Small businesses are facing new challenges during the novel coronavirus pandemic, including large-scale stay-at-home orders, effectively upheaving their entire business model. But the most troubling challenge may actually lie ahead, as states are working to reopen non-essential businesses despite encouraging people to stay socially distant, changing the way that people shop and spend money in their communities. A few businesses have already thought of a new way to address these overnight changes to their livelihoods — a COVID-19 surcharge, which is usually added as a percentage to any bill or order. While some customers may not this it's fair, this extra tax is most likely saving the business from new expenses related to the pandemic, or from shuttering their doors altogether.
Restaurants may be the first businesses in your area that feel economic pressures brought on by new needs to keep customers safe. But Slim says more businesses may soon institute upcharges to stay profitable — including salons, fitness centers, and most any retailer.
I originally commented that I don't know if I'd be happy to support this surcharge or not ... it would depend on how important the restaurant is to me, and I'd certainly want to know in advance if the surcharge was going to show up on my receipt.
Before implementing the fee, the restaurant posted signage outside on its front door, at the register, in the entryway and on social media to notify customers about the charge.
There's no way a customer could not know about the surcharge before ordering. Kiko's plan was to remove the surcharge once meat prices returned to normal. Sadly, the employees were treated so badly that the restaurant removed the surcharge, raised item prices, and ate the cost of reprinting their menus.
There's no way I'd mistreat the employees - y'know the surcharge wasn't an employee decision! Rude, hateful people are terrible.
Psalm 121:1-2 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.