Grill & Wings Owner Tacks On Obamacare Surcharge, HuffPo Reports

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File this one under: really, really insensitive boss.

The Huffington Post reports that the owner of a Denny’s franchise in West Palm Beach is adding a new “Obamacare surcharge” to his customers’ bills. The owner, John Metz, suggests that customers consider reducing their tips to servers to compensate. HuffPo writes:

John Metz said he will add a 5 percent surcharge to customers’ bills to offset what he said are the increased costs of Obamacare, along with reducing his employees’ hours.

“If I leave the prices the same, but say on the menu that there is a 5 percent surcharge for Obamacare, customers have two choices. They can either pay it and tip 15 or 20 percent, or if they really feel so inclined, they can reduce the amount of tip they give to the server, who is the primary beneficiary of Obamacare,” Metz told The Huffington Post. “Although it may sound terrible that I’m doing this, it’s the only alternative. I’ve got to pass the cost on to the consumer.” [My bold.]

Metz is the franchisor of Hurricane Grill & Wings, which has 48 locations, five of which are corporate owned, and president and owner of RREMC Restaurants, which runs approximately 40 Denny’s and several Dairy Queen locations. He planned to use the 5 percent surcharge tactic in all his restaurants starting in January 2014, when Obamacare is fully implemented.

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  • orangegenie1

    What this stupid corporate chain forgets is that taxpayers will already be paying into this already. Too cheap to include healthcare or any benefits to the workplace? Even before the Affordable Healthcare Act? I’m glad this chain will be fined for what they’re doing. A corporate chain can well afford it. Even better, when people don’t give them a dime the time of day. There are more honest businesses that are worth our business. This corporate food chainer is a fraud and going to get what’s coming. And they’ll wonder why they think the economy is doing poorly? It is their own corporate economy that will be doomed. Nice going Grill and Wings; you fool nobody.

  • Kayla C.

    Well, there is another reason I will never frequent a Denny’s.