A gluten-free, wheat-free store in Australia has come under fire for charging customers A$5 just for looking at products on display.
Celiac Supplies in Brisbane complained that it had too many people going into the store to find out which products were gluten and wheat-free and then going to buy them elsewhere.
A poster has been put up in the store’s window that informs customers of the charge and explains the reasons for it.
The store owner, known only as Georgina, said that 60 people went into the shop every week, asked her questions about her products, then went somewhere else to buy them.
"I’ve had a gutful of working and not getting paid. I’m not here to dispense a charity service for Coles and Woolworths to make more money," she said.
"I can tell straight away who are the ratbags who are going to come in here and pick my brain and disappear."
She said some people had been put off by the sign but others had paid the browsing charge. She claimed her prices matched many supermarkets.
The $5 is charged initially then deducted from the bill if goods are purchased in the shop. "This policy is in line with many other clothing, shoe and electronic stores who are also facing the same issue," the sign reads.
under fire︰片語，受到攻擊、責難。例句︰The basic policy is under fire.（這項基本政策受到抨擊。）
pick one’s brain：片語，徵求某人的意見。例句：She is smart because she always picks other people’s brains.（她之所以聰明是因為她老是聽取別人的意見。）