Businesses Adding ‘COVID-19 Surcharge’ To Customers Bills


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Customers are being charged a “COVID-19 surcharge” at various places as businesses try to combat the economic effects of the virus.

‘Scuse me … what? A covid surcharge…?

— Talia (@talialikeitis) May 11, 2020

The receipt in the Twitter picture is from Kiko Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Lounge in West Plains, Missouri. The owner of the restaurant, in a Facebook post, claims that due to problems in the meat supply chain the surcharge was necessary. “Therefore we will take the surcharge off from our system & we are truly apologize, we have to raise all of our prices,” said the steakhouse owner in the Facebook statement, “Stop calling names to my employees!!” (RELATED: Donations Pour In For 17-Year-Old Ice Cream Shop Employee Who Was Berated For Working)

“I don’t feel that I’m required to pay that.”

Are you seeing a COVID-19 surcharge at any Northeast FL or Southeast GA businesses? I talked to a Jacksonville mom who says she’s seeing it at her kid’s dentist office. Story at 6 on @ActionNewsJax

— Elizabeth Pace (@PaceAnJax) May 14, 2020

In Jacksonville, Florida, a mother was charged a $20 surcharge for her children’s dentist appointment. “I don’t feel that I’m required to pay that,” Corina Buck said to CBS 47 and Fox 30. “How am I responsible for that?” The American Dental Association, in a statement, is urging third-party payers to change fees to account for protective equipment.

A burger place in West Michigan is also implementing a $1 per meal “COVID charge” to help absorb the economic effects of the virus. “We’re just trying to pay the bills so we can stay open until this is over,” said the owner of Goog’s Pub & Grub, Brad White, to Fox 17, “Other places are just raising their price and not telling you.” 

The cost of reopening: Some businesses are adding a COVID-19 surcharge to help cover supply costs. Could this become a permanent change? A Local expert and business owner weigh in – tonight at 5pm & 6:30pm #abc13 @abc13houston

— Roxie Bustamante (@RoxieAbc13) May 14, 2020

In Texas a hair salon owner says that she will also be adding a $3 “sanitation charge” to keep her business afloat. “I think, as a whole, the industry is stepping up and really making sure we’re doing this right,” Gower said. “The cost of reopening includes all the extra supplies that we need and all the cleaning supplies that we need. It’s worth it! It’s absolutely worth it!”

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