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2020-05-13 10:45:21 PM  
So do you tip on top of that or just leave a new bottle of Purell on the table?
 
2020-05-13 10:53:07 PM  
Omg, just raise the farking price by a quarter, stop with the stupis line item surcharges.
 
2020-05-13 10:54:41 PM  
Stupis? Wtf autocorrect?

Who designed this stupis thing?
 
2020-05-13 11:13:45 PM  
"All I'm saying is, when we split the cheque three ways the steak-eater picks the pocket of the salad-man."
 
2020-05-13 11:16:23 PM  

Joe USer: Omg, just raise the farking price by a quarter, stop with the stupis line item surcharges.


'In an interview with a local TV station, Kiko manager Sarah Sherwood said the price of meat and seafood has almost doubled. But the increased prices are temporary. If ingredient prices go down so will menu prices.'

So they should not have the prices printed on the menu is what your suggesting? Or, perhaps they should have the menu's reprinted as the price of meat and seafood fluctuates weekly? I'm sure they can afford that right?
 
2020-05-13 11:43:18 PM  
Gee, it's as if Trump was lying his ass off when he promised that opening up the economy would make everything magically return to the status quo ante.  Dumbucks are farking astounded at his failed magic act.
 
2020-05-14 2:19:40 AM  

no_tan_lines: Joe USer: Omg, just raise the farking price by a quarter, stop with the stupis line item surcharges.

'In an interview with a local TV station, Kiko manager Sarah Sherwood said the price of meat and seafood has almost doubled. But the increased prices are temporary. If ingredient prices go down so will menu prices.'

So they should not have the prices printed on the menu is what your suggesting? Or, perhaps they should have the menu's reprinted as the price of meat and seafood fluctuates weekly? I'm sure they can afford that right?


Laser printer menu. Use the same printer that they're using to inform people of the line item fee that changes weekly.
 
2020-05-14 6:39:00 AM  
The charge is fine if it was disclosed up front - maybe a note taped onto the menu ("A 5% fee is added to all orders due to extra costs incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic"). An extra $2 isn't going to break me, and restaurants are struggling everywhere.

If it comes as a surprise when I get the bill, I'm going to be pissed off because it's a farking shady practice. I'd still pay it (see above regarding $2), but I wouldn't go back.
 
2020-05-14 6:40:03 AM  
Want to include a surcharge for COVID-19 costs? Fine, as long as you're explicit about it before I sit down or make reservations or drive through to get food at your business.

no_tan_lines: Joe USer: Omg, just raise the farking price by a quarter, stop with the stupis line item surcharges.

'In an interview with a local TV station, Kiko manager Sarah Sherwood said the price of meat and seafood has almost doubled. But the increased prices are temporary. If ingredient prices go down so will menu prices.'

So they should not have the prices printed on the menu is what your suggesting? Or, perhaps they should have the menu's reprinted as the price of meat and seafood fluctuates weekly? I'm sure they can afford that right?


Did they notify diners in advance, before ordering? Is there a sign, prominently displayed, which reads "we may add a 10% surcharge (or whatever the percentage is) to your bill to offset COVID-19 costs?"

If yes, then, no problem. If no, then, fark off.

The issue, at least for me, isn't the surcharge, but the surprise. Abso-farking-lutely nothing on a bill should be a surprise to the customer.
 
2020-05-14 6:40:46 AM  

eKonk: The charge is fine if it was disclosed up front - maybe a note taped onto the menu ("A 5% fee is added to all orders due to extra costs incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic"). An extra $2 isn't going to break me, and restaurants are struggling everywhere.

If it comes as a surprise when I get the bill, I'm going to be pissed off because it's a farking shady practice. I'd still pay it (see above regarding $2), but I wouldn't go back.


This, exactly. I won't patronize a restaurant that doesn't explicitly tell me what it's going to cost to patronize them.
 
2020-05-14 6:41:24 AM  

Joe USer: Stupis? Wtf autocorrect?

Who designed this stupis thing?


Stupis is just the plural of stupi.
 
2020-05-14 6:44:05 AM  
Menus. Another gross thing everyone is touching. Put your stuff online or in an app and you'll never need to print or distribute hard copies of menus. Super easy to adjust prices without making yourself look like a jackass.

