A Melbourne cafe has introduced a $1 surcharge for customers who think Daniel Andrews is 'doing a great job' in a bid to stop angry patrons from arguing at the till.
The sign at the coffee counter at Arcobar in Heatherton, in the city's south-east, was put up by owner Franz Madlener, who described it as a 'silent protest'.
The move divided social media users, with some accusing Mr Medlener of pushing a political agenda, but he told Daily Mail Australia it was done on behalf of all hospitality business forced to close amid lockdowns.
The polarising sign (pictured) was strategically placed at the coffee counter at Arcobar in Heatherton, in the city's south-east, in early October
Cafe owner Franz Madlener (pictured) told Daily Mail Australia it is a 'silent protest' on behalf of all hospitality business forced to close amid lockdowns
'It came about because customers would come in a lecture staff about how they should be grateful that Dan Andrews allowed us to open at all,' he said.
'But spending $3 on coffee doesn't give you the right to lecture us on your views, so if that's what you're going to do, you can pay extra for the privilege'.
The embattled premier has been widely attacked for draconian restrictions mandating that food venues serve takeaway only, effectively slashing profits and destroying swaths of hospitality businesses across the metropolitan area.
Mr Madlener added that about 30 obliging patrons have happily paid the surcharge to show their support for Mr Andrews, which goes straight into the tip jar and is divided among staff.
Mr Madlener added that about 30 obliging patrons have happily paid the surcharge. Pictured left and right: Arcobar before and after restrictions
The embattled premier Daniel Andrews (pictured) has been widely attacked for draconian restrictions mandating that food venues serve takeaway only
'As a small business, the financial pain caused by lockdown has been off the charts.
'For people out there to think they have a right to lecture small businesses