While imposing a rule like this may seem a little excessive to some, it’s only fair to the staff that has to clean up patrons’ messes. And let’s be honest, the “vomit fee” doesn’t seem so bad if it means people will be mindful of how much they consume and people around them won’t have to witness them spew up their breakfast.
That’s exactly why some restaurants have introduced the rule. An Asian-inspired restaurant in Oakland’s Rockridge district thought of it during the pandemic, when cleaning up a stranger’s bodily fluids was even riskier than usual. “But this is not unique. It’s there to make the customers stop and think about other people,” restaurant owner Steven Choi told SFGate.
Some restaurants have found that the number of people who throw up after having one too many drinks has gone down since they introduced the “vomit charge.” Chaiporn Kitsadaviseksak, a co-owner of the restaurant Kitchen Story, told SFGate, “It was really tough cleaning. People were scared with COVID. And this was happening a lot. My workers don’t want to do that. It got better. Now [customers] know they have to pay. They understand.”