Don’t spend that 80 cents in one place, city of Chicago.
Noticed something else. 80 cents divided by $7.40 is 10.8%. That is a rather high sales tax rate. The sales tax here in Ballwin, suburban St. Louis, is 7.925%, and even in the city of St. Louis, it’s 8.5%.
I got something even better.
Needless to say, there are no liquor or alcohol surtaxes in Missouri.
Chicago, like a lot of cities charge a Meals tax in added to the regular sales tax. Heck, a little bitty town in my neck of the woods just ran an article in the local paper that the town gets more revenue from the meals tax than they do from property taxes. (And they don’t have anything close to fine dining–mostly fast food and diners).
Chicago has a carried-out food tax zone. It costs more for me to eat in my office than in a (non waited) restaurant.
One day the city has decided it needs to be tipped for (building employees) emptying garbage cans (in private buildings).