In what they say is not in any way a political statement, the owners of three Gator’s Dockside restaurants in Central Florida are now adding an “ACA surcharge” to customer’s bills.
The three locations in The Villages, Eustis, and Clermont, Florida have, in what is totally not in any way politically motivated, have been plastered with notifications that Obamacare has caused them to have to add an additional 1% surcharge to customers’ bills.
According to the notifications prominently displayed on doors, at tables, and even in restrooms, the benevolent “job creators” have chosen to keep full-time employees, so naturally they must pass along the additional cost to customers.
“We just want to be transparent with that cost. We want everyone to know this is what its going towards,” Clermont Gator’s Dockside General Manager Chayse Neal WKMG Local 6. “We’re not increasing costs just because. It is a fee that we’re paying.”
The owners say that the additional charge which, once again, is not in any way politically motivated or a publicity stunt, will not cover all of the additional costs. Apparently unaware that costs of doing business fluctuate, they complain that they have had to deal with additional paperwork and lament their choice to hire an outside compliance firm.
The restaurants that have chosen to add the fee say that, without it, they would have to cut employee hours. “Instead of increasing menu prices 5, 10, 20 percent or whatever we need to do, if we did a one time untaxed surcharge it would be cheaper in the long run,” Neal said.
Of course, the notices have had a negative impact on employees. According to Local 6, the General Manager confirmed that there have been “rumors” of customers withholding servers’ tips because of the notification.
Not all Gator’s are adding the surcharge. Locations owned directly by the company will not be adding the surcharge. “We chose not to do it because we know its the cost of doing business,” said Joe Foranoce, director of operations of the Baldwin Park Gator’s Dockside. “We felt we did not want to pass that surcharge or that cost on to our guests.” He told Local 6 that the chain does not plan to hide the surcharge by increasing food and drink prices, either.
Watch a news report on this “necessary” surcharge that is totally “not a political statement” below: