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Customer stunned after spotting 'employee health' charge on restaurant bill

Sunday, 19/05/2024, 21:59 (GMT+7)

Ashley Nicole was puzzled after spotting an unexpected "employee health" charge on her restaurant receipt.

Restaurant receipt reveals surprising 'employee health' charge

Nicole and her friend decided to dine out at Osteria La Buca, one of her favorite Italian restaurants in Los Angeles

The meal was enjoyable, but the surprise came when they received the check.

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Woman surprised by 'employee health' charge on restaurant receipt. Image Credits: @ashnichole_xo/TikTok

Ashley Nicole, a TikTok user baffled after noticing an 'employee health' charge on her restaurant bill.

This unexpected discovery led her to share her experience on Tiktok questioning its purpose.

Nicole shared her confusion on TikTok, asking her followers if such a charge was common.

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Ashley Nicole shares her reaction on TikTok after spotting the charge. Image Credits: @ashnichole_xo/TikTok

She admitted, "I’ve never heard of that before, ever. Is it a normal thing or is this weird because I’ve never experienced this before and it feels weird, but maybe this is normal elsewhere. Let me know ’cause I’ve never seen this before.”

In the footage, Nicole revealed the mysterious charge after examining the receipt.

Nicole noticed a 5% 'Employee Health' charge under the $42 New York steak.

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Receipt reveals 5% charge for 'Employee Health' under meal expenses. Image Credits: @ashnichole_xo/TikTok

This additional charge amounted to nearly $5, which left Nicole and her friend perplexed.

Perplexed by the unfamiliar fee, Nicole approached the hostess for clarification.

After the incident,  Nicole decided to inquire about it with the restaurant staff.

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Confusion leads Nicole to seek answers online about the charge's prevalence. Image Credits: @ashnichole_xo/TikTok

She approached the hostess and asked about the 'Employee Health' charge. The hostess explained that the charge was for the staff's healthcare.

The video quickly went viral on social media and sparked debate.

In the comments section, many shared their thoughts about this incident, sparking a debate about the responsibility of businesses in contributing to employee healthcare.

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The incident prompts Nicole to question the commonality of such charges, expressing her bewilderment online. Image Credits: @ashnichole_xo/TikTok

One person said : That's to pay for counseling employees need after dealing with rude, entitled people who scream and yell at them, berate them for the smallest things. 

A second wrote: Everyone here that has bought something has paid into the healthcare of that business employees; it may just be obscured by not being an individual charge and rather reflected by higher price items/services. 

While a third commented:  The restaurants that aren’t putting it on the receipt are just having to raise the cost of everything else, either way it’s a wash and we have to pay it because it’s required for the employer.

Another added: Since the pandemic they have been adding all types of charges as they raise prices and lower standards and service.

The employees better be serving my food doing lunges if I’m paying for their health… Someone else added.

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According to the New York Times, these charges emerged in 2008 due to San Francisco legislation, impacting businesses with over 20 employees. Image Credits: Getty

According to the New York Times, such charges began appearing in 2008 when an ordinance passed in San Francisco required businesses with more than 20 employees to set aside money for healthcare.

The federal Affordable Care Act only mandates this for employers with 50 or more employees, often excluding smaller businesses like those in the hospitality industry.

The incident raises questions about transparency in billing and the awareness of customers about such charges.

This incident serves as a reminder for customers to scrutinize their bills and for businesses to clearly communicate any additional charges to their customers.

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