STILLWATER MN - The Daily Signal is reporting about how a small-town cafe ignited a firestorm of controversy that has engulfed Minnesota.
On Aug. 1, the state bumped the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8 an hour. A few days later, Stillwater Oasis quietly added a corresponding 35-cent “minimum wage fee” to customer receipts.
The company’s Facebook page became ground zero of the debate as hundreds of Minnesotans voiced their support and opposition to the surcharge.
Posting a picture of her receipt, Amanda Gutierrez lambasted the cafe for making its employees take the fall. “Shame on you,” Gutierrez wrote, for making employees “look like the bad guys.”
Cafe owner Craig Beemer replied that the surcharge compensates for the increased minimum wage. According to Beemer’s estimate, the minimum wage hike will cost his business more than $10,000 per year, an expense “which has to be offset by an increase in revenue in order to operate profitably.”