Los Angeles sure loves its weekend brunch — so much that the words “weekend” and “brunch” are practically synonymous here. While some of us see sipping on bottomless mimosas as a luxury, it seems some have taken it more as a challenge. This has caused a few California restaurants to charge “vomit fees” for those who indulge a bit too much at bottomless brunch.
According to SFGate, Kitchen Story in Oakland has started charging a $50 vomit fee to anyone who throws up in the public area of their restaurant.
Their warning sign reads, “Dear all mimosa lovers, Please drink responsibly and know your limits. A $50 cleaning fees will automatically include in your tap when you throw up in the public areas. Thanks so much for your understanding.”
Co-owner of Kitchen Story, Chaiporn Kitsadaviseksak, has stated that the sign has been enough of a warning that they haven’t had to charge the fee to anyone just yet. In fact, Kitchen Story isn’t the first one to adopt this concept. San Francisco’s Blackwood also has a $50 cleaning fee included in their brunch menu.
This entire topic has caused quite the conversation online — and has many wondering if other restaurants will follow in their “vomit fee” footsteps. The only advice we could really give is to drink responsibly, know your limit, and drink some water. And if you do find yourself with a hangover, may we suggest some hangover cures?