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Turns Out, Some Restaurants Are Charging COVID Taxes After Re-Opening And It Boggles People
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Turns Out, Some Restaurants Are Charging COVID Taxes After Re-Opening And It Boggles People

It is safe to say by now that the coronavirus pandemic has affected much more than only people’s health; it has had a major effect on our day-to-day routines too. Many venues were forced to temporarily close their doors to customers due to lockdown and experienced great loss, restaurants included. In order to salvage their businesses, some restaurants have decided to implement a small extra fee, “COVID surcharge,” upon their customers. While some customers realize what’s behind this tax and accept it quietly, some are rather furious about being charged extra.

A huge number of restaurants worldwide were forced to close their doors to customers due to the coronavirus lockdown

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While some restaurants kept working during the lockdown, offering pickup and delivery, some didn’t have such opportunities and had to temporarily close their doors to customers.

Turns out, some restaurants are implementing an extra COVID tax after reopening

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However, some restaurant owners just couldn’t keep their business afloat without letting go of some or all of the staff.

Some customers are completely content about the situation

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Turns out, some restaurants that were affected particularly badly by the lockdown are now turning to their customers for help after reopening.

And are pointing out to unhappy ones that restaurants are not living their best days

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They are implementing “COVID surcharges” upon their customers in order to cover the additional costs they’re experiencing after reopening.

After all, they have to take in fewer customers and ensure everything’s been sanitized

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A sushi restaurant recently added just over $2 to a customer’s bill labeled as “COVID-19 surcharge.” A similar charge has been implemented at Goog’s Pub and Grub in Holland, MI.

Some customers seem to be aware of the extra costs restaurants are facing

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Goog’s Pub and Grub told Fox 17 that “the ‘COVID charge’ is a way for them to be transparent about the rising costs in the restaurant industry during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

And therefore don’t mind paying an extra $2 to “stay safe”

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“You’re not just putting it on a plate or tray and washing that again. It’s the silverware, the boxes,” said Goog’s owner, Brad White.

However, some people think this is the worst time to implement extra taxes

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Restaurant owners also report that food prices are increasing as well due to the supply chains being affected by lockdown rules.

And are saying they would refuse to pay extra if they saw that on their bill

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Some customers seem to be aware of the hardships their favorite restaurants are currently facing and don’t show any discontentment about the charges.

Some are even convinced these new taxes will affect tipping

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However, there are some that are infuriated by the “COVID” surcharges.

It is said by some people that extra money from the government should be enough to cover the extra costs restaurants are facing

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Some even say that they wouldn’t pay the bill if they ever saw such a charge being forced upon them.

However, some restaurant owners disagree

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They argue that it’s the worst time to be charging extra when so many people have lost their jobs or experienced salary cuts due to the pandemic.

Thus, some people are pointing out people just shouldn’t go if they’re not planning to be nice about having to pay a little extra

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onitsuka
Community Member
2 years ago

People complaining about "freeeeedom" and "tyranny", then grousing when the reopened restaurants charge a bit extra AND saying that these are hard times to be taxing people who can "least afford it". Bitch, buy groceries and cook at home if that's the case.

Tabitha L
Community Member
2 years ago

Yes to all of what you said. Some people want it both ways.....open your store, but I won't wear a mask; open your restaurant, but I don't want to pay extra; open your grocery, but I'm going to touch EVERYTHING; open public transit, but I'm going to smear my saliva on it (or dump a tub of cereal??). The reason places can't open is because people can't be trusted to behave properly.

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Just a Purpler
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh my gosh the people complaining about it... IF YOU CANT AFFORD IT, DONT GO, IT'S A LUXURY NOT A RIGHT. Geez the entitlement

pusheen buttercup
Community Member
2 years ago

Well, whether you're for it or against it, if you can't afford an extra two dollars you probably shouldn't be eating out a lot. However I certainly wouldn't want to be surprised by this. It's information I'd want to know before I dine there.

Ivo H
Community Member
2 years ago

Exactly this. If it's stated before ordering the food, it's completely fine. If it's surprise when you get the bill, it's nasty and shouldn't be supported.

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onitsuka
Community Member
2 years ago

People complaining about "freeeeedom" and "tyranny", then grousing when the reopened restaurants charge a bit extra AND saying that these are hard times to be taxing people who can "least afford it". Bitch, buy groceries and cook at home if that's the case.

Tabitha L
Community Member
2 years ago

Yes to all of what you said. Some people want it both ways.....open your store, but I won't wear a mask; open your restaurant, but I don't want to pay extra; open your grocery, but I'm going to touch EVERYTHING; open public transit, but I'm going to smear my saliva on it (or dump a tub of cereal??). The reason places can't open is because people can't be trusted to behave properly.

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Just a Purpler
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh my gosh the people complaining about it... IF YOU CANT AFFORD IT, DONT GO, IT'S A LUXURY NOT A RIGHT. Geez the entitlement

pusheen buttercup
Community Member
2 years ago

Well, whether you're for it or against it, if you can't afford an extra two dollars you probably shouldn't be eating out a lot. However I certainly wouldn't want to be surprised by this. It's information I'd want to know before I dine there.

Ivo H
Community Member
2 years ago

Exactly this. If it's stated before ordering the food, it's completely fine. If it's surprise when you get the bill, it's nasty and shouldn't be supported.

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