The cost of everything seems to be going up lately, making tough times even tougher. Now a supermarket on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Eli’s Manhattan, is passing an energy surcharge onto customers.
Many shoppers are outraged, but the owner said he wanted to cause controversy with the 1.8 percent surcharge. Instead of burying the cost in the price of groceries, as most supermarkets do, he's pointing it out to get customers thinking and talking.
"To call the public's attention to how much fuel is being used in the food business," owner Eli Zabar told CBS News. "In this case, I am making the increase completely transparent to the customer."
Zabar thought the surcharge would make people angry about the rising cost of energy. Instead, they're getting angry at him, forcing him to consider scrapping the surcharge altogether.
"If the shock and awe is too great then what we're gonna do is hide it in the cost of goods itself," Zabar said.
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