Atlanta Waffle House Adds 20% ‘Safety’ Surcharge

by Nate Wooley | February 20, 2013 10:26 am

[1]A Waffle House restaurant in Georgia is charging its customers for better security.

The restaurant — located in Atlanta’s Underground shopping complex — is attaching a 20% surcharge to each bill, reports Atlanta Business Chronicle[2]. The money goes toward paying for off-duty Atlanta police officers to provide security and safety at the restaurant. The guards have been in place since 2008 and cost the restaurant about $160,000 per year.

“We’re excited about being in downtown Atlanta and investing in the Underground. We want to ensure the safety of our employees and customers. In an effort to be proactive, we are being upfront and adding a 20% surcharge to help offset the cost of private security,” says Pat Warner, vice president for Waffle House.

The restaurant informs patrons about the charge when they site down and signs are on display.

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