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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Affordable Care Act finally trickles down to Gator's Dockside

Posted By on Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 2:35 PM

This American alligator had no comment on the Affordable Healthcare Act.
  • This American alligator had no comment on the Affordable Healthcare Act.

This American alligator had no comment on the Affordable Healthcare Act.

If Central Florida chain eatery Gator's Dockside is considered your last respite from the maddening politics of the day, a place where you can eat chicken wings, sip beer, and pump quarters into Mortal Kombat II without once having to consider partisan rhetoric, we've got sour news for you: ten Gator's locations in Lakeland, Lake County, and the Jacksonville area have now added a one percent fee to customer's bills to offset expenses incurred by Obamacare. What's the emoticon for a grumpy reptile in sunglasses?

"We're definitely doing it to stay afloat. It's not political in anyway," says Sandra Clark, director of operations for Gator's. "The president may have brought this agenda to forefront. It's law now and what's law made it real for us."

Clark predicts Gator's will have to foot an annual bill of $500,000 to cover the healthcare of employees, and apparently there just ain't enough jalepeño poppers on the Dockside to cover it all. Thankfully, Gator's fans in Orange, Seminole and Osceola Counties will not be oppressed by this one percent charge as locations within those borders have different corporate owners.

"I don't think it's the right thing to do because, you know, you're penalizing us," said customer Mauri Carver. "But at the same time, you have to pay employees and take care of them as well, and I totally understand that too."

Are you happy now, Obama? Customers of regional bar food purveyors are having moderate reaction to your legislation!

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