Some people want to believe that a minimum wage increase magically creates wealth without cost and really get angry when they are forced to confront reality. For example…
A small cafe in Stillwater has thrown itself into the big battle over Minnesota’s minimum wage increases, inundating the cafe with dozens of phone calls and online comments this week after it tacked on a 35-cent fee to meal tabs.
Oasis Cafe owner Craig Beemer said the fee is needed to offset the 75-cent wage hike that took effect Aug. 1, the first time Minnesota’s minimum wage has increased in a decade. Even with only half a dozen servers, Beemer says it will cost him $10,000 more a year to pay servers $8 an hour instead of the federal rate of $7.25 an hour. Instead of adding it on to food prices, he added the “minimum wage fee” — the only restaurant known to do so in Minnesota so far.
It’s set off a firestorm of debate on Facebook and in the east metro community, with one customer calling the cafe Wednesday to demand a refund and others taking to Facebook to encourage people to boycott the roadside cafe.
The only difference between the Stillwater Cafe and every other restaurant in Minnesota is that the Stillwater itemized price increases caused by the mandatory wage increase. Every other restaurant just quietly raised the prices of menu items. Leftists prefer their lunch with a big serving of delusion.
People are angry at the Stillwater because they prefer to have the cost of wage increases hidden, delude themselves into believing that price inflation doesn’t exist and that increases in minimum wage magically create more wealth. The Stillwater Cafe is denying them their fantasy.