Personal Liberty Digest™ will be upgraded this weekend to reflect a dynamic new look and mobile-friendly viewing to enhance your experience! Plus, we'll be providing even more of the compelling content you've come to expect, delivered in a whole new way!

  Comments Subscribe to Personal Liberty News Feed Subscribe to Personal Liberty

Starbucks To Drop Small Purchase Surcharge

SEATTLE, Nov. 14 (UPI) — U.S. coffee server Starbucks Corp. said it has dropped its practice of charging customers who buy smaller than one pound bags of coffee an extra $1.50.

“They don’t charge you a fee when you buy half a pound of bologna at the supermarket,” said consumer Frank Kidd, 67, at a Boston Starbucks Sunday.

But they did charge a $1.50 surcharge for purchases of smaller bags of coffee at Starbucks. That meant the price of a half pound of coffee beans was not $5.98, which is half $11.95 price of a full pound.

Instead, the price was $5.98 plus the surcharge of $1.50, which was not advertised and did not show up on store receipts, The Los Angeles Times reported Monday.

Starbucks stopped the surcharge after the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation fined the company $1,575 for overcharging customers in five stores.

“While Starbucks, and any retailer, is allowed to charge any additional fees it wants on a product, those additional fees have to be clearly and conspicuously disclosed to the consumer before the purchase,” said Barbara Anthony, undersecretary of consumer affairs.

“People have the right to know how much they are paying for a commodity,” Anthony said.

Starbucks spokesman Alan Hilowitz said the surcharge was imposed to cover costs when a consumer made a “unique request.”

Hilowitz also remarked on the change in store policy.

“We are pleased to be able to now offer our customers alternative sizes of whole bean coffee in all of our U.S. stores, free of any service charge,” he said.

UPI - United Press International, Inc.

Since 1907, United Press International (UPI) has been a leading provider of critical information to media outlets, businesses, governments and researchers worldwide.

Facebook Conversations

Join the Discussion:
View Comments to “Starbucks To Drop Small Purchase Surcharge”

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.

Is there news related to personal liberty happening in your area? Contact us at


Sign Up For Personal Liberty Digest™!

PL Badge

Welcome to,
America's #1 Source for Libertarian News!

To join our group of freedom-loving individuals and to get alerts as well as late-breaking conservative news from Personal Liberty Digest™...

Privacy PolicyYou can opt out at any time. We protect your information like a mother hen. We will not sell or rent your email address to anyone for any reason.