A hotel's bizarre breakfast rule is costing guests who are asked to fork out £23 if they dare to break it.
The Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco will charge diners extra if they spend more than 90 minutes lingering over their morning meal.
After an hour and a half, guests are hit with the $30 fee every hour they remain at the table – with one visitor claiming breakfast already costs a minimum of $50 per person.
The good news for big breakfast eaters planning a trip to San Fran is that the measure has only been put in place to deal with the increased demand during a four-day health conference with JP Morgan close by, expected to attract around 9,000 people.
The hotel's general manager Paul Tormey told the San Francisco Chronicle said: "It’s not a new policy, and it is only for the three days of the convention.
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"So we have a minimum spending rule and a time frame, otherwise they linger and tie up the tables turning the restaurant into a big meeting room and the servers and our other customers would suffer."
After the policy was tweeted by the paper, the move proved to be controversial as one simply replied: "Thats bulls***."
A second said: "Usually they just stop refilling the mimosas."
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A third 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."
Another wrote: "Fairmont Hotel’s Laurel Court Restaurant and Bar requires a 'food & beverage minimum of $50 per person' for breakfast meetings this week, in addition to an 18 percent 'service charge'. Stay longer? add $30-per-hour 'rent'.
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