As inflation hits, many businesses have been increasing their prices and the hike has caused many people to feel a pinch in their wallets. Just recently, a Malaysian shared his thoughts on the price hike.
An egg for RM1.50 fair or unfair?
In his post he mentioned that,
“A customer has mentioned that charging them RM1.50 for one fried egg is expensive. Given that our restaurant has air conditioning, and cleanliness is well maintained allow me to share the calculation I just did:
- Cost of an egg (according to market price): RM0.45
- 15ml of oil needed to fry an egg: RM0.09 (RM29 / 5,000ml x 15ml)
- Time spent waiting for oil to heat up (labour money): RM0.25 (assuming we cook for 60 days)
- Soy sauce used for the egg: RM0.04 (RM28.70/4,000ml x 6ml)
- Time taken to scoop the egg out (labour money): RM0.11 (assuming worker gets RM55 a day)
- Time taken to collect the plates back to the kitchen (labour money): RM0.10 (assuming worker gets RM55 a day)
- Dish soap: RM0.05
- Time taken to wash and wipe the plates: RM0.12 (calculated based on RM50 that worker gets)
- Electricity, water and utilities bill for 90 seconds: RM0.06
- Chair and table damages: RM0.03
- Gas used to cook the eggs: RM0.05.”
He then mentioned that the total cost to “fry an egg” would total up to RM1.35, which means from the RM1.50, they only earn RM0.15.
“Is earning RM0.15 a lot for people to be complaining about it? Plus, the most we could earn is RM0.30 as doctors would suggest you only eat 2 eggs a day”, he added.
Following his post, many netizens have commented and here’s what some of them said:
“I think RM1.50 is a decent price, I’ve seen other eateries that sell RM2 per egg.”
“If you don’t want to eat it, it wouldn’t be expensive. The problem you have now is that you want to eat it, but you think you’re on the losing end. If you think so, just go home and make your own eggs.”
Some netizens were mad with the way he did his calculations and here’s what they said:
“So, you’re saying that if I brought my own plate, took the eggs out myself and eat it outside of the shop, then you would sell the eggs to me at RM0.88? If you want to calculate it that way, I’m happy to oblige.”
“Okay, the next time I go out for food, I won’t order the food all at once, since we’d calculate separately. If I were to order it at one go, they’d only make one trip to me, then I’d be at the losing end.”
Do you think it’s fair to pay RM1.50 for a fried egg? Let us know in the comments below!
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