McDonald’s bill not cheaper despite GST rate cut; angry Twitterati urge people to boycott the brand

Although McDoanld's India tried to explain why they increased the price, people were not convinced. Netizens felt they were being cheated to pay the same price despite the tax cut on GST and urged government to take strict action.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Published: November 16, 2017 8:37:03 pm
mcdonalds, mcdonald's India, gst, gst on restuarant bill, mcdoanlds post gst tax cut, viral mcdonalds bill, boycott mcdonalds, india news, business news, viral news, indian express The new GST tax slabs were implemented on Novemebr 15 and pre and post bills of McDonalds for same product has taken Internet by storm. (Source: @sameer_sd/ Twitter)

Ever since Goods and Service Tax, or GST, was implemented, it sent every into a frenzy. From jokes and memes to political debates, people are still trying to get their heads straight around this historic tax reform. Amid all this, as exuberant people were to post their first GST bill after the reform was implemented in July, now another photo of a set of bills is going viral. The photo in question shows two receipts from a same McDonald’s outlet, but a different base price for the same product, while the total amount remains the same, despite a cute in GST rates.

Yes, in spite of the tax being been reduced to 5 per cent from earlier 18 per cent, the total amount paid by the customer remained the same, and that’s because the company increased the price of their latte from Rs 120.34 to Rs 135.24. So, even though government lowered the taxes, there was no way citizens would benefit. This has angered many on social media, leading to a huge backlash against the burger chain.

The juxtaposed photos of the two bills went viral quickly across social media platforms but it is unclear where it originated. However, Netizens are furious and have started tagging concerned ministries and departments to take immediate actions.

In case you are wondering if the bills are fake, they are not. Receiving a backlash on Twitter, McDonald’s India responded to quite a few users explaining the cause for the hike in the price. “The Government has brought down GST from 18% to 5%, but there has been a removal of Input Tax Credit. Due to this, our operating costs have gone up. However, keeping customer convenience in mind we have structured the changes in such a manner that total amount paid by the customer remains the same,” the fast-food giant responded.

But that did not stop people from slamming them online and many are now urging people to boycott the brand and hashtag #BoycottMcDonalds has already created a huge buzz.

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