Electricity doesn’t just pay for itself, you know.

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Customers Have to Pay Extra For Charging Their Phones at This Frustrated Cafe

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A café inside a famous Vienna landmark isn’t thrilled with customers sitting for hours to charge their phones
Electricity doesn’t just pay for itself, you know.

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Electricity doesn’t just pay for itself, you know.

Have you ever been guilty of buying one small coffee in a café and sitting for a couple of hours to charge your phone? Starbucks may provide free wireless charging stations, but one café in Vienna is fed up with customers using their juice. The Terrassen Cafe is located inside the Hundertwasserhaus, the famously colorful Austrian landmark designed by the late artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, and is charging 1 euro (about $1.07 USD) for every customer who charges a phone for more than 15 minutes.

"I run a cafè, not an internet café," owner Galina Pokorny told Reuters. "It’s getting more and more extreme. People come and think everything is accessible and free... You don’t even open your eyes in the morning for free."

Pokorny told Reuters that she knew of no other cafés in the area who charged similar fees, and since introducing the fee last year, has only gotten recently gotten bad press when a local newspaper reported recently on the "bizarre bill" with the extra fee.

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But is that too much? Charging your phone regularly will cost you about 25 cents (or .24 Euro) per year, according to calculations from Forbes.