As the Christmas season approaches, people from all parts of the island are trying to figure out ways to make extra money to pay bills and cover additional expenses.
But a Chinese business owner in the St. Andrew community is willing to pay an extra dollar or two to earn a dollar or two with a new initiative where customers are asked to pay a $10 surcharge for drinks sold refrigerated. It gave new meaning to the phrase earning miles.
For example, if a regular drink is $100, the customer is asked to purchase the same drink for $110 if the drink was in the refrigerator.
When a customer went to buy beer on the weekend, he was told that if the beer was hot, he would pay the normal price, but if it was cold, he would be charged.
According to the wholesaler, who is called “Mizu Chin” by customers, the commission is “JPS commission”.
JPS (Jamaica Public Service) is an integrated electricity company and the only electricity distribution company in Jamaica.
The shopkeeper heard that it costs money to run the refrigerator, so he added a charge for cold drinks to cover the electricity bill.
We had two customers who claimed that the move by the store operator was not legal, and the explanation didn’t work.
Consumer Affairs Commission CEO Dolcy Allen said when she was contacted about the incident on Saturday, it was the first time she had heard of such a case.
“To be honest, this is the first time I’ve heard of a case like this,” Allen said.
she said loop news She said she would look into the matter further, but said she didn’t believe it violated any policy. Said there might be.