Coffee shop raises prices 50 percent to pay employees $50K

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Andrew Woodman
Andrew Woodman
3 months ago

This just reminded me why I make coffee at home. How is removing tips and increasing prices 50% fair to the customer? When I tip I consider 25% very generous. Why would generosity be forced on an Amethyst customer? A price should be set by two things 1) what the seller wants to charge and 2) what the customer is willing to pay… if the seller charges too much less customers will be willing to pay. What if my barista doesn’t deliver a top notch experience that would otherwise command a 25% tip (not to mention actually the forced 50%..).… Read more »

mickey
mickey
3 months ago

someone is about to get a brutal lesson in the reality of market economics…

Terry Davidson
Terry Davidson
3 months ago

I now realize that some micro-business owners are suicidally destroying their zombie business so they can blame the pandemic rather than their own idiocy when the business fails. When Denver metro unemployment is 10.9%, and both fears for infection along with a work at home transition occurring; intentional destruction of her business is the only explanation for raising prices. 

Last edited 3 months ago by Terry Davidson
Sal Siraguse
Sal Siraguse
3 months ago

I do hope this works out for them but raising your prices for the specific reason of paying your employees 50K per year may not fly. I don’t think working in a coffee shop is the best career choice, it’s more of a transitional job while going to school or pursuing an acting career. If Barista is your goal in life, well then good luck!

Eric Dolo
Eric Dolo
3 months ago

Great on. Elle Taylor!! Unemployment is 10.2 % nationally, worse then the Great Depression. Commenters seem to have ZERO qualms about paying $6-7 for a Starbucks latte. And lattes are steadily making inroads @ replacing coffee. Taylor, is EXACTLY correct in two quotes. “Tipping wasn’t popular in America until it took off following the Civil War, as it was used to underpay emancipated slaves, she said. A notorious example was the Pullman Company, according to Politico.” “Hospitality businesses were built on the idea that you don’t have to pay your workers. And since that’s always been the model, no one… Read more »

Stan Murray
Stan Murray
2 months ago

I hope this is successful. Coffee’s important. Baristas invest a lot of time to become masters. They deserve to make a living wage.