Australia cafe surcharge to raise gender pay gap awareness


MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA -- A cafe in Melbourne, Australia, is trying to raise awareness about the gender pay gap by charging male customers more than women.

The cafe charges men an 18 percent surcharge one week each month.

The proceeds from the surcharge goes to charity.

The owner of the cafe says the surcharge isn't mandatory, but encouraged.

Customers, particularly women, say they think the surcharge is a good idea, "I think it's fair if you think about the world and the gender inequality that we have."

"Yeah it's a fairly unequal pay gap between men and women, even though there is supposedly equal pay, it doesn't, it doesn't really equate out there," said another woman.

The café owner, Alexandra O'Brien, said, "If people aren't comfortable with paying it, or if men don't want to pay it, we're not going to kick them out the door or like, it's just a good opportunity to do some good."

Another woman customer said, "I think it's a brilliant idea because I don't think that many people know the actual gap."

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