I'll be honest though, I'm probably never eating in a restaurant again, or it will be a very limited thing and it will probably be takeout if so. We used to eat out at least once or twice a week and it was a fairly large part of our monthly household spending. I just see that as something that will go away for the most part and not be missed.
 
2020-05-14 6:48:00 AM  

stan unusual: Gee, it's as if Trump was lying his ass off when he promised that opening up the economy would make everything magically return to the status quo ante.  Dumbucks are farking astounded at his failed magic act.


Drink!
 
2020-05-14 6:53:06 AM  

powhound: Menus. Another gross thing everyone is touching. Put your stuff online or in an app and you'll never need to print or distribute hard copies of menus. Super easy to adjust prices without making yourself look like a jackass.


And the poors without Internet-connected computers in their pockets will just have to pay whatever the restaurant owner feels like!  [monocle-laughing.gif]
 
2020-05-14 6:54:01 AM  
Hey, they could charge them $5 a month to be seated 15 minutes earlier than everyone else and to see all the items that didn't make it on the menu.
 
2020-05-14 6:55:11 AM  
I've got a friend who owns a restaurant. She made a Facebook post about the raising price of beef and that she would have to raise the price of her burgers. Zero complaints. Trying to sneak in a charge and especially calling it by the C word is courting anger and overreaction.
 
2020-05-14 7:01:15 AM  

MagSeven: I've got a friend who owns a restaurant. She made a Facebook post about the raising price of beef and that she would have to raise the price of her burgers. Zero complaints. Trying to sneak in a charge and especially calling it by the C word is courting anger and overreaction.


Yeah, coont charges are the worst...
 
2020-05-14 7:01:32 AM  
I completely understand what they're doing. Rather than raise the price of a kiko roll to $13.00, they're putting an adjustable surcharge on so that they can make quick changes to their pricing to reflect on price changes for meat and produce. Great idea for their bookkeeping. Really stupid idea for marketing. Especially since half this country thinks it's a plot to undermine the government and or take away their constitutional right to not wear masks and arm bears. A lot of places did a fuel surcharge back during the days of $6/gallon gas. That backfired horrifically. I guess people didn't learn. Just raise your price and leave it alone. It's going to be months, if not years, for things to stabilize. There's no point in adding fuel, special cleaning, inconvenience fees, etc. It only serves to piss off everyone. Look at McDonald's. They used to charge $5 for a meal, now it's $7. They raised their prices for fuel and never brought them back down. A Hershey bar used to be .50, now they're $1.19 due to fuel. We just got used to paying it. People biatch for a few weeks and then move on. Doing the right thing is frequently the wrong thing.
 
2020-05-14 7:08:21 AM  

Dork Gently: powhound: Menus. Another gross thing everyone is touching. Put your stuff online or in an app and you'll never need to print or distribute hard copies of menus. Super easy to adjust prices without making yourself look like a jackass.

And the poors without Internet-connected computers in their pockets will just have to pay whatever the restaurant owner feels like!  [monocle-laughing.gif]


I have it under good authority that poor people have been distributed Obama Phones. Probably way better than my iJunk.

Menus are still gross. The first thing a lot of people do is go use the restroom before they even look at the menu. Little bit of ball cheese, little bit of ass funk, then touch the door handle on the way out picking up everyone else's ball cheese and ass funk. Then page through the menu, running their fingers up and down each page.

Yeah, no thanks.
 
2020-05-14 7:09:44 AM  
Who do they think they are, a telecom?
 
2020-05-14 7:16:37 AM  

Joe USer: Laser printer menu. Use the same printer that they're using to inform people of the line item fee that changes weekly.


I agree.  Every menu should be printed out, only used once, and thrown out.
 
2020-05-14 7:17:50 AM  

powhound: Dork Gently: powhound: Menus. Another gross thing everyone is touching. Put your stuff online or in an app and you'll never need to print or distribute hard copies of menus. Super easy to adjust prices without making yourself look like a jackass.

And the poors without Internet-connected computers in their pockets will just have to pay whatever the restaurant owner feels like!  [monocle-laughing.gif]

I have it under good authority that poor people have been distributed Obama Phones. Probably way better than my iJunk.

