- Businesses including salons and dentist offices are starting to add a surcharge to customers' receipts in order to cover coronavirus-related costs.
- Restaurants in various states across the country faced backlash after trying a similar strategy to combat rising meat prices.
- Surcharges are unpopular with customers, CreditCards.com reported, citing a recent American Express survey.
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Salons, dentists, and other businesses are adopting a strategy that landed some restaurants in hot water earlier this month.
Some of these businesses are adding surcharges to customers' bills to cover extra costs that are piling up as they reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.
"The cost of reopening includes all the extra supplies that we need and all the cleaning supplies that we need," Rachel Gower, owner of Houston-based Upper Hand Salon, . The salon is adding a $3 "sanitation charge" to guests' checks.
2020欧洲杯小组赛She added: "It's worth it! It's absolutely worth it!"
Similarly, some are to help cover the cost of personal protective equipment, the American Dental Association is working to shift to insurance companies.
Restaurants across the country faced backlash from customers earlier in May after some instituted a "COVID-19 surcharge" in response to rising food prices, especially for meat products that have been affected by shutdowns of processing plants.
2020欧洲杯小组赛Kiko Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Lounge in West Plains, Missouri, ultimately said it would remove surcharges and instead raise menu prices as its employees experienced harassment at the hands of frustrated customers. Photos of receipts showing the surcharge had circulated widely on social media.
Citing a recent survey commissioned by American Express, CreditCards.com industry analyst that implementing a surcharge could have the unintended consequence of damaging a business' reputation and making customers feel unappreciated.
Businesses trying to keep the lights on amid the pandemic might be better off raising prices across the board, he wrote.
2020欧洲杯小组赛"Whether we're talking COVID, health insurance, or credit cards, trying to raise revenue with an itemized surcharge is a turn-off for customers, and any short-term benefit to the merchant is greatly outweighed by the longer-term consequences of offending the people who pay the bills," Rossman wrote.
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