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An additional $ 2.19 for a coronavirus in a Missouri restaurant caused a violent reaction on social networks this month.
“Scuse me … what?” An additional summons…? “Someone tweeted a receipt from the patron of the Kiko Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Lounge showing a” 19-year surcharge. “
The tweet quickly went viral with people upset by the extra charges, the New York Post reported.
“If I see this on an invoice, I will not pay it,” wrote one user. “I’m trying to recover too. Who am I supposed to charge ??? Is it legal? “
But the West Plains restaurant is not the only establishment to add a little to the bill. While restaurants are struggling to keep their doors open during home orders, some say this is a necessary addition.
Mexican restaurant in San Diego charged $ 1 more for Carne Asada due to a meat shortage, and in Michigan, a hamburger adds $ 1 to each meal because of lost pedestrian traffic, FOX 17 says. at Grand Rapids and KFMB-TV in San Diego.
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And it’s not just restaurants. A dentist’s office in Jacksonville, Florida has reportedly started charging $ 10 per appointment for personal protective equipment, and in Texas, some hair salons have started adding $ 3 hygiene fees, reported KTRK-TV in Houston and WJAX-TV.
Kiko’s Steakhouse posted a Facebook post defending the accusation and stressing that it would only be temporary.
“We are not trying to hide this supplement, we choose this option rather than modifying our prices on our menu, this way we can adjust the supplement each week … We put leaflets in front of our restaurant and applied the supplement your received, today we are putting more signage. Please understand that we cannot control the increase in the price of meat, seafood, poultry and product prices. “
Restaurant owner Billy Yuzar told Fox News that the supplement was advertised online, at the restaurant’s front door and in the registry, so customers were well aware of it.
“We have been transparent about this. As soon as you enter our restaurant, it is there, ”he said. “I made our opinion so that people read it, making it bold. “Please read me. “And then I put on an emoticon. “
Yuzar told Fox News that the Twitter user who posted the photo was not the sponsor.
He said he was now worried about his employees – and the reputation of his restaurant, which he said was tarnished by negative reviews from people in Canada and Texas who had never even visited the place, but who had just seen the viral photo on Twitter.
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“They don’t have the facts, but respond to this [picture on social media], ” he said.
Alexandra Deabler of Fox News contributed to this report.