Restaurant Charges Patrons a ‘Minimum Wage Fee’

A restaurant in Minnesota opposes the state’s new minimum wage hike, and the writing is on the receipt, according to reports from Today Show.

The report continues from news breaking last week at the Oasis Café in Stillwater, Minnesota, who started slapping a 35-cent “minimum wage fee” on all customers’ bills after Minnesota upped the minimum wage on August 1 for the first time in nearly a decade.

The new minimum wage for smaller employers is now $8.00 per hour, up 75 cents from the $7.25 federal minimum wage. The breakfast-all-day café has listed the fee on patrons’ receipts below subtotal and tax.

The café has received mixed reactions on Twitter and their Facebook page. One user commented, “Hard to stomach the food when it’s served in a restaurant that fights so hard to make sure their employees can’t earn a living wage.”

Owner Craig Beemer has defended his decision, telling the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that the increase in wages will cost the restaurant nearly $10,000 more annually.

-Rebecca Ungarino

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