According to Gothamist, an independent pharmacy in New York City called Thompson Chemists is charging a 7% "man tax" for male customers in order to, ironically, raise awareness about the price disparity between genders.
A study released last year by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs shows that, on average, products marketed to women in New York cost 7% more than the same products marketed to men. This includes everything from toys to grooming products to adult diapers. Gender pricing discrimination, commonly known as the "pink tax," also describes the tax placed on pads and tampons, which are sometimes considered "luxury items" instead of bare necessities.
But before you start protesting Thompson Chemists, know that men aren't actually being taxed more than women. Jolie Alony, who has owned the pharmacy for the past 22 years, says that men will pay normal price plus tax for their items, while women get a 7% discount off their purchases. With that discount, women end up paying about what they would have if there were no sales tax.
One Redditor wrote a (rather snarky) email to Thompson Chemists about the "man tax" and got this (rather snarky) response in return.
It is unlawful to discriminate based on gender, but The NYC Department of Consumer Affairs has confirmed to Gothamist that what Thompson Chemists is doing is completely legal, even if it does ruffle some feathers.