Can restaurants offer different prices not shown on the menu? – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

(WSVN) – The menu stated that the meal was at a price, but the restaurant was charging a different price. Can they do this? If you get the new COVID variant, do you get paid time off? Answers to these and other questions in Tonight’s Help Me Howard with Patrick Fraser.

Alexandria and her sister were running an errand and decided to have lunch.

Alexandria Lindsay: “And we saw a little store, and we thought: let’s go eat there, it looks really good. “

The waitress gave them a menu. They ordered two Caesar salads with chicken and a takeout arepa and then handed the clerk a credit card.

Alexandria Lindsay: “Well, on the menu, the Caesar salad was about $ 10.99. The arepa was $ 8.99, so in my mind I think I’m paying between $ 35- $ 40.

While they waited, the restaurant charged his credit card.

Alexandria Lindsay: “And then I get a text from my bank saying I paid $ 76 for my food.”

Needless to say, Alexandria was stunned.

Alexandria Lindsay: “76 dollars for two salads. I was like, ‘this is ridiculous.’ I sat there, looked at the menu again, trying to figure out how this could happen.

From the menu it should have been around $ 40, not the $ 76 the restaurant charged to her credit card, so Alexandria asked the waitress what was going on.

Alexandria Lindsay: “And she told us that the prices on the physical menu she gave us are out of date, and the real prices are on their digital menu, but when I walked in they never told me. “

As Alexandria and her sister were discussing what to do, another customer walked in, was handed the menu, and was also not told these prices were wrong.

Alexandria Lindsay: “I just want to know if that was really legal or illegal or something like that.”

Patrick Fraser: “A simple question from Alexandria. Can you display one price on one menu and charge another price almost twice as much? “

Howard Finkelstein, 7News Legal Expert: “No you can’t. The menu is legally an offer, and when you place your order it’s a binding contract and they have to sell the food for that price.

We’ll tell you what Alexandria did, but first, a few more questions.

Patrick Fraser: “A guy who is paid to work 40 hours a week usually works 50 hours, and he said he was not paid for the 10 hour overtime. Legally, does he have the right to obtain money for these overtime hours? “

Howard Finkelstein: “Yes. In fact, under federal law, he may be entitled to an overtime mark-up and a half. Other people are not entitled to overtime. The links to see if you should get paid for overtime, and what to do if you don’t, are on in this Help Me Howard story.

Patrick Fraser: “A viewer said he posted a bond with a water company 10 years ago. They always pay on time and now they want to get that deposit back. Can they get it? “

Howard Finkelstein: It depends. If the utility is regulated by the state utility commission and you always pay on time, you get the deposit back after a few years. If the utility is run by a city or county, they make their own rules and can either render or keep it until the account is closed. It’s up to them to decide.

It wouldn’t be 2022 without a COVID question.

Patrick Fraser: “You said your company can let you go if you refuse to get vaccinated. Can they do the same if you decline to receive the reminder? ”

Howard Finkelstein: “Yes. Same rules, no difference.

Patrick Fraser: “When COVID first hit, if you caught the virus and had to quarantine, you got paid. Is this still true with the new wave?

Howard Finkelstein: “No, not anymore. You need to use sick days or vacation days or just not get paid if you can’t work because of COVID. “

Back in Alexandria, she tells the waitress to cancel her order. She didn’t have lunch, but did get a free lesson.

Alexandria Lindsay: “I’m going to go to more restaurants, but from now on I’m definitely going to ask like ‘how much is my bill’ before I can actually order my food. “

Just ask, it’s a way to avoid or solve many problems, and if you have a problem you can’t solve, or a question you need answered, you know where we are. find !

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