A restaurant in Missouri has begun sharing a $2.19 coronavirus “surcharge,” which has prompted a backlash on social media.
The owner, Pilly Yuzar, previously told Fox News that “he decided to add the surcharge to offset the rising costs of food from his suppliers, instead of raising menu across the board, with no explanation as to why.”
And Yuzar said so far, no one has complained.
But social media teed off on the idea that restaurants and other businesses could be tacking on surcharges for the coronavirus.
“Scuse me … what? A covid surcharge…?” one Twitter user wrote in a post showing a receipt from the Kiko Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Lounge that included a “covid 19 surcharge.”
‘Scuse me … what? A covid surcharge…? pic.twitter.com/IYcrkcqIJ3
— Talia (@talialikeitis) May 11, 2020
Kiko’s Steakhouse posted a message on Facebook explaining the charge.
“We are not trying to hide this surcharge, we choose this option rather than changing our prices on our menu, this way we can adjust the surcharge weekly,” the restaurant wrote. “We’ve been putting flyers in front of our restaurant & put the surcharge on your receipt, today we put more signage. Please understand we cant control the rising cost of meat, seafood, poultry & produce prices.”
But still, people aren’t happy.
“If I ever see this on a bill I wld not pay it,” wrote another person on Twitter. “I’m tryin to recoup too. Who am I suppose to bill ??? Is this even legal?”
Fox News said it’s happening all over.
In San Diego, a Mexican restaurant announced it was charging $1 extra for carne asada due to a meat shortage and in Michigan, a burger place is adding another dollar to each meal because of foot traffic they’ve lost, according to FOX 17 in Grand Rapids and KFMB-TV in San Diego.
And it’s not just restaurants. A dentist’s office in Jacksonville, Fla., reportedly started charging a $10 per appointment fee for personal protective equipment, and in Texas some hair salons have started adding a $3 sanitation charge, according to KTRK-TV in Houston.