Diners in one California restaurant were trying to enjoy family dinner, and were shocked to find a surcharge at the bottom of their receipt – all because the restaurant was trying to break even after the minimum wage in California was raised to $15 an hour.
“KSWB reports that Julian Gallardo was eating pizza with his family at Liberty Station Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza in San Diego, California, when he received a surprise on his bill,” says Opposingviews.com. The restaurant says that it charges the extra $3.00 to offset labor costs now that the minimum wage has spiked.
“I wasn’t told there was going to be an extra charge on my ticket. They should’ve told us or put up a sign out front saying ‘hey we’re charging an extra percentage,'” said Gallardo.
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According to the California Department of Industrial Relations, the state’s minimum wage is set to rise every Jan. 1 until the year 2023, where it will settle at $15 per hour. Every full-time employee in the state must be paid at least minimum wage, or else they can file a wage claim against their employer and collect back wages due, plus any penalties and fees.
Liberty Station, owned by the Cohn Restaurant Group, is just one of many restaurants around San Diego to include the additional 3 percent charge.
“The surcharge works better than raising prices and helps offset additional operating expenses,” said David Cohn, who is in charge the Cohn Restaurant Group. “It’s something being done all over the country.”