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Hotel fining guests more than $40 if they take too long eating breakfast

A swanky San Francisco hotel has come up with an unusual policy of slugging guests extra if they make this mistake during breakfast.

A hotel in San Francisco is charging guests an extra $43 if they spend too long eating breakfast.

The Fairmont Hotel issues the additional cost for every hour that guests spend over the top of their 90-minute breakfast period.

The breakfast costs a minimum of $US50 ($A72) per person, along with 18 per cent service charge and 8.5 per cent tax, The Sun reports.

A guest who stays for breakfast and ends up being longer than the allocated 90 minutes could face a bill of more than $US80 ($A116).

Hotel fining guests more than $40 if they take too long eating breakfast

Hotel Fairmont in San Francisco.Source:Supplied

The fees are being introduced due to increased demand during a four-day health conference with JP Morgan in the area. More than 9000 people are expected to attend.

Fairmont general manager Paul Tormey told the San Francisco Chronicle the policy would “only be for the days of the convention”.

He added that the time window was to prevent the restaurant from turning into a “big meeting room” and affecting both customers and staff.

Social media users were conflicted over the new policy.

One person simply said: “That’s bullsh*t.”

Another added: “I recall sitting in a brunch buffet in Vegas for 3 hours to kill time before a flight. No extra charge and free bottomless champagne.”

However others agreed with it, although went a bit far: “Good, people who linger over meals should be murdered.”

Guests will be charged extra if they spend longer than 90 minutes at the hotel breakfast.Source:Supplied

Some people slammed the concept of paying for hotel breakfasts: “It should be illegal for hotels to charge you $600 to stay and then ALSO charge you for breakfast in the morning … would you like the deed to my house too????”

Someone else agreed: “Including breakfast in your hotel stay in the U.S. is so astronomically expensive.”

But this person had a novel idea. “As a fast eater I’m OK with this as long as I get $30 off for wolfing down my breakfast,” they said.

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission

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