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Minnesota restaurant charges ‘minimum wage fee’ after state wage hike

A Minnesota restaurant has added a 35 cent “minimum wage fee” to its bills after the state’s minimum wage was raised Friday.

“We’re just doing what we have to do,” Craig Beemer, the owner of the Oasis Cafe in Stillwater, told the Star Tribune. A spokesperson for Oasis Cafe could not be reached by the Post.

The move prompted more than 200 comments on a post about Huevos Rancheros on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

“I’d gladly absorb a price increase to make sure my waitress/waiter was making a more livable wage, but I won’t patronize a restaurant with your attitude,” wrote Chuck Smith-Dewey. ”

Any increase in wages applies to all your competitors too, so you are not at a disadvantage by treating your workers well.”

Others were supportive of the fee.

“We will be making the drive to come and support your business,” wrote Lisa Poulson Slobodian. “Bravo for pointing out where the price increase is coming from.”

Minnesota raised its minimum wage to $8 an hour for large employers and $6.50 an hour for small employers beginning Friday, and will see two additional increases the next two years. Following Minnesota’s hike, Arkansas, Georgia, and Wyoming are the only three remaining states with minimum wages lower than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. Five additional states do not have their own minimum wage.

Hunter Schwarz covers the intersection of politics and pop culture for the Washington Post



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