Samuel Levi pays $27 for a salad from a cafe in Auckland

You Won’t Believe the Amount the Furious Diner Paid for This ‘Little’ Caesar Salad: ‘It’s Theft in the Light of Day’

  • Former reality TV star was shocked after being given a ‘small’ salad
  • Samuel Levi paid $27 for what was labeled a Caesar salad
  • The 29-year-old ordered the dish at an Auckland cafe
  • Samuel said he dubbed the small dish served ‘daylight flight’

A restaurant has been outraged after it received a ‘small’ salad at an Auckland cafe despite paying $27 (AU$24) for the dish.

Former Married At First Sight star Samuel Levi shared a photo on his Instagram Story of a small “Caesar salad” with big croutons.

It consisted of a few lettuce leaves, a small amount of avocado, tomato, grated cheese and slices of crusty bread.

‘I paid $27 today for this tiny piece of crap salad. Damn Auckland. It’s a brutal fucking robbery in broad daylight,’ the 29-year-old wrote.

Former Married At First Sight contestant Samuel Levi (pictured) couldn’t believe how much he spent on a ‘small’ salad in Auckland

The 29-year-old shared a photo of the dish to his Instagram Story claiming he spent $27 on the dish (pictured).  Samuel didn't call the cafe on social media

The 29-year-old shared a photo of the dish to his Instagram Story claiming he spent $27 on the dish (pictured). Samuel didn’t call the cafe on social media

“Where NOT TO GO and visit in Auckland,” he added online with a facepalm and eyeroll emoji.

Samuel didn’t mention if he ate the dish or complained to the staff about the portion sizes.

In Australia, grocery prices have skyrocketed due to inflation, which has also led to an increase in the cost of some dishes.

Inflation from March to June 2022 in New Zealand increased by 1.7% and the year-on-year inflation rate is 7.3%, compared to 6.9% for the previous quarter, according to Rate Inflation.

Stats NZ reports that in March, the average price of petrol 91 in New Zealand was $3.05 per liter before falling by 25%.

The price of building new homes also rose 18% in March.

As in Australia, the rising cost of imports has driven up food prices.

What is the inflation rate in New Zealand?

The consumer price index for New Zealand is 1161 for the month of June 2022.

The year-over-year inflation rate is 7.3% (compared to 6.9% for the previous quarter). Inflation from March 2022 to June 2022 was 1.7%.

Prices for new home construction rose 18% in the March 2022 quarter compared to the March 2021 quarter, the largest increase since the series began in 1985.

The second largest contributor to annual inflation came from the transportation group, influenced by rising gasoline and used car prices.

In March, the average price of petrol 91 in New Zealand was $3.05 per liter before falling by 25%.

Sources: Rate Inflation and New Zealand Statistics

Earlier this year, Australians noticed some restaurants were starting to charge $1 per lettuce leaf for san choy dishes.

Journalist Jacqueline Felgate shared a picture on Instagram of a receipt showing food purchased from a restaurant in Melbourne.

On this one, the san choy bow was $18, and a $1 cup of lettuce leaves was added as an additional purchase – despite that being the essential requirement for eating the Chinese meal.

A picture of a restaurant recipe showed the customer paid $1 for a cup of lettuce with their san boy bow dish - despite the lettuce leaf being the essential requirement for eating the Chinese meal (pictured)

A picture of a restaurant recipe showed the customer paid $1 for a cup of lettuce with their san boy bow dish – despite the lettuce leaf being the essential requirement for eating the Chinese meal (pictured)

What causes inflation in 2022?

Inflation is on the rise around the world, with food and energy prices hitting record highs.

Factors contributing to inflation in 2022:

Demand and supply issues

Consequences of the war

Oil and gasoline prices

Source: World Economic Forum

“Lettuce is now priced separately in some Melbourne restaurants,” Jacqueline captioned.

At present, the price of iceberg lettuce has increased to $11.99 each, and the cost of other vegetables has also increased.

The image quickly caught the attention of other social media users who couldn’t believe individual lettuce leaves were being sold, but others sympathized with the business owners.

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