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    "Cold charge" in supermarket, a new trend?

    We like to try different supermarkets on the island and yesterday we went to Kong Fui, a new supercenter / Palmbeach #17. After we paid the groceries we noticed we had been charged "cold charge", a fee for soft drinks, water and red wine (!) that had been stored in the fridge. 0.35 AFL per item. Not for the milk btw.
    I haven't seen this fee for cold beveraged before, anywhere.
    Is this a new trend on Aruba?

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    you have got to be kidding

    sounds like a disney concept.

    Quote Originally Posted by Arubijn View Post
    We like to try different supermarkets on the island and yesterday we went to Kong Fui, a new supercenter / Palmbeach #17. After we paid the groceries we noticed we had been charged "cold charge", a fee for soft drinks, water and red wine (!) that had been stored in the fridge. 0.35 AFL per item. Not for the milk btw.
    I haven't seen this fee for cold beveraged before, anywhere.
    Is this a new trend on Aruba?

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    I was wondering if and when anyone else would start to use this as an excuse to boost their income. This has been happening here in Canada, at least in Ontario for more than a few years now. Especially in the summertime. I'm not a drinker, but I've noticed the odd time I'm in the liquor or beer store that there's always a refrigerated area... fair enough, but why is it that the refrigerated beer and such is at least 2 to 4 dollars more expensive? Because they've gone to the trouble of chilling it for you and now you don't have to do it yourself and can just wander on down to the beach for your day of fun in the sun.... more than a bit sleazy if you ask me, but that too is big business.
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    New York stores charge extra for cold sodas and beer

    They've been doing that for the last 30 years, its only about 5 to 10 cent more..Guess they're just trying to cover the electricity for the fridge

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    They should at least not charge for the first one..... like the airlines... first bag flies free. What a rip off.

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    yes that is correct bugalooob, but in aruba, at that store, it appears to be a new practice.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bugalooob View Post
    They've been doing that for the last 30 years, its only about 5 to 10 cent more..Guess they're just trying to cover the electricity for the fridge

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arubijn View Post
    that had been stored in the fridge. 0.35 AFL per item.
    Do you mean that a 6 pack would be 6 x .35 AFL????
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    Never had that happen at the smaller markets in Aruba. It might be just the large supermarkets as you get a better price there and if you want it cold they charge a little more as it cost to keep it cold.

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    Gotta squeeze those tourists for every florin! They probably don't have any of these beverages unrefrigerated so you have no choice.

    On the horizon:

    Electricity charge if you want electric cash registers at checkout
    Computer/internet charge if you want a credit card validated
    Lighting charge if you don't want to shop in the dark

    ...I could go on.

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    well, the answer to this is simple...buy warm and take it to your hotel room and put it on ice....buy a soft cooler if you don't have a fridge in your hotel and get ice from machine...

    as long as the little local bars do not do the same thing I can work around that charge !!!
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