Comment of the Day: A "Bacon Increase Fee"?

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A "Bacon Fee" might not be so farfetched. Prices of the delectable meat are at an all-time high.
Our Comment of the Day post about the math of a minimum wage fee -- itself a response to our piece regarding the new minimum wage fee Stillwater's Oasis Cafe is charging customers -- got a couple readers thinking about what it'd be like if bar and restaurant owners were similarly transparent when other costs of business went up.

One reader thinking along those lines was braidedmerkin, who wins today's top comment honor with this:

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Of course, the "Emmer Theory" braidedmerkin refers to pertains to something Sixth District Republican congressional candidate Tom Emmer said during his gubernatorial run back in 2010.

Emmer, who at the time was touting a tipped worker exception to Minnesota's minimum wage, said, "With the tips [some servers] get to take home, there are some people earning over $100,000 a year. More than the very people providing the jobs and investing not only their life savings but their families' future."

Emmer, to put it charitably, was talking about the exception, not the rule. As of 2010, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the average yearly earnings for waiters is $22,730, with a typical bartender making $20,390.

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April Streich
April Streich

Kirk, your comment makes the assumption that regardless of the amount earned, it's deserved without question, no matter how little, how much, the job itself, the time it involves, and the difference in pay relative to the other employees and their jobs, time, etc. Your response misses the point of the original statement.

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

With the "skyrocketing" minimum wage we need to update the Emmer waitstaff comment. Now I am sure he'd agree that these waitpeople are raking in $100,000.35!

ChazDanger
ChazDanger topcommenter

Not too relevant to the conversation but take it as you will.
Here is the product cost for McDonalds:  http://i.imgur.com/AyliEJD.jpg

Before you get all up in arms, I do understand that there's more to the cost than just the ingredients, like labor and cost of operation, but I think this is very interesting. 

Alex Browne
Alex Browne

There are places where going through the drive through includes a tax. The thought is that you're more likely to litter if you eat in your car.

Reginald Von Schluffenstein
Reginald Von Schluffenstein

ha ha!! oh my god... Yeah, don't worry Kirk... I won't even try to convince you of anything. You're already neck deep in believing in your own superiority.

Shayne O'Neil
Shayne O'Neil

How about freedom of choice where to eat, you freakin idiots.

Ryan Siverson
Ryan Siverson

Just adjust accordingly don't make a big stink about it. Welcome to running a business. How hard is it to adjust your overhead and adjust change your prices without bothering your customers and alienating your employees? It's not.

Kirk Burback
Kirk Burback

When you bring home money from a hard days work, you consider yourself greedy? So, if you brought home less money for your "greedy" self, others would have to pay less for the services you provide? Or, does this only work for people other than yourself?

Kirk Burback
Kirk Burback

Liberals: People that prefer to have the harm caused by their own actions hidden from them.

Reed Osell
Reed Osell

I'd be in favor of businesses itemizing every cost that is imposed by gov

John Lampson
John Lampson

How about price per ingredient and if I don't want bacon on my club (fat chance), you don't charge me? P.S. I'm being facetious.

John Wolfsberger
John Wolfsberger

Does anyone remember Punch Pizza's "pine nut surcharge" a couple years ago when those things were expensive-er than they "should" be?

Reginald Von Schluffenstein
Reginald Von Schluffenstein

Why doesn't the bill list how much the owners are taking home? How much of my bill is accounted for by greed?

Stormi Kai Balise
Stormi Kai Balise

I love how the comment was written by reader "braidedmerkin." Like, that name pretty much deserves an award.

Danny Crisafulli
Danny Crisafulli

That's cost-of-goods. That's different. And bacon rocks!

Jamie Grimm
Jamie Grimm

people need to quit sucking bacon's dick.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Your "Comment of the Day" section gets dumber by the day. Ick.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@ChazDanger If it's not relevant to the conversation, what are you trying to say? You'd be happier if you stuck to blogging about pugs and homemade clothes for pugs.

toddiz2
toddiz2

Yea we should get rid of those nasty health inspectors. I trust these idiots to keep it clean.

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