaller tip for them! Which is especially unfair, considering this surcharge is paying for ALL of the employee's plans: dishwashers, hostesses, chefs, EVERYONE!

Under President Obama's Affordable Care Act, businesses like République, that have over 50 full-time employees, are required by law to provide affordable healthcare benefits. Manske claims this is the only way he can comply with those new rules.

What do YOU think Perezcious readers?

Is health insurance worth it or are these servers getting SCREWED out of their hard-earned money??!

Sound off!

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25 comments to “LA Restaurant Adds A Surcharge To Your Bill So You Can Do Their Job & Pay For Employee Healthcare!”

  1. Dr. Remulak says – reply to this


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    Sounds like the owner is a cheapskate. Healthcare should be free anyway.

  2. Becky says – reply to this


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    Uh, half the restaurants in San Francisco charge 4% healthy SF fee in addition to gratuity. And the 4% is for health care for the staff. This is not a new concept - and helps an industry that often goes without healthcare.

  3. marg aussie says – reply to this


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    It would be better accomplished by doing it the australian way. Medicare levy is added to the individuals tax each year. A scale is used according to income.

  4. Dingbat says – reply to this


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    In northern California this is been happening for months now, if not a year.

  5. Daniel says – reply to this


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    This is just another way that fortunate people can abandon the idea of humanity and ditch their obligation to take care of those who cant do for themselves. If the owner of this restaurant had to take a in depth test on how to run his business on the level, he woud fail like most other restaurant owners who leach and steal off the broken backs of their employees. You want a Civil War and a new American Revolution? Keep this up and don't cry when the bullets start flying. If that was my boss I would seriously consider knocking him the F out and going on unemployment. Enough is enough America. Man up and take some responsibility already. Restaurants don't work with just owners working in them. Keep it up and all restaurants will be lost to this ignorance. Can you hunt and fish and grow your own food 1 percenters. You better learn cause the times they are gonna be a changing.

  6. duilama says – reply to this


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    Perez Hilton, just so you know, I have unsubscribed you because I found your moving pictures very annoying! Bye bye bye!!!

  7. Shannon says – reply to this


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    Re: Daniel – Couldn't agree more!



  8. 8

    really stupid

  9. Rob says – reply to this


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    Let's see…you'd be in jail on assault charges and that boss would be hiring one of a myriad of applicants who will do the job because they need one.

  10. DuhMonkey says – reply to this


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    This place is just being upfront about the cost of healthcare. When companies/business have increased expenses they up the product price to offset the expense. So either way your going to pay more for that service cause it now costs them more to make the same product. They just put the increased cost out there for everyone to see and were honest about it, instead of quietly raising prices like most businesses will.

  11. JayBoo says – reply to this


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    unfortunately the problem here is not with the owner but with Obamacare. If the owner didnt add on the extra 3% he would probably be going out of buisness (although Obamacare is not in effect yet for small businesses so the 3% really souldnt be on there yet unless he is just trying to save up some money for when the time comes). Obamacare is leaving small businesses with very little options. For people like this store owner who has over 50 full time employees, he will either have to get his full time employee count down under 50 by firing people or reducing their hours to part-time or be faced with an astronomical fine. His other option, and what MANY buisnesses will unfortunately have to do, is close down.

    On a positive note, the start date for Obamacare going into effect for small businesses has been postponed to 2016 which means we will have a new president in office who can hopefully repeal this joke that is Obamacare.



  12. 12

    Re: marg aussie

    It's the same here in Canada. You pay for your healthcare through your taxes, based on your income level. The have-nots obviously don't pay nearly as much, if any, but can still walk into any hospital without worrying that they or their children cannot afford the treatment they need. There's a lot of countries that have this system, and run it successfully. Yes, we pay a lot more taxes than the average USA resident, but when you need that help, it's there. It's very much worth it to me and I can't imagine NOT having universal healthcare. Perhaps Obamacare isn't perfectly laid out yet, and likely needs tweaking, but from where I stand, it's at least a step in the right direction.

