Sweet treat ... Katrina Duffield celebrating her birthday
with her son, Jon, and his partner, Anna de Paoli, in
Wahroonga. They did not pay cakeage.
Photo: Ben Rushton, Sydney Morning Herald
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/restaurants-and-bars/cheeky-byo-surcharge-is-icing-on-cake-for-restaurants-20110812-1iqtu.html#ixzz1UsS3JrwP
Some time back the government legislated to stop restaurants adding a surcharge to bills for serving customers on a Sunday or on public holidays and for charging 'corkage' if you had BYO alcohol instead of purchasing their on-site alcohol at highly inflated prices (many restaurants now advise that BYO alcohol is not permitted and will confiscate this, returning it to you as you leave the restaurant).
Some enterprising restaurants have come up with a new lurk to rake in more income by charging up to $20AUS per head for you to eat and serve your guests from a BYO birthday cake as it is outside the charges banned in the legislation.
cheeky byo surcharge is icing on cake for restaurants
What next? Hospitals to charge you if you bring your own medications or dressings to hospital with you? Maybe I should not even suggest this?