I’m in Honolulu, staying on campus in a room a minute’s walk away from a Starbucks. They sell giant cups of green tea, listed at $1.85. But when I pay the cashier she wants me to front up with $1.94.
It’s not just Starbucks either — I’ve bought other items around town and always seem to need to pay more than the sticker shows.
On the other hand, the can of fizzy drink I bought from a vending machine yesterday did actually cost 85 cents, as the sticker said. The great thing is that I was able to insert a dollar bill and get 15 cents change.
I guess these inflated prices are because of a sales tax or something, but I sure wish the advertised price were the same as the amount owing. It’s very confusing for someone not in on the secret.