Richard White, Lismore
I recently had a coffee on a public holiday and lunch on a Sunday.
I was charged a surcharge of 10% and 15% respectively.
I would rather pay for a service that occurs on these occasions rather than see the worker/employee penalised.
My options are to pay and enjoy a luxury, budget and do it less frequently or cater for myself with a picnic and thermos.
If enough people aren’t prepared to recognise the extra costs incurred then we can’t expect either the shop owner nor the staff to bear the expense.
Businesses and government keep seeing wage and staff cuts as the easiest option to provide efficiencies. Other alternatives as well as surcharges could include limited or simpler menus, take aways only and choosing targeted hours such as 11am – 3pm.
The family unit is important to our society and having a weekend when kids aren’t at school and sports or other joint activities can occur should be preserved or compensated for fairly