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shielphi
Posted: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 10:22:50 AM
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Although the traveler must expect to get gouged on a long weekend in Byron bay I'll start with my experiences:
1) A local cafe with menu and set prices, when it came time to settle the bill, slapped an extra $25 on and didn't tell us, when asked, the waitress said it was their 25% "surcharge".

2) The taxi company quoted a trip to the airport as $80 as per an email AND phone conversation, when it came to travel it was "Sorry the fare is $107.00 because of the 20% "surcharge".

Any other stories??

Paladin
Posted: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 10:59:56 AM
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I also love the front they have do have a huge "tips" jar near the till with some "witty" note trying to gouge away even more.
waffles
Posted: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 2:29:56 PM
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legally they are not allowed to add a surcharge. they have to have a seperate menu for the extra days-public holidays etc-with the dearer prices shown on that menu.

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drwildare
Posted: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 2:42:02 PM
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According to the New Laws they have to charge the same rates all the time now.


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Onelife84
Posted: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 6:54:16 PM
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Not true, I manage a hotel, a full all inclusive price on the menu is all that is required, so guests can see to full price, a blanket % put onto the bill is illegal
pentatonic
Posted: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 2:07:50 PM
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Don't know if this affected anyone else, but $7 for Tooheys New at a large festival held just outside of Byron was a bit of a gouge. ;-)
thenudeman
Posted: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 3:18:18 PM
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Thats actually a bargain at an outdoor festival event - I thought the prices were fair..

It is extremely rare these days to even go to a large event where full strength alochol is permitted.
Most festivals are restricted by the local Liquor Licensing police to offer mid-strength beer ($8 to $8.50) and mid-strength spirits ($9 - $10)

pentatonic wrote:
Don't know if this affected anyone else, but $7 for Tooheys New at a large festival held just outside of Byron was a bit of a gouge. ;-)
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