This Restaurant In China Was Caught Charging Customers For CLEAN AIR


It seems a restaurant in Zhangjiagang city, one of China’s most heavily polluted cities, was caught charging its diners a “air cleaning fee.” BBC reports that the patrons were charged one yuan (15 cents US) as a fee for purifying the air since the establishment.

The owners had bought an air filtration system. Unfortunately, they decided not to give customers any warning when they added the charges to their bills. When patrons did find out, they were more than happy to express their dissatisfaction with the local government.

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Because it was an illegal charge, the owners of the restaurant had to stop charging patrons for the air-cleansing fee.

Chinese social media users caught wind of the fee and expressed their delight over eating in clean air. The problem, however, wasn’t the how small the fee was. It was the restaurant’s owners decision to charge patrons without telling them.



Restaurants Now Charging Customers, Servers For Minimum Wage Increases


In response to the recent minimum wage increase in Minnesota from $7.25 to $8, some restaurants have started tacking extra fees onto customer’s bills or taking them directly from servers’ tips to offset costs. The worst part? It’s all totally legal.

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the .75 cent wage hike took effect at the beginning of the month, and is the first increase in the state in the past decade. To compensate, business owners like those at the Blue Plate Co. — which oversees eight restaurants in the area — have resorted to “creative” measures to keep costs down, such implementing a new credit card fee that will ultimately shave about 2 – 3% from servers’ tips each time a customer doesn’t pay with cash.

Another tactic used by the owner of the Oasis Cafe in Stillwater is a .35 cent “minimum wage” fee added on at the end of customer’s meals.

Locals, understandably, are pissed.

“Putting [minimum wage] fees on tickets and passing the cost on to consumers directly is strange at best, and creates an ‘us against them’ mentality while ordering dinner,” Wade Luneberg, secretary and treasurer of MN State Council of UNITE HERE Unions, told the Star Tribune.

“It’s just bad morale when [the owner] drives up in a Porsche, and yet he wants my 2 ­percent,” a Blue Plate Co. employee also said.

Unfortunately, the U.S. Dept. of Labor considers such loopholes perfectly legitimate, granted the deductions don’t result in workers making less than minimum wage. Which means, as long as we continue to live in this great, blue-blooded, capitalist-minded nation of ours, the future of higher minimum wages isn’t looking too bright. Go. Freaking. Figure.

H/T Jezebel


Gluten-Free Grocery Store Enforces $5 Cover Charge For People Who Are ‘Just Looking’


In an effort to stop “showrooming,” a grocery store in Brisbane, Australia began charging people a fee of $5 AUD ($5.25 US) just for looking. Note, showrooming is a term used for shoppers who visit a store with no intention of actually buying anything, instead using the opportunity to view products in person, then leaving and purchasing the items online at a cheaper price.

Upon making a purchase,  Celiac Supplies (the gluten-free, wheat-free and dairy-free joint) states that patrons will be refunded the $5 fee.

The owner of the Brisbane store, Georgina, lamented that after spending hours each week giving advice to people, just to see them leave empty-handed, she put up the sign announcing the new policy.

“I can tell straight away who are the rat bags who are going to come in here and pick my brain and disappear,” she told the Australian Associated Press. “I’m not here to dispense a charity service for [large supermarkets] to make more money.”

After Reddit user BarrettFox posted a photo (below) of Celiac Supplies’ new policy, some commentators scoffed at Georgina’s actions. One Redditor stating, “This store seems desperate to go out of business.”

It’s a bold move for a store wary of losing customers to the big dogs online. However, we’re not too sure how stoked people will be when finding out they have to deal with a cover charge every time they grab some gluten-free swag.


H/T The Verge + PicThx Reddit