26 February 2017
A café in Vienna is charging customers extra if they want to charge their phones or laptops in it. Cafe owners have complained numerous times of people just sitting in their establishments and using the electricity to charge their phones, without buying anything.
This café owner in Vienna has decided to take action and recover his costs by billing patrons extra for using its electricity. The café charges €1 (85p) for customers who use excess electricity to charge their devices after the first fifteen minutes of ordering a coffee. After that, the charge is levied and multiplied according to the number of gadgets charged. The actual electricity cost is not much, but the café loses out on business by people spending excess time in their establishments simply to power up their mobiles. Some have even stopped offering free Wi-Fi in order to curb squatters. The news of the café emerged after a reporter for the Austrian newspaper Oesterreich was presented with the €1 bill for using electricity.
"Tourists - always electricity, electricity, electricity. Sorry but who is going to pay me for it?" Galina Pokorny, owner of the Terrassencafe im Hundertwasserhaus in central Vienna stated. "I run a café, not an internet café. It's getting more and more extreme. People come and think everything is accessible and free... You don't even open your eyes in the morning for free."