Big League Politics

June 24, 2021

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In the latest episode of radical leftist insanity, some restaurants have recently been adding ‘equity’ charges on their patrons’ bills to supposedly fight oppression.

Broaders Pasta Bar in Minnesota, considered by many to be a local gem, is one of those such restaurants. A notice to customers can be found on their website informing them of a recently implemented 15 percent “benefits and equity” charge.

The restaurant justifies this by claiming “studies” have shown that customers are racist and sexist, thus necessitating the charge.

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

Broader’s website went on to explain that the forced tip is actually not gratuity at all, and really is just a bare minimum in helping achieve a “living wage” of at least $16-$18 depending on the position.

“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.”

Another bit of reasoning given for the restaurant’s “equity” charge pointed out that “states have allowed reduced minimum wages for service staff in the form of a tip credit.” The statement reads a little confusingly, as Minnesota is not a state that allows for reduced wages in the service industry to occur.

Some other restaurants have followed a similar suit, with North Carolina’s Pizzeria Toro recently announcing its 20 percent Living Wage Fee on the grounds that it’s the “equitable” thing to do.