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.

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)

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.” 

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!”