Frustrated with the lower salaries that women tend to receive compared with men, an Australian cafe is taking matters into its own hands — imposing an 18 percent “gender pay gap tax” on male customers to highlight the issue of wage inequality.
The Cafe named “Handsome Her cafe” in Melbourne is charging a “man tax” in order to make a point about pay inequality between men and women. The money collected from the surcharge goes to women’s charities.
The rule is one of three listed on a chalkboard at the coffee shop.
Rule #1: Women have priority seating.
Rule #2: Men will be charged an 18% premium to reflect the gender pay gap (2016) which is donated to a women’s service.
Rule #3: Respect goes both ways.
In a Facebook post on Sunday, the business said much of the response has been positive.
The post added that one mom praised the cafe as “a beautiful place” to bring her daughters.
However, the surcharge has caused controversy among those who believe it’s unfair.