Sunday 18 February 2018

'Electricity, one euro' : Cafe owner bills patrons who charge phones while having a drink

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A cafe owner in Vienna has warned customers who take their time over drinks while charging their mobile phones that they will have to pay up.

Galina Pokorny said that instead of complaining when they see a charge on their bills, customers should read the menu, which includes the line "Electricity, one euro".

Ms Pokorny said that a quick plug-in remains free at Terassencafe, and that the charge is meant for people "who come in and sit for hours while charging their phones".

She spoke after Austrian media reported complaints from two women who were billed for charging over wine spritzers.

She thinks the fuss will die down and other establishments will follow her example.

Ms Pokorny noted the complaints that greeted cafes starting to charge for serving a glass of water with coffee a few years ago were short-lived.

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