Chinese restaurant busted for charging ‘air cleaning fee’

Diners in smog-filled eastern China can breathe a little easier after the government banned a restaurant from charging customers an “air cleaning fee” on top of their bill.

The restaurant in Zhangjiagang city charged diners 15 cents each to cover the cost of a recently-purchased air filtration system, the BBC reports, citing the Xinhua news agency.

The restaurant reportedly never warned customers about the fee. But after complaints from angry diners, the local government told the owners to stop the practice, saying it was an illegal charge because it wasn’t the public’s choice to breathe filtered air.

In some of the worst-hit areas of the region, smog has limited visibility to less than 330 feet, the BBC reports.

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