having survived the riots and the Chinese Wuhan Virus, an upscale pasta restaurant in Minneapolis has decided to seal its doom by forcing customers to pay an extra “equity charge.”
On its website, Broders’ has a notice to customers notifying them of a new 15 percent “benefits and equity” charge they’ve instituted. They justify the charge, first, by explaining that “many states have allowed reduced minimum wages for service staff in the form of a tip credit.”
For the record, this is a fifteen percent charge on top of the tips they expect to receive. See if you can guess why the equity charge exists…
The restaurant’s second justification is that many tippers are racist and sexist, according to 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.”
I’ve been saying this since I started a blog, but it’s absolutely true. I don’t believe in tipping; I believe in over-tipping. A few months ago, I had lunch with a poster at AOSHQ. He left the tip, but afterward, I gave the waitress another $20 to thank for them being open during the pandemic. So take your overgeneralizations and stick them up your arse.
The final part of the statement says the new policy stems from wider racial injustice and is not a substitute for gratuity.
Really, this upscale restaurant which is almost always crowded suffers from racial injustice? I wonder how many minorities work there, and how often are they derided for their skin color by fellow Minnesotans? My guess is zeeo.
I wholeheartedly supported my local restaurants during the pandemic, because it was a sin that most of them had to temporarily close. That said, I sincerely hope the people of Minneapolis boycott Broders, and it has to file bankruptcy; the owners, the cooks, and the wait staff.