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Waitr boycott planned in protest to new pay structure

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Posted at 8:02 AM, Jul 09, 2019

LAFAYETTE — Days after Waitr announced a new "performance-based rate structure," some restaurant owners are planning on boycotting the delivery services.

Close to two dozen Acadiana restaurant owners are planning that boycott for this Sunday. They say they hope others will join them in the one-day protest. Restaurant owners say they hope the noticeable loss in revenue for that day will show Waitr how dependent the company is on its restaurant partners.

The Advocate is reporting Waitr announced new terms for its partner restaurants last week. Those new terms could mean slimmer profit margins - or even losses - for restaurants that sign the new agreement.

The new pay model uses a sliding scale: Waitr will take a higher commission for restaurants that have a smaller volume of sales and a lower commission for those that have a larger volume.

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