Airports are known for their exorbitant prices – but when a viral post surfaced of airports charging $27.85 for a pint of beer – an investigation was launched.
But why did these airports charge such a high price for a single pint of beer? And how did they get away with it?
Just wait until you hear what the investigation revealed.
COVID-19 has allowed vendors to add a “recovery fee” to their products – raising the price of goods to compensate for profits lost and passing the burden onto the consumer.
Lovely – as if Biden’s failed policies haven’t destroyed our pockets enough already.
But after a tweet surfaced with a photo showing New York area airports charging a whopping $27.85 for a pint of Sam Adams – an investigation was launched.
lol at all of this, including the additional 10% “COVID Recovery Fee” that doesn’t go to workers pic.twitter.com/Bq9rHJqek7
— Cooper Lund (@cooperlund) July 7, 2021
While the New York and New Jersey Port Authority did admit prices were allowed to be raised – they said prices should have been capped – and not higher than 10 percent of “street prices.”
So once the tweet of exorbitant airport prices for a single pint of beer went viral, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey seemed to agree that customers should be able to drink a beer – without breaking the bank.
The City reported:
“The audit — spurred by an August 2021 story in THE CITY that highlighted high-flying costs at LaGuardia, JFK and Newark airports — found that 25 customers paid “totally indefensible” prices of more than $23 or $27 for airport beers, according to the Port Authority.
“Nobody should have to fork over such an exorbitant amount for a beer,” said Kevin O’Toole, the Port Authority chairperson.”
We agree sir.
Even more amazing – the audit ordered a refund for the 25 customers who actually paid $27.85 for a pint of Sam Adams.
Of course, when the audit busted the company for charging such a high rate, they blamed it on a “pricing error.”
Apparently now, guidelines have been put in place to stop the “pricing error” from happening again – but skeptical travelers doubt anything will actually be enforced.
The City continued:
“Look, man, I live in New York City, I don’t expect enforcement of anything ever,” said Cooper Lund, who came across the pricey 23-ounce Sam Adams last year at a Biergarten outlet at LaGuardia. “The only way you can get any type of enforcement is by yelling loud enough online.”
Regardless if it’s enforced or not – hopefully travelers have enough sense not to fork over their hard-earned cash and pay $27.85 for a pint of beer.
And if you’re looking to save money at the airport – be sure to check out our tips on all the things you can score for free when traveling.
And if you really need a beer that bad…
… consider the cost and perhaps wait until you land!
Would you ever pay $27.85 for a pint of beer?
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