You can shop around for an affordable gluten-free sandwich – but being sure of what’s in it is not so easy

One way to express dismay at the price being asked for the goods and services we want is to shop elsewhere.  Another is to cough up, then grumble about being ripped off on social media.

Taking the second course of action may well attract the mainstream media and soon an aggrieved customer’s grouch has been turned into a newspaper headline.

An example can be found today at Stuff:  Coeliac sufferer says cafe $4 gluten free surcharge is profiteering.

The report beneath the headline says cafes are charging more to cover rising costs, including wages – but a woman charged $4 extra for gluten free bread says this is  profiteering.

A woman with coeliac disease who was charged $4 for gluten free bread at an Auckland cafe says the business is profiting off people’s illnesses and allergies.

Wellington woman Emma Ward said on Twitter on Sunday: “I am at a cafe in Auckland and the GF bread is $4 extra. $4! I understand it’s an extra cost but it is also super ableist.”

The 27-year-old said gluten-free bread was quite pricey, but the surcharge was usually $2.

“It’s frustrating when you can tell the bread is just a slice of Vogels from the supermarket,” she said.

The Stuff report. alas, then demonstrates a feeble grasp of economic concepts such as “free enterprise” and “competition”:  Continue reading “You can shop around for an affordable gluten-free sandwich – but being sure of what’s in it is not so easy”