Corkage as punishment
You have some nice older wines in your cellar. You’d like to drink them with quality food, so you bring them to a restaurant. Unfortunately, at many restaurants, the corkage charge has become a punishment for customers who dare to bring their own. Restaurateurs feel they’re entitled to a large profit on wine. What about people who order iced tea or Coke? Shouldn’t they be charged a penalty as well? I recently took two great bottles to a restaurant. The waiter told us the corkage charge was $35, but we were only allowed to open one bottle. Instead of a pure profit of $35 on my second bottle, the restaurant made $10 - - maybe less - - on the wine we ordered from the list - - a net loss. How much sense does that make?