14 February 2008

Friendly Coasters

"We received a warm South Island greeting when we stopped off at a coffee shop on the West Coast which I would like to share with my fellow Jafas. Attached to the till was a note that read (in brief) 'ATT AUCKLANDERS we pay 0.05c/lt tax on our petrol to build your roads so we will charge you 50 cents extra on your cup of coffee to cover the costs of filling the pot holes in the parking lot.' Not sure how they could distinguish us from other New Zealanders, perhaps it's our accent. Coffee was purchased further up the coast as we travelled on the roads that Jafa tax paid for years ago."
- Reader's comment, 'Sideswipe' column, New Zealand Herald, 13 February 2008

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