No Charges on BYO -- Court

Update:02 Apr 2007

A customer has successfully sued a Beijing restaurant after he was charged 100 yuan (US$12.9) for bringing his own beverages. His victory is the first of its kind in Beijing and he was given his 100 yuan back.

Sina.com website reports the case has triggered debate over BYO or bring your own charges. Beverage associations insist restaurants cannot add BYO and other extra charges. And the China Consumers' Association says customers should be allowed to bring their own beverages without facing extra charges.

The website article says the China Consumers' Association also suggests restaurant patrons should refuse to pay this unfair fee and lodge complaints with relevant government departments.

The article explains some restaurants only sell expensive liquor and not cheaper soft drinks. Some restaurant drink prices are twice the standard rate, putting patrons at the mercy of restaurants that use any means to increase their profits.

(Source:cri)

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