ACA SurchargeIt appears that Florida restaurant chain Gator’s Dockside has found a unique way to cope with the expected $1/2 million in costs that compliance with the ACA will cost their business.  
Rather than slash their full-time workforce, the chain has decided to pass the ACA tax onto customers directly via a 1% ACA surcharge on all bills. 

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ACA Surcharge

From CNN:

Several restaurants in a Florida chain are asking customers to help foot the bill for Obamacare. Diners at eight Gator’s Dockside casual eateries are finding a 1% Affordable Care Act surcharge on their tabs, which comes to 15 cents on a typical $15 lunch tab. Signs on the door and at tables alert diners to the fee, which is also listed separately on the bill.


The Gator Group’s full-time hourly employees won’t actually receive health insurance until December. But the company said it implemented the surcharge now because of the compliance costs it’s facing ahead of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate kicking in in 2015.


“The costs associated with ACA compliance could ultimately close our doors,” the sign reads. “Instead of raising prices on our products to generate the additional revenue needed to cover the costs of ACA compliance, certain Gator’s Dockside locations have implemented a 1% surcharge on all food and beverage purchases only.”


The company employs a total of 500 people, with about half working full-time. Currently only management receives health benefits, but the restaurant will have to offer coverage to all full-timers once the mandate takes effect. The fee will allow the company to continue offering full-time hours to many workers, according to Sandra Clark, the group’s director of operations.


I’m just trying to keep the employees I have that I’ve worked hard to train,” Clark said.


In addition to the costs of providing health care, the company hired one additional staffer and a consulting firm to make sure it is complying with the law and to assist in the additional tracking of workers’ hours and wages required by Obamacare, said Clark.


Clark is not sure how much the company is spending on compliance, but estimates that it will cost $500,000 a year to extend insurance to its full-time hourly restaurant workers. The surcharge may bring in about $160,000 a year, she hopes.

How long until we see the first major grocery store retailer such as Walmart or Kroger (who have too large of employee bases to slash all full-time workers to part time) decide to follow Gator’s Dockside’s lead?

h/t ZH


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  1. “The Gator Group’s full-time hourly employees won’t actually receive health insurance until December. But the company said it implemented the surcharge now because of the compliance costs it’s facing ahead of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate kicking in in 2015.”

    What a stupid and unthoughtful political statement. If they didn’t want to tick off and lose customers they would just include it in their prices like most merchants.  I predict they will reverse their protest soon as all conservatives will stop eating there in short order.

    • Sounds like the type of restaurant that would refuse service to blacks and gays based on religious beliefs.

  2. Whether under guise of Collectivism or even real, genuine ‘Mom and apple pie’ Capitalism, all tax (and regulation) is melded into the prices of goods as business expense. So, the best course is to shrink government into its absolute simplest minimum possible size, to reduce taxation (cost of living) for investment into as much productive capacity as markets demand.

    In plain terms, size of government equals degree of societal impoverishment.

  3. Imagine if The Gator Group’s menu said “You have to order it before you see what’s in it” and “You have to eat it before you know how much it costs”. At least someone has the fortitude to be honest and tell us exactly what they’re charging us and why.
    It only takes an extra $0.15 on my lunch bill to get insurance to all the The Gator Group employees? My tip would be 15 times more than that. That actually seems like a very small price to pay to get insurance to all those workers.

    • “It is not my responsibility to pay for other people’s health insurance.”
      IT IS NOW… or soon will be, just like it is already your responsibility to pay for older folks retirement costs via SS.  Not saying that this is right, fair, or a good idea, just that it IS.  :-/

    • Just because you have to pay for others health care doesn’t mean its your responsibility.  It means you live in a country where your freedom and money is being stolen from you.

    • Ed_B … “IT IS NOW… or soon will be”
      It was, the instant certain presumptions were assumed as rote.
      “The only reason, I believe, that a free man is bound by human law, is, that he binds himself.” –Chisholm v, Georgia, 2, Dall 440, 455. (1794)

      “The United States Government is a foreign (municipal) corporation with respect to a state.” Volume 20: Corpus Juris Secundum, (P 1785: NY re: Merriam 36 N.E. 505 1441 S.Ct. 1973, 41 L. Ed. 287)

      Unless the defendant can establish that he is not a citizen of the United States, the IRS possesses authority to attempt to determine his federal liability.” United States v. William M. Slater, (D. Delaware), 545 F. Supp 179, 182 (1982)

  4. My electric bill has a dozen or so line item additions for this tax, that tax, fee, or assessment.  I calculated that even if I turned off all my electrical appliances my bill would start at $100 just for the privilege of being connected to the power grid.  Expect I’ll soon being seeing a new line item charge for ObamaCare.

  5. there are 21 new taxes attached to Obamacare.   ‘We need to pass this bill to find out what’s in it.’  
    Yeah!   There’s another one like this with Cabela’s showing ACA taxes on receipts.
      I do not need any product or service so much as to pay for this inexecrable POS wealth and income extraction.
     I will go without or pay cash and make sure the management knows my plans.
    But then, most of my purchases cause me to pose the usual question
    “Can we exclude the governor from this conversation’
     It works nearly every time
    Creating tax outlaws where ever I go. Yeah baby!
    Buck Ofama. Guck the Fuverment. Buck the F-IRS   Buck ’em all.  

    • I’m with ya AGXIIK!

      I pulled all my fiat out of the bank in case the try and give me a “haircut”

      I’ve been stacking like mad since I found this site and mining BTC since before. 
      Why should I pay a penalty tax if I don’t want to play in their system? 
      Given the police militarization in the state of Florida, I rarely leave the house and when I do I don’t go very far. Luckily for me it’s only a mile and half to my local grocery.
      I am so sick of government interference I want out of the system. PERIOD.
      As long as FPL & Comcast get my cash every month and I’m connected, leave me alone.  

    • @AGXIIK
      “Buck Ofama. Guck the Fuverment. Buck the F-IRS   Buck ‘em all.”

      Yep!  And the knock-kneed sway-backed flea-bitten tick-infested nag with bad teeth and a mangy coat they rode in on too!  lol

    • @hayduke
      “Like Fiat has any intrinsic value?”
      No, it doesn’t, but then, it DOES have short-term value.  Go into any business in the US that is open for public business and wave some fiat around.  They will get you anything they have that you want in trade for it.  Someday, this is likely not to be the case but for now, it is.  Fiat is for spending… and quickly too… while gold and silver are for saving.  🙂
      Bitcoins?  Well, that coin-flip is still spinning in mid-air.

  6. Considering how difficult it is to survive in the restaurant business these days, this does not look like anything that will help with that.  
    Personally, I am not a restaurant fan and neither is my wife.  My wife and I can cook up anything we want and do it better, cheaper, and cleaner than any restaurant.  Never got food poisoning at home.  Have had it twice at two different “restaurants”.  Am on the verge of swearing them off, permanently.  Did that with bars about 40 years ago, which has worked VERY well.  🙂

    • @hayduke
      Me, bitter?  No.  Just PO’d at the general state of things these days and all the B$ that gets shoveled our way.  
      I worked in 2 restaurants many years ago… when I was in high school.  They were OK jobs.  It taught me some useful things, the most important of which was that I did not want to be doing that kind of work for the rest of my life.  But it was a good place for a kid with no skills to start.

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