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Optional Restaurant Fee for Employee Healthcare at Lotus of Siam

Discussion in 'Restaurants & Buffets' started by smartone, Nov 23, 2019.

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  1. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    Totally agree with this.
     
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  2. TrewBrew

    TrewBrew I may be right, I may be Crazy.

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    Put the cost of business in the price of your product or take the hit. It kind of shows bad business management that you forgot one of your biggest expenses when determining your cost of goods sold.

    Although when it snows I may add a $5 parking lot plow fee to all my customers from now on;)
     
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  3. Breeze147

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    I think I should charge anyone who sits around me a 5% Entertainment Fee.
     
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  4. notfromconcentrate

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    I mean, it's effectively part of your donation to the cause. If you donate $100 and pay $110 for the campaign's benefactor to net $100, the alternative scenario is that you'll donate $100 and they'll net $90. GFM, like any organization, has overhead costs to pay for. So wouldn't you agree that it's kind of unbecoming for them to collect the fee from the campaign organizer, when these are often small-scale fundraising initiatives in which every dollar usually counts?

    I agree it seems strange to ask the donor. But I actually quite like the approach because it helps the campaign reach its goal faster and more simply without having to worry about what their net proceed are after having to pay fees.
     
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    Kisby High-Roller

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    I wonder if places will do away with these things and lower prices once we all get "free" health care!
     
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    I would pay 7%, your humour is worth it.
     
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    Love Thai food and I've always meant to visit this place, not now. Run your business like a business, don't make me feel bad and belittle the employees like they are charity cases.
     
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    I love Lotus of Siam, but will NOT pay this fee. I think it’s unprofessional and very tacky for them to do this. Just raise the prices a few bucks if it’s such a big deal, but don’t guilt your customers into paying an additional fee.
     
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  9. bubbakitty

    bubbakitty Doing retirement again and happily so....

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    AND you could pass the hat too as most wouldn’t put 2&2 together. :rolleyes:
     
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  10. Electroguy563

    Electroguy563 Over-Fried Gambler

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    I went back and looked over the article again. It looks like the fee is charged upfront and that you can request to have it removed.

    Why not make it a TRUE option by having the customer elect to pay it if they want to? Why the fuck do you AUTOMATICALLY add it to the bill?
     
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    5% price increase with no explanation, no problem.

    3% tacked onto the bill, with an explanation and the option to remove, everyone loses their minds.

    I don't understand.
     
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    Basically it is not a 3% fee to help the employee. The business is paying the insurance anyways. The 3% goes to the business bottom line. The excuse that it is paying for the employees insurance is a joke and to make the customer feel guilty and pay it.
     
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    After thinking this through, I would not patronize a place that does that.... just my dva zlotys
     
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    Maybe I should ask them to take 5% off the bill so I can afford my health insurance
     
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    I wouldn't pay it, but at least they are being quasi-transparent about it. However, they should add verbiage that it's optional and customer discretion as well.

    Why wouldn't you just raise they prices a little and call it even?
     
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    {press play}Ya know, as long as the economy remains strong, things like this will continue.{press stop}{press rewind}{wait for a similar topic to come up}
     
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    Will not go there again. I pay my employees benefits, and in down years do not pass this on to my clients.

    They need to know the cost of labor prior to pricing their product. They also need to learn to vote with their wallets, or vote in a manner that is beneficial to them, and their employees. Not do this guilt and shame after the fact.

    Lastly, if they were caught by surprise, they should just eat it like I do, and do what most smaller employers do on a regular basis without calling attention to it.

    In the case of this place, I’ll vote with my wallet. I suspect their employees would be better off someplace else.
     
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    First thing that comes to my mind is why didnt the owner take this into account when setting menu prices. This reeks of chicken shit "feel good about yourself" guilt tripping of customers. No thanks.
     
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    ... and more importantly, once they do that they can BRAG about how they provide it as a benefit to their employees to justify those higher prices, just like Starbucks does.

    In both cases, the customer ultimately pays for it. In the subject situation, it's a slightly tacky decoupling scheme for the base prices to remain artificially low.
     
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    FABismonte Tell my wife I am "about even."

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    Perhaps Lotus of Siam should post a URL in their menu so we can see their audited profit and loss statements for the last 5 years so customers can verify if their profits, including return on equity, and expenses can truly support augmented healthcare costs. After all since customers are being called to contribute to a particular expense, we should look at all their books
     
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