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April 23, 2014 at 7:05 PM

$15 minimum wage would result in reduced server wages, quality of service

Paul Tong / Op Art

I’m a college-educated fine-dining restaurant server in Seattle. I oppose a $15-per-hour wage [“$15 wage — and tips, too?” Page One, April 21].

I feel it’s already too high as it is — evident in the high prices you find on your menu items to cover the cost. Restaurants operating on a 4 percent profit margin flat-out can’t afford a 32 percent increase in labor costs. To recoup this increased wage, my restaurant has said it would need to add a “service charge” that it could then put toward the increased labor costs.

I would work just as hard so

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