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The Daily BeastMay 29, 2020
The Latest Coronavirus War Is the ‘COVID-19 Surcharge'
Courtesy of Brian BensonAt Bootleggers BBQ, a stick-to-your-ribs smokehouse that usually draws crowds from around Missouri, the coronavirus pandemic has decimated sales. Even with expanded hours, the restaurant is doing approximately 40 percent of its usual business, according to owner Brian Staack. So when the price of meat doubled in his area, Staack did what several local businesses had done: He implemented a flat, 5 percent "COVID-19 surcharge" to every customer's bill to help make up the cost.

"Looking back, it was probably a bad idea to call it a COVID-19 surcharge," he told The Daily Beast.

Within days, the restaurant was flooded with phone calls and social media posts accusing it of ripping off customers. Several callers said they thought the restaurant should burn down. Just two days after implementing it, Staack called off the surcharge.

Read more at The Daily Beast.



CNN PoliticsMay 28, 2020
House approves changes to small business pandemic aid program
The House is scheduled to vote Thursday on bipartisan legislation to make changes to the Paycheck Protection Program set up to help struggling small businesses with emergency loans during the pandemic, the latest effort on Capitol Hill to address economic fallout from the Covid-19 crisis.

Reuters PoliticsMay 28, 2020
Trump directs AG to boost enforcement of state laws on social media companies
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he is directing Attorney General William Barr to work with states to enforce their own laws against what he described as deceptive business practices by social media companies.

Washington Post PoliticsMay 28, 2020
House passes bill to ease access to small-business loans in pandemic, but impasse with Senate remains
The legislation would give businesses more time to have the loans forgiven and paid off by the U.S. government.
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