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Waffle House smothers
customers with security
surcharge at Underground location

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, by Ernie Suggs

Original Article

Posted By:Ribicon, 2/16/2013 4:16:44 PM

Myrtice White and Cynthia Delaney took MARTA from their jobs at Peachtree Center to Underground Atlanta to do what has become a tradition for many Southerners – breakfast at Waffle House. The excitement ended when the bills came. “Normally, this is about $10,” White said. “I just spent $16.” Delaney shows off a cup of grits and a sandwich. $8. “This is a $5 meal,” Delaney said. “I think the prices are high. But I would rather pay more if it means I am going to be safe.” The Underground Waffle House opened with great fanfare in 2009, bringing one of the city’s favorite restaurants to the

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Weapons are prohibited on MARTA public transit (unless law has changed), so patrons are barred from providing their own security against rampant felons who ignore the law.

Good idea to itemize components of costs, though. Imagine if every receipt listed out 15% for Obamacare, 19% for bloated public pensions, 28% for federal regulatory burdens, 35% for tax burden, etc.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: john56, 2/16/2013 4:36:34 PM     (No. 9180525)

What else is new ... if there´s a McDonalds at the airport, the prices are jacked up because the airport authority (governmment) gets a cut.

If there´s a Pizza Hut at the sports arena, don´t expect the advertised specials because ... guess what -- the team and the stadium authority (government) gets another cut.

Why wouldn´t the transit authority (government) do the same, of course calling this added tax buried in the price the cost of "security."

I´m gonna guess that the employees earn the same or perhaps oh-so-slightly more than employees at another "non-secure" location. Might cost a little more for parking and you pay the poor sops a little more because they are solid enough to clear a background check, but that´s it.

The money goes to the government in the final accounting.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: razorx22, 2/16/2013 4:37:31 PM     (No. 9180528)

Alls dem Norwegians cauzing truble n sheet!!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: thelmalou, 2/16/2013 4:38:19 PM     (No. 9180531)

I call it a stupid fee. Anybody stupid enough to go down there ought to have to pay 20% extra just on principle.


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Reply 4 - Posted by: Keekng, 2/16/2013 4:52:44 PM     (No. 9180561)

The Atlanta Underground was a nice place 20+ years ago, then the baggy pants thugs wif da caps on sideways moved in.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Javelin, 2/16/2013 5:02:56 PM     (No. 9180582)

Where is Obama? Why wasn´t this in his State of the Union address?
Frankly, I have no sympathy for people who eat grits - voluntarily.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: pickle1, 2/16/2013 5:52:38 PM     (No. 9180644)

If they the prices for Starbucks, they will pay for this. PR has invaded their minds.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: lakerman1, 2/16/2013 6:21:44 PM     (No. 9180688)

#4, allow me to disagree.
I attended a conference at the Peachtree Plaza Hotel in1977. Maynard Jackson was the mayor, gave a rousing welcoming speech to the 2000 attendees, encouraged us to check out downtown Atlanta, and, especially, Underground Atlanta.
So a work mate and friend of mine accompanied me to Underground Atlanta, and we were both somewhat frightened. (I´m a former football player - lineman - and she had a black belt in karate. Neither of us were easily frightened.)
So we picked our way through a phalanx of those Atlanta residents who were begging money, and made it to Underground, to find that there was nothing there except more mendicants and one candle maker. (the former governor, with his Pickwick restaurant, had given up on Underground, and moved to the suburbs.)
So I would not, even with my 38 special in my pocket, go back to downtown Atlanta. Ever.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Fiesta del sol, 2/16/2013 6:21:58 PM     (No. 9180689)

#1, how right you are about the up charges at the stadiums. In most cases, the taxpayers are already footing the bill for the privilege of having a pro team, then we have to pay $6 for a slice of Pizza Hut!

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Reply 9 - Posted by: volksford, 2/16/2013 6:35:06 PM     (No. 9180703)

Remember this is Atlanta... The city too busy to hate. At least that´s what the pc infested MSM told us during the Olympics

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Reply 10 - Posted by: volksford, 2/16/2013 6:42:10 PM     (No. 9180707)

That´s Pickrick # 7 owned by Lester Maddox who was sorta choosy about the clientele he served.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: realrep, 2/16/2013 8:48:00 PM     (No. 9180801)

Let´s change the pace for a moment of redneck humor. You know you are a redneck if you ever slow danced in a Waffle House.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: tommyr, 2/16/2013 8:54:35 PM     (No. 9180808)

The security surcharge will hurt the waitresses who get a large share of their pay via tipping.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Keekng, 2/16/2013 10:38:42 PM     (No. 9180851)

Well, #7, we all have experiences. As for the Underground, it has had its ups and downs. In the early 90´s it was okay to visit.....during the day, that is the best testimonial I can give. No white person in their right mind would go there after dark.

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