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CALMATTERS: California restaurants shouldn’t be shocked by law banning ‘junk fees’ that applies to them | Columns

Last Friday, a friend and I met at a chain restaurant in Sacramento for our usual weekly lunch. We both ordered $16 plates of Mexican food.

When the bill arrived, it totaled just over $36, including tax and a $1.28 “surcharge”. We gave the waiter $45 before leaving, assuming the extra money would cover his tip.