A Florida restaurant is being forced to pass their healthcare expenses onto customers.
Sandra Clark, Director of Operations at Gator’s Dockside, told WRDQ that the restaurant is now adding a one percent surcharge to every customer’s bill to help pay for all 500 full time employees’ healthcare.
"Affordable healthcare is part of the cost of doing business. We’re definitely doing it [adding the surcharge] to stay afloat…," she explained.
The restaurant group expects to pay up to $500,000 a year for its workers’ healthcare, but it does not expect to come close to recouping that recovering that.
WRDQ reported that Gator’s Dockside customers have had mixed reactions to the surcharge.