HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » General Discussion (Forum) » Greedy asshat alert; and ...
Introducing Discussionist: A new forum by the creators of DU

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 09:55 AM

Greedy asshat alert; and the servers suffer so he

can profit. Here's an idea; boycott the jerk!

John Metz, Denny's Franchisee And Hurricane Grill & Wings Owner, Imposes Surcharge For Obamacare

Posted: 11/14/2012 5:28 pm EST Updated: 11/15/2012 1:07 am EST


While some business owners threaten to cut workers' hours to avoid paying for their health care, a West Palm Beach, Fla., restaurant owner is going even further. 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."

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.

As the first anti-Obamacare executive to bring up the surcharge option, Metz is "going out on a limb," Paul Fronstin, director of the health research program at the Employee Benefit Research Institute in Washington, told The Huffington Post. Still, surcharges have precedent. Fronstin pointed out that the airline industry charges fliers a 9/11 security fee.

Still, consumers have many more restaurant options than airline choices, and Fronstin speculated that Metz's move is more about politics than prices. Fronstin said that Metz and business owners, like coal company owner Robert Murray, who are blaming their extreme actions on Obamacare or on President Barack Obama himself may in fact be motivated by their own troubled business finances or political leanings.

more...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/13/john-metz-hurricane-grill-wings-dennys_n_2122412.html

9 replies, 1297 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread

Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 10:04 AM

1. i really want to thank the republican restaurant owners for making me save money and eat healthier

papa johns
applebees
olive garden
redlobster
chic filet

list goes on and the stuff i got at home looks better


Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to dembotoz (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 10:13 AM

5. Just an FYI, 3 of the 5 places you list are owned by one corporation. Darden. n/t

 

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 10:06 AM

2. OK that brings me to a thought

how about scrapping Obamacare (ACA) and implementing a Single Payer Universal Health Plan and charging a 1-3% national tax on all items except grocery store food and perscription medicals and then disallowing fuckers like this from ripping off the consumer and his employee?

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to gopiscrap (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 10:10 AM

3. regressive tax

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 10:10 AM

4. These dudes make these statements and then people stop patronizing their business.

Sounds like a real intelligent way to do business.

I suppose they'd still get the Repug business, but they're dwindling.

I'm beginning to wonder about the water down there. Strange decisions coming from that area of the US.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Frustratedlady (Reply #4)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 10:19 AM

6. "Sounds like a real intelligent way to do business."

The Repugs have their heads so far up their Butts that they will never see the light of day!

just saying!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 10:46 AM

7. Why is it business owners think only option is to pass any cost on to others? Sometimes, owners


need to take it out of their own pocket. Not always or course. But in this case, this callous asshat needs to suck it up.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 11:10 AM

8. I haven't even seen a Denny's in years...

but I am thinking that if this keeps people from going there, it's probably not a bad thing.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 11:17 AM

9. Greed is powerful stuff.

Eat less, tip more ... in cash.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread