San Francisco is one of my favorite eating cities. During the last trip in December, I ran into an extra charge for "employee benefits."
Most of the money is supposed to go to employee health care. In asking random customers and employees, no one had a real sense of where the money was going.
San Francisco is a city willing to set its own standards. This is the city that regulated the nutrition value of a "happy meal" for a toy to be included. So a 4% tax to help improve the lives of employees isn't much of a stretch.
Your bill is very explicit as to the charge. If you miss this, you aren't looking at your receipt. Or the signs on the menu. Or the signs at the counter.
Chances are if you are in San Francisco, you are the kind of person who is willing to contribute this money. However, you could be on a business trip and be freaked out by this charge.
So is this tax a big deal or the cost of a decent society? Let us know what you think in the comments section.