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Sydney Pork Rolls cop heat for charging its patrons 20 cents just to CUT a roll in half

Cost of living gone crazy? Café cops heat for charging its patrons 20 cents just to CUT a roll in half – but they have a simple explanation

  • Vietnamese restaurant Sydney Pork Rolls has a list of extra surcharges
  • One of them is 20 cents for the restaurant staff to cut your banh mi in half
  • The café told FEMAIL that due to staff shortages they needed to charge extra
  • They separate the halved rolls into different paper bags

An Australian sandwich shop has copped criticism for charging a 20 cent surcharge just to cut their famous banh mi rolls in half.

A photo posted to Reddit showed Vietnamese restaurant Sydney Pork Rolls’ list of surcharges if customers want to add extra salad, chilli, meat, ham, egg, pate and mayo.

A banh mi is traditionally a short baguette with thin, crisp crust and savory ingredients inside, including pickled carrot and cucumber.

Purchasing one banh mi from the store in Haymarket, Sydney, ranges in price from $5.50 and $8.50. Extra salad will set you back 50 cents, while extra meat, ham and egg is $1.50 on top of the regular price.

Even an extra bag will cost you 10 cents, although it’s not clear why you’d need to purchase an extra one.

A photo posted to Reddit showed Vietnamese restaurant Sydney Pork Rolls’ list of surcharges if customers want to add extra salad, chilli, meat, ham, egg, pate and mayo

WHAT IS A BANH MI? 

A banh mi is traditionally a short baguette with thin, crisp crust and savory ingredients inside, including pickled carrot and cucumber. 

At the bottom of the list is a surcharge titled ‘request roll cut in half’ which totals 20 cents and it has baffled frequent customers with its vagueness.

‘Which way to cut in half?’ one Reddit user commented. ‘Long ways? Side ways? Across ways? So many questions here.’

’50 cents to ask why it costs 20 cents to cut,’ said another.

‘With a two-second cut… that equals $360p/hr. I’m getting into the sandwich biz,’ one comment read.

‘They should ask “would you like to cut it in half?” like a fast food worker upselling (by) asking if “you want fries with that”,’ said another.

The sandwich bar told FEMAIL that the purpose of charging the extra 20 cents was because it does take them time to cut the sandwiches just right. 

'They should ask "would you like to cut it in half?" like a fast food worker upselling (by) asking if "you want fries with that",' said another

‘They should ask “would you like to cut it in half?” like a fast food worker upselling (by) asking if “you want fries with that”,’ said another

‘Due to a shortage of staff it does take some time for us to cut it in half so it costs more for us in service time,’ a spokesperson said. 

‘When we cut it in half we will wrap them separately so the filling doesn’t come out so this requires extra time and an extra paper bag.’

Others on Reddit agreed with the extra cost and said the restaurant was well within their rights to charge.

‘Getting it cut in half means the two halves are wrapped and packaged separately. It’s completely reasonable to charge extra,’ one user posted. 

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