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Eating out is expensive because of the restaurant tax ranging from 8% to 11% then add in
15% or more for tip and you double your bill, almost. Cities ask residents if they want their
taxes to go up or to raise the restaurant and hotel tax, guess what they vote for. I have see
half dozen restaurants either close or "burn down" in our town. You would think the city would
lift the tax but they think it has nothing to do with it, I do. Then ad your drink into the bill,
two bucks for ice tea! Drink water its free but some restaurants are catching on and tell you
to buy a bottle of water for a buck fifty. We ate at a Chicago restaurant down town and the
waiter wanted more than 20% tip because he tossed the tossed salad, that was fun but
we never went back. Food prices are up because diesel fuel is up it has caused inflation in
everything. Then they use our corn for ethanol which reduces mpg and damages the engines
of almost everything and they want to add more.
And MSNBC eats it up.
So the cost of meals has been rising dramatically for years because:
Bans are considered on sugary drinks and Styrofoam containers in some cities – well, then why have prices gone up in other cities where those bans are not considered?
Calories are published on some menus – so why is food more expensive in my local diner with no calorie counts anywhere?
Rising minimum wage and paid sick leave – US labor laws have always been in effect and have not yielded such great increases in prices. Why now?
Credit card swipe fees – right, those must make or break a food joint and justify doubling the price of a small meal. But what about cash paying customers?
I do not think any restaurant is forced to increase prices due to lack of comprehensive immigration reform in Congress, or because of taxes on corn as the author claims. They raise prices simply because they can. Nowadays everyone is always on the go; this rush lifestyle forces people to eat out, so restaurants take advantage of the situation to make more money. When they begin losing customers they will stop.
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