A West Palm Beach, Florida, restaurant owner has said he will add a 5-percent surcharge to customers’ bills to offset what he said are the increased costs of Obamacare, along with reducing his employees’ hours.

John Metz is the franchisor of Hurricane Grill & Wings, which has 48 locations, five of which are corporate owned, and president and owner of RREMC Restaurants, which runs approximately 40 Denny’s and several Dairy Queen locations.  He said he planned to use the 5-percent-surcharge tactic in all his restaurants starting in January 2014, when Obamacare is fully implemented.  Metz said he will hold meetings at all his restaurants starting in December to discuss the surcharge and to tell employees “that because of Obamacare, we are gong to be cutting front-of-the-house employees to under 30 hours, effectively immediately.”

“If I leave the prices the same, but say on the menu that there is a 5-percent surcharge for Obamacare, customers have two choices.  They can either pay it and tip 15 or 20 percent, or if they really feel so inclined, they can reduce the amount of tip they give to the server, who is the primary beneficiary of Obamacare,” Metz told The Huffington Post.  “Although it may sound terrible that I’m doing this, it’s the only alternative.  I’ve got to pass the cost on to the consumer.”