80 Qatar eateries put on notice over service charge

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DOHA: The Ministry of Business and Trade has issued notices to 80 hotels in the city  to immediately stop adding service charges in their bills.
These hotels were given until yesterday to comply with the directive, which is prohibited by the consumer protection law of the county. The ministry could take legal action against these hotels if they are found adding extra charges despite the warning.
The notices were issued following customer complaints about services charges being levied by some restaurants.
The consumer protection department of the Ministry of Business and Trade early last year banned the practice. It said that the hotels had no right to levy additional charges on top of the price mentioned in the menu. It also ran a campaign about the issue to create awareness among the public.

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