Melbourne cafe charges 18 per cent surcharge on men to counterbalance gender pay gap

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A cafe in Melbourne is charging male customers an 18 percent surcharge one week each month to raise awareness about the gender pay gap, owner Alexandra O'Brien told local media.

But O'Brien says the surcharge is not compulsory and she will not "kick" men out of the cafe if they refuse to pay.

"If people aren't comfortable with paying it, or if men don't want to pay it, we're not going to kick them out the door or like, it's just a good opportunity to do some good," O'Brien says.

The proceeds from the surcharge goes to charity, Australia's Channel Seven.

The cafe is called Handsome Her and is located in the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick.

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