Menus are still gross. The first thing a lot of people do is go use the restroom before they even look at the menu. Little bit of ball cheese, little bit of ass funk, then touch the door handle on the way out picking up everyone else's ball cheese and ass funk. Then page through the menu, running their fingers up and down each page.

Yeah, no thanks.


Restaurants are cesspools of germs anyway, especially in the dining room area. Any 'interactive' element like video games or pool tables just increases the number of surfaces where germs can accumulate. I did discover one conspiracy though; the elderly have known the world is full of death and disease but have been hoarding that knowledge!
https://www.aarp.org/health/condition​s​-treatments/info-03-2011/8-germiest-pl​aces.html
 
2020-05-14 7:18:24 AM  

MagSeven: I've got a friend who owns a restaurant. She made a Facebook post about the raising price of beef and that she would have to raise the price of her burgers. Zero complaints. Trying to sneak in a charge and especially calling it by the C word is courting anger and overreaction.


This. Family runs a restaurant (and a shuttered catering business).  They are still doing takeout and modify the price of the meals themselves when prices rise and not this check markup BS.

Made-up surcharges and fees is why people hate car shopping.
 
2020-05-14 7:19:27 AM  

powhound: Menus. Another gross thing everyone is touching. Put your stuff online or in an app and you'll never need to print or distribute hard copies of menus. Super easy to adjust prices without making yourself look like a jackass.


What is with the "make an app" BS?  I don't want to link my phone to your business anymore than I have do and there is do way I'm downloading your "free" app from either walled garden.

Make it a web page (without the tracking BS)
 
2020-05-14 7:26:45 AM  

DON.MAC: powhound: Menus. Another gross thing everyone is touching. Put your stuff online or in an app and you'll never need to print or distribute hard copies of menus. Super easy to adjust prices without making yourself look like a jackass.

What is with the "make an app" BS?  I don't want to link my phone to your business anymore than I have do and there is do way I'm downloading your "free" app from either walled garden.

Make it a web page (without the tracking BS)


Dude I don't care. Just want to minimize the public touch interface. Put the menus under glass tabletops like some restaurants do. But you are being tracked everywhere you go. Don't worry the NSA has that part covered. :)
 
2020-05-14 7:30:32 AM  

Snarfangel: Joe USer: Stupis? Wtf autocorrect?

Who designed this stupis thing?

Stupis is just the plural of stupi.


Isn't stupi the plural of stupus?
 
2020-05-14 7:31:00 AM  

Joe USer: no_tan_lines: Joe USer: Omg, just raise the farking price by a quarter, stop with the stupis line item surcharges.

'In an interview with a local TV station, Kiko manager Sarah Sherwood said the price of meat and seafood has almost doubled. But the increased prices are temporary. If ingredient prices go down so will menu prices.'

So they should not have the prices printed on the menu is what your suggesting? Or, perhaps they should have the menu's reprinted as the price of meat and seafood fluctuates weekly? I'm sure they can afford that right?

Laser printer menu. Use the same printer that they're using to inform people of the line item fee that changes weekly.


Menu reprint fee        $0.11
 
2020-05-14 7:31:06 AM  
large chalkboard with updated pricing. problem solved

no one needs to touch it, you can update on the fly and its low tech
 
2020-05-14 7:40:53 AM  

powhound: DON.MAC: powhound: Menus. Another gross thing everyone is touching. Put your stuff online or in an app and you'll never need to print or distribute hard copies of menus. Super easy to adjust prices without making yourself look like a jackass.

What is with the "make an app" BS?  I don't want to link my phone to your business anymore than I have do and there is do way I'm downloading your "free" app from either walled garden.

Make it a web page (without the tracking BS)

Dude I don't care. Just want to minimize the public touch interface. Put the menus under glass tabletops like some restaurants do. But you are being tracked everywhere you go. Don't worry the NSA has that part covered. :)


This is also the reason all mass transit needs to die
 
2020-05-14 7:41:42 AM  
the wife and I went out Mother's day and the restaurant had a QR code on the table and bar for accessing the menu.
 
