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Restaurant adds 'minimum wage fee' to its bills


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Restaurant adds 'minimum wage fee' to its bills

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Aug 7, 2014

A Minnesota restaurant has added a "minimum wage fee" to its customer bills, generating mixed reviews from patrons. But many of those who are not pleased with the new charge have caused a social media uproar.

The Oasis Cafe in Stillwater is now including an extra 35 cent charge on each check.

"They say it’s to offset the cost of an increased minimum wage for tipped employees," reports CBS Minnesota. "The Oasis management says they estimate the pay increase is costing them more than $10,000 a year."

According to CBS Minnesota, "The owners say if Minnesota would pass a tip credit like 43 other states have done, none of this would be necessary."

In one of many Facebook posts complaining about the new fee, a poster said, “It’s Oasis' way of blaming our government for trying to set a fair living wage. It is political grandstanding.”

Oasis' owner replied to a similar complaint on Facebook, writing, “Thumbing my nose at the law change, you’re right. Part of my thinking was to shine a light on this matter, which I truly believe is in the best interest of both my business and employees.”

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Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Philadelphia-bred journalist Julianne Cassidy relocated to be a Nashville-based digital editor for Scripps Media, Inc.