Beneath the tag: What are you really being charged for?

Joshua Irsik

You ever go to the Memorial Union or any cafeteria at any college or university and order a cheeseburger, some fries and a drink one day then return the next day to order the same thing only to find out that you payed two different prices?

If you read that and thought to yourself “Hey that’s happened to me” well you’re not alone and it has probably happened to more people, they just haven’t realized it yet. The prices in the union are not adding up to what is being printed on the receipt and the difference varies from time to time.

For example, I will go into the union one day and order a cheeseburger, fries and a drink and it will cost me  $12.46 but then if I were to go in the next day and order the same thing it will be about $10.06. You could walk in there with a calculator and add up the menu prices and I can tell you personally that it will not add up. Many times they have charged on my receipt a combo meal and STILL get charged for an extra fry and drink even though I only got the combo. This typically makes me think, “Hmm, maybe I should go back and get my money’s worth?”

Sometimes they will just charge me for each individual item, like they do at Five Guys. You can go to McDonalds and spend $9 to $11 on a meal and still get more food than what you get here.

When your ordering at the grill station, the amount of fries or tater tots are never consistent, which has nothing to do with price but more to do with personal preference. However, if you are going to  be charged $10 or $12 for a small amount of fries or tater tots, you should get more than one tiny scoop.

When you’re walking up to pay for your food they ask you what you ordered and sometimes if you watch them very carefully they will just push buttons without ever lumping them into a combo. Most of the time you might not care because you have hundreds of dinning dollars or Bod Bucks but at the end of the day that money does not last forever and you are going to run out.

Bottom line, if you’re going to order food you should pay for the prices that are advertised on the screens not whatever the person running the register chooses to press, not to say that any of them are doing a bad job we all understand being stressed and having to deal with so many college students that you sometimes forget what your pressing but it still happens in the later hours of the day like around 5 or 6 p.m. The prices should be the same no matter what time you go in and order.

Edited by Abbie Barth, Adam White