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$28 beer at LaGuardia spurs audit of airport meals, drink prices

This beer’s value was “lager” than life.

The company that operates eating places and shops at LaGuardia, JFK and Newark airports is going through warmth after it was caught promoting a beer for $27.85 at LaGuardia Airport.

A traveler passing by means of LaGuardia, Cooper Lund of Brooklyn, known as out the eye-popping excessive value in a tweet final month that’s since gone viral.

“Lol at all of this, including the additional 10% ‘COVID Recovery Fee’ that doesn’t go to workers,” he wrote alongside a picture that confirmed a $27.85 Sam Adams Summer Ale in addition to different lofty prices for different brews.

OTG, the company that operates many concession stands at the area’s airports and was liable for the overpriced beer, countered that the ale’s value was listed incorrectly, and famous that the prices on the menu have been for 23-ounce pours.

OTG claimed that the listed $27.85 for a Sam Adams Summer Ale was a mistake.
OTG claimed that the listed value of $27.85 for a Sam Adams Summer Ale was a mistake.
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“Yikes. GOOD CATCH! That Sam Summer **price is incorrect** and has been updated. + note all other listed prices are for 23oz pours,” OTG tweeted.

The company additionally supplied within the tweet to pay for Lund’s beers the subsequent time he visited. 

Michael Marchese, an OTG spokesperson, told THE CITY that the value on the beer at LaGuardia was “quickly corrected” to $18.15. 

“Because of these posted-pricing hiccups, our in-house menu teams have been diligently working to ensure pricing across all restaurants are, in fact, rendering correctly,” he added.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has since ordered OTG to audit its prices, according to THE CITY.

“The Port Authority is committed to enforcing that all terminal operators and concessionaires adhere to cost parity policies throughout our airports,” a Port Authority spokesperson reportedly mentioned in an announcement.

Concessions at LaGuardia
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has ordered OTG to audit the prices of the airport’s concessions, in keeping with THE CITY.
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“We know this market is expensive enough already, so we’re committed to everything we can do to ensure reasonable prices for our customers,” the spokesperson added.

Even after OTG corrected its prices, THE CITY famous, the prices stay curiously excessive and take a look at the bounds on the ten p.c airport price hikes approved by the Port Authority board final year.

The approval of these hikes got here after the board voted in 2018 to extend the minimal wage for tens of hundreds of airport employees to $19 an hour by 2023.

OTG claims that they are
OTG claims that they’re “committed to everything we can do to ensure reasonable prices for our customers.”
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Terminal operators and concession administration corporations set their prices based mostly on comparisons to places within the New York and New Jersey metropolitan space, the Port Authority says.

But a review of prices by THE CITY at JFK and LaGuardia discovered that a number of gadgets have been going for far more within the airport than they have been elsewhere within the metropolis.

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