Six years ago, everything the Beemers built from scratch — the staff, the reputation, and a loyal customer base — all came tumbling down when Minnesota increased the hourly minimum wage. As any good business owner, Craig calculated how much that increase would cost him. So, he added a minimum wage fee at the bottom of each check. . . .
The first week it was implemented, they heard crickets. The next week, the family decided to go on its first vacation in several years and headed up to the boundary waters. While they were gone, one customer reacted to their bill with a strange look. They took a photo of it with the 35-cent charge and posted it online.
That’s when things got bad.
(The story has a happy ending.)