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Cakage fee - ripoff?

Jon | Jul 15, 200205:55 PM

Went to a friend's birthday party on Fri. at Union restaurant in Santa Monica (above JiRaffe).

Her boyfriend had brought in a customized ice cream cake, so the restaurant charged him a $2.50 per slice "cakage" fee - not allowing him to cut/distribute it himself.

Considering there was 30+ people in the group, slurping down copious amounts of $8 cocktails (and pricier wines) for several hours, I thought this was a bit of a scam - or at least petty. I can appreciate a restaurant adding a charge for bringing one's own wine, but nailing a large, festive group for a birthday cake?

Up until that point I thought the place was nice. But now I'd be hesitant to go again, feeling that they are more interested in $$$ than providing a great experience. Am I out of line for thinking this was wrong?

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