Waffle House charges 20% security fee
The bill at one location in Atlanta includes a surcharge to keep customers safe.
The surcharge is only at the Waffle House in the Underground Atlanta shopping center, a place so sketchy that Yelp reviewers say you should only go there if you're in the mood for a fistfight, a palm reading, fake gold jewelry or an aggressive shakedown for spare change. Don't bring a lot of cash, don't make eye contact with anyone and don't show fear, reviewers advise.
There's only one 24-hour establishment in that shopping area: the Waffle House. Which brings us back to that 20% fee. It helps pay for an off-duty Atlanta police officer to work at the restaurant seven days a week, the company told NBC News.
Waffle House tried to put a positive spin on the fee, calling it a "property management surcharge." But that caused some confusion, spokesman Pat Warner told NBC News. So the restaurant decided just to tell it like it is.
Other restaurants might simply roll the security fee into menu prices. But there are so many Waffle Houses in Atlanta that people would surely notice the higher fees at the Underground location, the company told NBC.
Why would people continue to spend their money in places like this... oh, okay the food is great.
Waffle House has this dead right. They should charge a security fee if they have to hire a Policeman to guard the place 7 days per week. I'm not familiar with this area but if people in the neighborhood like to eat there and others in the neighborhood persist in making it unsafe then someone has to pay. In general it's the neighborhood that pays.
This fee is no different than other taxes WH has to pay - IE: real estate taxes, payroll taxes, Medicare, Soc Sec, utilities, state tax, city tax, and on and on.
You can't have it both ways. I've witnessed businesses go out of business b/c of the neighborhood they were serving. This is why business moves out. They provide a service to a community and the community HATES them for it. Soooooo - either pay up or WH will move out. This isn't difficult to figure out. Maybe the tide is changing :)
Good times, good times!
I have not been to Atlanta in 40 years, but curious if the area is mostly occupied by Africans?
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