2020-05-14 7:44:06 AM  
Screw the measly surcharge, who got the 12$ Southern Belle roll ? That was you wasn't it Natasha... girl!
/pointless outrage just to be outraged and feel justified
 
2020-05-14 7:50:16 AM  

mayochamp: powhound: DON.MAC: powhound: Menus. Another gross thing everyone is touching. Put your stuff online or in an app and you'll never need to print or distribute hard copies of menus. Super easy to adjust prices without making yourself look like a jackass.

What is with the "make an app" BS?  I don't want to link my phone to your business anymore than I have do and there is do way I'm downloading your "free" app from either walled garden.

Make it a web page (without the tracking BS)

Dude I don't care. Just want to minimize the public touch interface. Put the menus under glass tabletops like some restaurants do. But you are being tracked everywhere you go. Don't worry the NSA has that part covered. :)

This is also the reason all mass transit needs to die


Absolutely not. That would have terrible consequences. Changing the way we do menus would not.
 
2020-05-14 8:03:15 AM  

thurstonxhowell: mayochamp: powhound: DON.MAC: powhound: Menus. Another gross thing everyone is touching. Put your stuff online or in an app and you'll never need to print or distribute hard copies of menus. Super easy to adjust prices without making yourself look like a jackass.

What is with the "make an app" BS?  I don't want to link my phone to your business anymore than I have do and there is do way I'm downloading your "free" app from either walled garden.

Make it a web page (without the tracking BS)

Dude I don't care. Just want to minimize the public touch interface. Put the menus under glass tabletops like some restaurants do. But you are being tracked everywhere you go. Don't worry the NSA has that part covered. :)

This is also the reason all mass transit needs to die

Absolutely not. That would have terrible consequences. Changing the way we do menus would not.


Wait, so it's not about health then, gotcha
 
2020-05-14 8:13:50 AM  

no_tan_lines: Joe USer: Omg, just raise the farking price by a quarter, stop with the stupis line item surcharges.

'In an interview with a local TV station, Kiko manager Sarah Sherwood said the price of meat and seafood has almost doubled. But the increased prices are temporary. If ingredient prices go down so will menu prices.'

So they should not have the prices printed on the menu is what your suggesting? Or, perhaps they should have the menu's reprinted as the price of meat and seafood fluctuates weekly? I'm sure they can afford that right?


Meh it's a lie.  Your product costs double and you raise prices 5%?  Get some stickers for the menu.
 
2020-05-14 8:15:04 AM  

FormlessOne: eKonk: The charge is fine if it was disclosed up front - maybe a note taped onto the menu ("A 5% fee is added to all orders due to extra costs incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic"). An extra $2 isn't going to break me, and restaurants are struggling everywhere.

If it comes as a surprise when I get the bill, I'm going to be pissed off because it's a farking shady practice. I'd still pay it (see above regarding $2), but I wouldn't go back.

This, exactly. I won't patronize a restaurant that doesn't explicitly tell me what it's going to cost to patronize them.


Too much like a hospital
 
2020-05-14 8:17:34 AM  

Dork Gently: And the poors without Internet-connected computers in their pockets will just have to pay whatever the restaurant owner feels like!  [monocle-laughing.gif]


If you're too poor to afford a smartphone in 2020 you're also too poor to be eating at most restaurants.
 
2020-05-14 8:33:43 AM  

mayochamp: thurstonxhowell: mayochamp: powhound: DON.MAC: powhound: Menus. Another gross thing everyone is touching. Put your stuff online or in an app and you'll never need to print or distribute hard copies of menus. Super easy to adjust prices without making yourself look like a jackass.

What is with the "make an app" BS?  I don't want to link my phone to your business anymore than I have do and there is do way I'm downloading your "free" app from either walled garden.

Make it a web page (without the tracking BS)

Dude I don't care. Just want to minimize the public touch interface. Put the menus under glass tabletops like some restaurants do. But you are being tracked everywhere you go. Don't worry the NSA has that part covered. :)

This is also the reason all mass transit needs to die

Absolutely not. That would have terrible consequences. Changing the way we do menus would not.

Wait, so it's not about health then, gotcha


It's about the best way to proceed as a society, dingus.
 
