Have you gotten takeout lately? Did you look at your receipt? Were you charged a COVID surcharge? It’s quite possible you paid one, and didn’t even realize it happened.
Some restaurants have resorted to charging a COVID 19 surcharge, in order to keep prices stable.
Why? They have had to pay extra for cleaning supplies, face masks, and everything they are required to use to protect the public from possible contamination.
Not only THAT, the meat prices have gone, hopefully temporarily, THROUGH THE ROOF, so businesses have to recoup the money somehow. Have you heard there is a meat shortage?
Of course, they are passing the extra fees on to customers.
It only makes sense. I mean, they are having to pay more to stay in business.
Some argue that the restaurants are lucky we are still patronizing their establishments.
Some argue that it’s a small price to pay to stay protected and — you know — eat meat.
Customers have noticed fees upwards of 26% charged in excess, while some places are charging a flat $1 fee.
What do YOU think? Are you team “How DARE they charge me extra,” or team “Meh, it’s a small price to pay”?
If you think you are a victim of actual price gouging, you may report the situation to your attorney general’s office.
Otherwise, let’s pay the fee, and get on with our lives.