- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 7, 2014

The owners of a Minnesota restaurant have begun tacking a 35-cent “minimum wage fee” onto their customers’ tabs after the state implemented its first wage hike in five years.

The Oasis Café, in Stillwater, is getting bombarded online with negative reviews after the owners started charging a tax to offset the costs of an 75-cent increase in the minimum wage.

“If you need to raise prices, so be it,” Ryan Stegeman, a University of Minnesota student, wrote in a one-star review hidden by the administrator of the Oasis Café Facebook page, The Huffington Post reported. “But to blame it on a fair minimum wage law is petty.”

“You’re essentially blaming customers for the increase when you charge for it the way you do,” another customer wrote on Facebook.

Another wrote: “Hope those 5 conservative republicans who are going to drive in from out of state to spend 20 dollars on your food one time is going to be worth losing all of the rest of your business from this political stunt.”

A local CBS affiliate caught up with patrons at the restaurant who mostly said they didn’t have a problem with the charge.

“For a small business, I think that’s an OK thing, but if you are a larger company and you have the money and you’re just greedy and you don’t want to pay it yourself, then that’s a whole other story,” Markie Babcock said.

Oasis managers says they estimate the pay increase is costing them more than $10,000 a year, the station reported.

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