2020-05-14 8:40:40 AM  
Should have just called it "Service Delivery Fee" and called it a day.  When asked, you could point to the extra cost of things due to the troubled times we live in.

Sometimes less information is more appropriate in terms of deflecting follow-ups.
 
2020-05-14 8:43:38 AM  
I'm okay with this, although they should notify up front that there is a X% temporary fee due to short term additional costs in the supply chain. Calling it a Covid Fee is great, because they can not charge it past the current epidemic. This isn't a huge chain making bank off a pandemic, this is a small shop trying to keep the doors open in a way that is as transparent as possible.
 
2020-05-14 9:07:47 AM  

no_tan_lines: Joe USer: Omg, just raise the farking price by a quarter, stop with the stupis line item surcharges.

'In an interview with a local TV station, Kiko manager Sarah Sherwood said the price of meat and seafood has almost doubled. But the increased prices are temporary. If ingredient prices go down so will menu prices.'

So they should not have the prices printed on the menu is what your suggesting? Or, perhaps they should have the menu's reprinted as the price of meat and seafood fluctuates weekly? I'm sure they can afford that right?


Plus the prices are stored multiple places, some of which restaurants pay outside contractors to change. Printed menus, website menus, menu boards behind a counter, the point of sale system, and various delivery services. A surcharge makes sense, as long as it's prominently disclosed.

I'd guess "Temporary supply cost surcharge" would have been less triggering, since COVID is a religious or political belief to many Americans. Like I'd be miffed if I saw "Kingdom of God tax" on my bill.
 
2020-05-14 9:15:52 AM  

Joe USer: Stupis? Wtf autocorrect?

Who designed this stupis thing?


Joe Covfefe.
 
2020-05-14 9:17:04 AM  
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2020-05-14 9:23:08 AM  

FormlessOne: eKonk: The charge is fine if it was disclosed up front - maybe a note taped onto the menu ("A 5% fee is added to all orders due to extra costs incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic"). An extra $2 isn't going to break me, and restaurants are struggling everywhere.

If it comes as a surprise when I get the bill, I'm going to be pissed off because it's a farking shady practice. I'd still pay it (see above regarding $2), but I wouldn't go back.

This, exactly. I won't patronize a restaurant that doesn't explicitly tell me what it's going to cost to patronize them.


And that is why you and your ilk can stick to eating at Mcdonalds.
Seriously this pandemic is going to raise prices of EVERYTHING.
 
2020-05-14 9:23:33 AM  
West Plains, MO?

No wonder they're upset, they probably think all this COVID-19 stuff is fake news. They're the ones that fall for that Plandemic garbage.

The Ozarks is a beautiful place but the majority of people there are on a diet of Fox News and Jesus.
 
2020-05-14 9:31:56 AM  

Permanent Solutions For Permanent Problems: Dork Gently: And the poors without Internet-connected computers in their pockets will just have to pay whatever the restaurant owner feels like!  [monocle-laughing.gif]

If you're too poor to afford a smartphone in 2020 you're also too poor to be eating at most restaurants.


But, they can use their SNAP card at the restaurant. LOL
 
2020-05-14 9:36:34 AM  

Mrtraveler01: West Plains, MO?

No wonder they're upset, they probably think all this COVID-19 stuff is fake news. They're the ones that fall for that Plandemic garbage.

The Ozarks is a beautiful place but the majority of people there are on a diet of Fox News and Jesus.


Don't forget the meth.
 
hej
2020-05-14 10:17:45 AM  
I've really been pleased with being forced to cook at home the last couple of months.  It's long overdue and I've always hated how much I spent dining out all the time.  Things like this will just make sticking with that even easier.
 
2020-05-14 10:22:49 AM  
The price of meat has just gone up
and your old lady has just gone down.
 
2020-05-14 10:22:55 AM  

stan unusual: Gee, it's as if Trump was lying his ass off when he promised that opening up the economy would make everything magically return to the status quo ante.  Dumbucks are farking astounded at his failed magic act.


Big swing, aannnnnnnnnnd a miss.
 
2020-05-14 11:23:57 AM  
Idiots. if you just raised your prices the worst you would get is some grumbling adding a damn covid surcharge was the stupidest way you could have handled it.
 
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