Happy Columbus Day, the holiday celebrating the original American gentrification! I know I’m not the only one who woke up this morning after a long Sunday out doing Brooklyn stuff with hazy memories and a wallet busting with receipts and shamefully pieced together a map of yesterday’s frivolous spending spree. I’m convinced bars frequently charge a “stupid drunk” tax. But according to The Post we should all be watching our bills a little more closely, even while sober, because there’s some illegal bill total rounding up in the works.
Dutch Boy, The burger joint attached to Franklin Park in Crown Heights was recently caught rounding bills up to the next dollar. The Post reports that when an angry customer noticed an extra 47 cent “rounding-non inventory” charge on her bill, staff at Dutch Boy Burger said they round up if change is less than 50 cents to expedite service. Earlier in the summer Chipotle was caught rounding up to the nearest nickel (and quickly changed policy to round down after a flurry of negative press). Counting is so tedious and time consuming, amirght?
Sure, sometimes change bulging in our pockets and jangling around in the bottom of our purse can be annoying. But every penny counts when you are of a generation that will not get the benefits of Social Security. Those pennies are your retirement fund. And charging customers more than posted prices is illegal under New York City’s consumer-protection law.
So watch your bill and contact Brokelyn Bureau of Budget Bullies if you notice anything suspect (which conveniently has the same number as the Division of Consumer Protection 1 (800) 697-1220).
If you’ve seen this happen at anywhere in Brooklyn, tell us in the comments!