Woke Minnesota Restaurant Adds 15% “Equity Charge” To All Bills – Accuses Customers Of Being Racist And Sexist

(Liberty Bell) – The woke leftist lunacy continues in America. One Minneapolis restaurant has now decided to start charging customers a 15% “benefits and equity” charge because, well, customers are too racist and sexist to properly tip on their own, apparently.

Broders Pasta Bar in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has notified potential customers that they will now be forced to pay the new tax if they wish to dine at their restaurant.

As part of their justification for the charge, they say that “many states have allowed reduced minimum wages for service staff in the form of a tip credit.”

Their real issue, however, appears to be with the fact that they believe most of their customers are just racist and sexist, which they have concluded based on uncited research.

“Studies have also shown that there is inequity and built-in bias in the way consumers give tips,” the statement reads. “In general, Black or Brown servers receive less tips than Caucasian servers. There is gender bias as well.”

In the final part of their statement explaining the new tax, they claim that the new policy is a result of wider racial injustice and that the tax does not substitute for gratuity.

“In the wake of racial injustice protests and the closures due to Covid, now is the time for Broders’ to reimagine its economics and provide fair pay across the company,” the statement reads.

“Our Benefits & Equity Charge is applied entirely to employee compensation. This supplement helps us to set a $16 minimum hourly wage for customer facing employees, $18 minimum hourly wage for kitchen employees… Altogether this allows everyone in our company to earn a real living wage. The 15% Benefits & Equity Charge is not a gratuity.”

In other words, Broders wants their employees to enjoy a much higher minimum wage, as Democrats insist the federal minimum wage should be $15/hr, but they don’t actually want to have to pay their employees more.

So much for leftists insisting that consumers would never have to pay more to compensate for a higher increased minimum wage.

If anything, you have to give Broders credit for creativity. They want to be woke and they expect their customers to financially support it.

As Jonathan Miltimore, Managing Editor at FEE.org, points out:

…if Broders’ doesn’t feel restaurant workers in the back are earning enough money, there is a solution to that: pay them more. This action doesn’t require any surcharges or public lectures on systemic oppression. It only requires the restaurant to run an efficient and profitable business that allows them to pay workers a wage they believe is fair and “livable.”

He also goes on to write about how this is the perfect example of the “fixed pie fallacy” that assumes that the economy is fixed and that for the poor to do better, those who are better off must sacrifice more.

“If we assume that wealth is a fixed pie, then the more slices the rich get, the fewer are left over for the poor,” Chelsea Follett explained. “In other words, people can only better themselves at the expense of others. In the world of the fixed pie, if we observe the rich becoming richer, then it must be because other people are becoming poorer. Fortunately, in the real world, the pie is not fixed.”

Of course, Broders and other restaurants are free to add extra charges for their customers to pay in an effort to be more “equitable” but consumers also have a choice and you know the saying, “Go woke, go broke.”

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