There have been different discount related promotions when it comes to places to eat or get a drink since pretty much the beginning of time. I worked in a factory for about six months and there was a place half a block down from the factory that would give people that worked there a twenty percent discount if they came in for lunch.
That’s the key to it, while they gave a little something extra to the folks that worked in the factory they didn’t charge people extra because they didn’t work there. It was just a little thing that they did two hours a day, five days a week.
That being said there are people that seemingly think that people should be penalized for things that they have nothing to do with. It’s why some places when they lean a little too heavily on the faux morality button end up looking like complete idiots.
A vegan restaurant that charged men more than women and gave women priority seating is now going out of business.
Handsome Her, a vegan restaurant in Melbourne, Australia, announced its closing on Facebook, two years after the restaurant opened its doors.
The women who ran the restaurant said they are “off to our next adventure up north where we will be doing some hands-on work, something we have missed sorely whilst being at 206 Sydney Rd, Brunswick.”
The restaurant will be hosting a final, “last hurrah” event on April 28, and will offer a “pay as you feel scheme” on the last day.
In their statement, the owners referenced their disturbing “man tax,” which was their policy of charging men 18% more than women during one week out of every month.
“The man tax blew up the internet, an idea that we didn’t think was all too radical, yet the way the world responded showed us how fragile masculinity is and solidified the necessity for us to confront and dismantle patriarchy,” the women wrote.
Check out this news coverage from when the restaurant first opened in 2017.
The restaurant had multiple “feminist” rules which blatantly discriminated against men, as reported by the Sydney Morning Herald in 2017.
“House Rules, 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.”
It’s not clear if the controversial “man tax” was the reason for the restaurant’s failure, but it certainly didn’t help business enough to keep it afloat for more than two years.