This is not a joke: a restaurant in Hungary received a gas bill of HUF 2.3 million (EUR 5720) in August. They are far from being the only ones to be hit by the drastically increasing overhead prices, unfortunately.
“Our previous gas bill of HUF 250-300.000 will now be HUF ~2.300.000!” writes Pizza Monkey from Szeged, enclosing the company’s gas bill issued in mid-August. Their gas bills so far have been EUR 622-746, from now on, it is going to be EUR 5720. The picture shows that the money should be paid by Friday.
“☀️🔥 Bye Bye Summer! Hello Autumn! 💰❄️ Our gas supplier has unilaterally terminated our contract. Our previous gas bill of 250-300.000 HUF will now be ~2.300.000 HUF! With more than 60 colleagues, we hope for the best! Hang in there everyone, it’s going to be a tough time! 🥺 But we have always been, are and will be with you!”
their Facebook post reads.
G7 has found several other small businesses that have posted on Facebook in recent days and weeks that they can no longer operate due to rising costs. Among them are a sushi shop in Miskolc, a bakery in Isaszeg, a playhouse in Kiskunhalas, a wine shop in Székesfehérvár and a greengrocer in Dabas. Pizza On top of that, a Budapest patisserie that has been operating for 65 years, is forced to close as well.
Although there are no official figures yet, Facebook, which is also used by many companies as their primary marketing tool and communication channel, already features dozens of posts from Hungarian businesses announcing their final closure. The businesses are typically small, family-owned businesses. Pizzerias, libraries, playhouses, restaurants, convenience stores, wine shops and cafés close their doors for good in this new Hungarian reality.
Businesses and municipalities are no longer covered by the cuts at all, and the public is also only partially covered. Consumers have just received their first bills, many of them with incomprehensibly high amounts, 444.hu writes.
Source: 444.hu, g7.hu, Facebook