Gratuitous gratuity

More than just a mere tip:

The family got together for lunch on Saturday at The Imperial restaurant in downtown Portland. With a name like that, and the fact that they take reservations, I was a afraid it might be expensive, but it wasn’t too awful. $150 for six, with coffee, no alcohol. Because there were six of us, the bill included the tip. It also contained a 3% wellness charge. I have no idea where that came from.

I was curious enough to try to track that down, and:

From the DOC restaurant menu: A 3% health and wellness charge will be added to each check to provide health insurance and living wages for all our staff. Thank you!

Which, I suppose, might be preferable to just jacking up the price and not explaining why. Judging by the comments on that second link, though, a lot of people would prefer the jackage.


  1. Roger Green »

    21 March 2019 · 9:24 am

    This is a not-great idea. Raise your prices.
    I know menus are an expense, but =the ill will this will generate is more costly, I suspect.

  2. CGHill »

    22 March 2019 · 1:44 pm

    Maybe it’s just me, but I wasn’t filled with wrath at the thought of such things.

  3. fillyjonk »

    23 March 2019 · 5:28 pm

    I’d be less annoyed by a “wellness charge” for the “wellness of our staff” (but what Roger said) than I would be by a “hey fatty-fat-fat, you shouldn’t be eating that, so we’re taxing you for your indulgence.” That kind of “wellness fee” would pretty much ensure I never patronized that business again.

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