Celebrating your birthday in a restaurant surrounded by your best friends and family is a normal tradition.
Usually, at the end of dinner, a cake will be brought out and everyone will burst out singing “Happy Birthday” to the notoriously embarrassed subject.
Some restaurants allow customers to bring their own cakes, while others have a strict policy and charge a cake fee – a set amount a restaurant charges to serve you and your party members, a dessert you brought (and most likely bought) for the occasion.
A man has split the internet after sharing he wanted to bring a cake to a specific restaurant as part of a birthday party and the establishment wanted to charge a cake fee of £10 (US$13) a head .
“I asked the restaurant where I am going for a birthday lunch today if we could bring a cake to take away at the end of the meal,” tweeted Ivor Baddiel. “They said yes, but they would charge us cake (yes, cake) at £10 a person. What is this world we live in?”
The tweet instantly sparked a debate, with some siding with the restaurant.
“It’s really rude to bring your own food to the restaurant. Would you bring your own conditioning treatment to the hairdresser and ask him to apply it? Or homemade cider to the pub and ask him to serve it? Tell her it’s a birthday, order their dessert and I’m sure they’ll add a candle,” one person wrote, while another commented, “It’s usually free if you order dessert After all, these places are there to sell food… do you want someone to cut it and serve it too?… All for free?… A hospitality business is still a business.
Others were outraged at the idea of a cake tax.
“I personally would have canceled the entire reservation and found a restaurant that wanted your stuff. They really don’t care if you come back or not… They don’t seem at all interested in making my meal enjoyable. Just a transaction,” he said. mocked one user, while another said, “The restaurant can choose to provide this service or not, and then the customer can decide whether or not to go. We are not *obligated* to provide everything you want. We do what we are good at and what makes us profitable. People choose to come or not.
According to The New York Times“Restaurant owners say cakeage covers the cost of the waiter’s time and washing dishes. It also helps offset lost revenue from homemade desserts and makes up for the extra time a party will be sitting at the table but not ordering. no food. And many are hoping this will slow the flow of cakes outside.”