  13. doesitmatter says – reply to this


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    JayBoo - This is not a "small business". They have more than 50 employees. I bet they are probably making money off of this. 3% of every single order? If they upped prices by the 3% then essentially the employees could get a larger tip (15% on total of bill) but instead they are making minimum 3% less. That's pathetic.

  14. marie says – reply to this


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    50 employees is still a small business. I own a bakery that between my web staff, bakers, decorators, drivers, book keeping and counter staff I have just over 50 people working full time. If I offer healthcare I would go under in 3 years leaving 50+ people unemployed. I have chosen to fire 11 employees instead and take 4 other positions to part time in late 2015. Further expansion and hiring will be a non option because of the increased cost. Not to mentioned if minimum wage goes up to 15+ an hour I'll have to lay off 50% of my counter staff. I cant afford to pay the people running my cash register the same amount I pay someone who went to pastry school to learn a trade. It wouldn't be fair to the people who worked hard to gain an education to earn a better hourly. Neither of these things are viable options for job growth. Im not a 1% as an owner. My head baker at my main kitchen makes more than I do now because honestly, hes more important to keeping those 50+ people employed than me. We all need to look long term with these things. We need realistic options because this all sounds nice, but it will cost jobs and devalue education and training people have worked for and earned so they can make less than the minimum.

  15. tx says – reply to this


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    Like all increase of costs for business the cost of the health care should be reflected in the price of the product being sold. Raise the cost of your items up a bit to make up for it. Nobody would say a thing if items increased a dollar or less. Owners who are adding this as a fee are trying to make a point that their customers will see.
    Get over it, in the long run you will have a healthier society to live in.

  16. mks says – reply to this


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    they don't even have to buy their employees health insurance until 2016!! where is that money going in the meantime?

  17. @v@ says – reply to this


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    If you don't like this, just speak with your feet.

  18. DALEK says – reply to this


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    ridiculous. Restaurateurs already make their profits off the backs of their wait staff. For shit's sake, nearly all waiters make $3-$4 an hour and expect them to live off of tips. How about they take the fcking money they save by NOT paying their staff in first place and pay for their insurance… selfish pricks.

  19. Charlene Heron says – reply to this


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    I think its a disgrace in 2014 you dont have free healthcare for all in the US.
    The UK manages it, Canada list goes on. But there is more money in health insurance. Thats what the Washington lobbyists are about Money.

  20. kate says – reply to this


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    Re: JayBoo – I don't think they would. From earlier reviews it sounds like they have a management issue and they are one of the more pricier places to eat with in LA. Maybe if they focused on better food and service people wouldn't bitch about the health care charge or in their case maybe they wouldn't need to add it. Either way it's the businesses decision how to handle it no one else.

  21. Charlene Heron says – reply to this


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    I think its a disgrace in 2014 you dont have free healthcare for all in the US.
    The UK manages it, Canada list goes on…



  22. 22

    Re: Daniel – You must be smoking crack! How on earth are fortunate people obligated to take care of those who can 't do for themselves?! Back in the day those who were too irresponsible to take care of themsleves depended on the generosity of others or went to debtor's prison or the poor house. Those with mental deficiencies ended up in the asylum if they didn't have family to take care of them. That's the problem today, the only ones expected to do anything are those who have worked hard and earned what they have, they are now expected to take care of all of these slackers who don't want to do anything for themselves and expect others to take care of them.

  23. Shanaenae says – reply to this


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    Re: JayBoo – You're a fucking idiot. Employers aren't required to do this until 2016. If you're going to make a comment like this, at least know what you're talking about. I mean, you really look like the ignoramous you actually are now.

  24. Joni says – reply to this


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    That is so ridiculous, I can't believe that he is allowed to do that. It is his responsibility to cover them.

  25. m says – reply to this


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    US has a lot more people than Canada and UK -
    Canada has an outrageous wait list to be seen and UK care going bankrupt.
    There was a reason people from all over the world ams to US for care.
    We WERE the best - but with all new regulations - will be hard to stay that way.

    Check out the news story on what Seattle Childrens Hospital is doing to actually care for kids who need the best.