Man tax: Café charges men more than women

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

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.

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