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Restaurants Add Temporary Fees to Your Food Bill to Offset Macroeconomic Pressure

Restaurant checks now come with fees for everything from ‘kitchen appreciation’ to ‘wellness’.
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Image from Romano’s Macaroni Grill website, yellow highlight and title by Mish

Image from Romano’s Macaroni Grill website, yellow highlight and title by Mish

The Wall Street Journal reports Restaurants Add New Fees to Your Check to Counter Inflation

Fees for a “noncash adjustment,” “fuel surcharge,” or “kitchen appreciation” have been showing up on more bills lately. Industry analysts say this wave of surcharges is mostly being driven by restaurants trying to cope with the impact of rising inflation and a tight labor market on their bottom lines. In addition, Mastercard and Visa in April raised transaction fees for many merchants.

Lightspeed, a global developer of point-of-sale software, said fee revenue nearly doubled from April 2021 to April 2022, based on a sample of 6,000 U.S. restaurants that use its platform. The number of restaurants adding service fees increased by 36.4% over the same period. 

Fee Examples

  • Romano’s Macaroni Grill added a "temporary $2 fee to offset macroeconomic pressures".
  • Saltie Girl added a “kitchen appreciation fee” 
  • Ally Restaurants adds a “wellness fee” of 3% and is considering upping that fee to 5%
  • Other stores are adding supply chain surcharges, non-cash adjustments, and fuel surcharges. 

What About Verizon?

Don’t forget Verizon’s $2.20 Economic Adjustment Charge on its wireless plans.

Don't Worry, It's Temporary!

Inflation is sure to go away after Biden decreases inflation by giving away free child care, free tuition, cancels student loan debt, increases sanctions on Russia thereby eliminating supply of goods, builds windmills all over the desert, and forces everyone into electric vehicles with a questionable supply of lithium for batteries, while jacking up lumber and solar panel tariffs to create union jobs in the US.

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The above is nicely offset by tapping the strategic oil reserves to lower the price of gasoline by a few pennies per gallon and also by raising taxes on companies that will allegedly not raise prices in response.

If, that sounds ridiculous, it's because it is ridiculous. But that's Biden's plan to reduce inflation. 

In case you missed it, please see my Hoot of the Day: Biden Plans to Pay Down National Debt.

The amazing thing about Biden's plan is that not only will all this free stuff lower inflation, it will also allow government to pay down the national debt.

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