Man tax: Café charges men more than women
Melbourne, Australia - A café owner has explained why she charges men more than women, and allows ladies priority seating. Alex O’Brien, who owns Handsome Her, a vegan café in Melbourne, Australia, says she gives women customers a better deal to raise awareness of the gender pay gap. It’s been dubbed the ‘man tax’.
Alex says her restaurant is ‘for women, by women’. Though men are very welcome - and, significantly, the surcharge isn't compulsory. It’s in operation for one week per month.
Alex says that so far, no male customers have failed to cough up the additional charge, which works out as an 18 per cent mark-up. “If men don’t want to pay it, we’re not going to kick them out the door. It’s just an opportunity to do some good,” says Alex.
One customer told Seven News in Melbourne, “I think it’s fair if you think about the world and the gender inequality that we have.”
All proceeds taken from the premium go to women’s charities. There are people who aren’t so keen on what they argue is ‘discrimination’.
‘Boardering on it? Well and truly discrimination. All female staff. Well and truly illegal if you discriminate against a gender when hiring!’ Jake Whenan (@wheno15) wrote.