Citizens are being forced to step over used hypodermic needles and human feces in the streets in San Fransisco, CA, but chefs at restaurants who hope to battle the effects of the weather (“man-made climate change”), are asking the customer to agree to pay an extra charge, to fix what they consider a pressing issue.
After 20 years of envelope-pushing changes to grow government and ease law enforcement, the once-shining City by the Bay has turned into a place where:
Property crime runs amok
An online map is needed to track human feces on city streets
Discarded syringes are common sightings
Public urination is so widespread it has damaged subway elevators and escalators, building walls and power poles
Don’t lose heart, you may have to step over human feces to get inside, but restaurants in Nancy Pelosi’s overtaxed hometown of San Fransisco are now giving you the opportunity to spend more for your meals and help with a more serious issue.
Fox News reports – As part of an initiative aimed at combating climate change, restaurants will have the option to adhere to the Restore California Renewable Restaurant program and add a one percent surcharge to diners’ bills. The extra money will go to support environmentally friendly farming practices.
Though the surcharge is voluntary for both restaurants and customers, Anthony Myint – owner of popular Mission Chinese restaurant in San Francisco’s Mission district, and founder of the non-profit Perennial Farming Initiative responsible for the new program – has been adding a 3 percent carbon neutral surcharge for the past six months and raised nearly $20,000, according to local reports.
“This issue of climate change, is obviously massive and future generations don’t have the chance to opt out,” Myint said to KTVU. “We as chefs want to do the right thing and shopping organic and at farmers markets doesn’t really feel like enough.”
Myint, who told KGO that it costs each diner at Mission Chinese about 10 to 15 cents to offset the restaurant’s carbon use, said 25 restaurants around the world are contributing to carbon neutral programs. The new initiative will take it one step further and raise money for farmers to move away from chemical pesticides and adopt more sustainable practices.
This is not the only upcharge facing diners who plan on eating out.
More and more restaurants across the country have added surcharges to patrons’ checks to help cover the cost of health insurance and paid sick leave.
The extra fee is most common in San Francisco due to the “Healthy SF” or “SF Mandates” ordinance, which passed in 2018.
Diners in San Francisco, however, might be the most familiar with the concept, as many restaurants have included an “SF Mandates” or “Healthy SF” charge to checks, following an ordinance that requires employers of businesses with at least 20 employees to set aside money for health insurance, paid sick time or parental leave, as detailed in a 2018 San Francisco Chronicle article.
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Earlier this year, the owners of Fat Rice in Chicago instituted a 4 percent surcharge to cover costs including employee health care, according to the Chicago Tribune. Another nearby restaurant, Daisies, added a 2 percent surcharge in 2017, CBS Chicago reported.
As of October 2018, two sets of restaurant owners the Minneapolis area, who oversee a total of at least 11 restaurants, had instituted “health and wellness charges” to help offset the cost of employees’ health plans, according to WFMY.