Ax the Bev Tax

Voices of the Ax the Bev Tax Coalition

“Business is hard now because of the tax. We used to place beverage orders twice a week. Now we place one order every 2-3 weeks.” - Antonio Capellan of 60th Food Market
“We are near the county line and this tax is taking away Philly business and sending it out to the county.” - Diones Almonte of Felton Mini Market
“So many customers are going across the street to businesses outside the city. We stopped selling 2 litre sodas and we’ve considered not selling soda at all.” - Luke Mennella of Ferrante Meats & More
“Thanks to the beverage tax we are not selling as much as or fast as before. We are forced to throw out beverages because they expire before being sold.” - Majed About of Four Seasons Market
“How can i compete when I’m on the border of Montgomery County? We went from ordering beverages weekly to every two months. This is a disaster for my business.” - Gui Dan Hong of Fuwa Deli
"The soda tax is making it too expensive for my customers." - Qiufeng Cheng of Hunan Palace
"I'm on the border. This tax is hurting my business so much. People are taking their business to where there is no beverage tax." - Younes Hans Ali of Mediterra Grill & Pizza
“I don’t know where the city is putting the money because my children do not have supplies at school. Their school does not have air conditioning but the administration building looks like a five-star hotel. The tax is not working to help education.” - Xavier Cologne of Pantry 1 Food Mart
“My business sales are down because why would you come to my store to buy your soda and gas when you can go 3 miles and get your drinks cheaper and just buy your gas there as well.” - Shankar Pant of Pant’s Corporation DBA Exxon
"It's not fair that I lose customers because they can get cheaper products right across the border!" - Rania Kamariotis of Papp's Pizza
“Our servers cannot make ends meet because everyone only orders water and that makes the check totals lower, so tip income is lower. That is what the tax has done for us.” - Rita Borgia of Paradise Diner
“At first we just raised our prices, then no one bought the drinks and we could not return them. Then it was so expensive that we quit selling the drinks completely and the City keeps coming in and trying to find that we indeed are still selling drinks so we had to completely remove the drink coolers.” - David Dinh of Scoreboard Sport Grille
“The beverage tax is hurting our sales. Customers are telling us they go to Upper Darby and buy their soda there.” - Bennett Okemefule of Uncle Musa’s Store
“I’ve Been here 17 years and this is the worst it’s been. My sales are down by 30% because of the beverage tax. I used to buy 40 cases of beverages a week and now I’m lucky if I can sell 10 cases a week. My store is maybe 2 minutes away from Upper Darby, where my customers can buy soda that’s not taxed. I want the city to lower the beverage tax; even a half cent per ounce tax would be better than this tax.” - Guillermo Herrera of Woodland Grocery
"My business has lower sales and I am working more hours myself because the tax has cut so deeply into our profit that I can barely pay myself." - Nereida Jaquez of Alizandro Mini Market
"The store has been in the community for seven years but thanks to beverage tax sales have dropped by 80%." - Jose Manuel Montolis of 24 & Moore Food Market
"The taxes are too high. Our profits are lower." - Eva Estevez of Bacalao Food Market
"After 48 years as a family owned business, this tax is killing us. Customer complaints are at an all time high. We've prided ourselves on a good customer experience, the tax is hurting our customers as well as our business." - Souhail Balech of Leandro's Pizza
"Since the tax has been in effect, our sales have decreased by 30%. We've stopped carrying many beverages because customers refuse to pay the high tax." - Adalberto Fernandez of South Philly Grocery
"We are a family owned business are we are tired of seeing people go across the bridge to buy beverages. We want it repealed!" - John Westover of Sorrentino's Deli
"This family owned business has been here for the past six years. Please end the soda tax in 2018, we want to stay in Philadelphia." - Dashamir Hebejor of La Casa Bella
"This tax is hurting our business and customer relations. Profits are down and the tax is unfair." - Mohd Dyan of Value-Plaza Dollar Plus
"My beverage sales have dropped by 50% and I've stopped carrying 2 liter bottles because they don't sell. My customers tell me they go out of the city to buy their beverages. This tax is hurting my business and the city doesn't get it. The city has stopped by 5 times already to check my receipts; that's a waste of my time and money." - Zhenzhou Zheng of D & C Deli
"Beverage sales have declined. Customers are telling me they go accross to Jersey or just out of the city to buy their beverages to avoid the tax." - Tom Palestino of Mi Pals Deli
"I've been living in the U.S. since 1997 and have been a business owner for over 20 years. I used to purchase 30 cases of beverages a week and now I'm down to five. It's hard to compete against other business owners that go buy their drinks outside the county line and sell it cheaper in their stores." - Jose Torres of V & T Deli
"This tax is hurting our business and customer relations. Profits are down and the tax is unfair." - Ismael Donzo of 4 Seasons Cafe
"It's not longer profitable to sell smaller beverages. This tax is really hurting our business." - Rocco Sharp of Jimmy's Pizza House

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