“If people aren’t comfortable paying it or if men don’t want to pay it, we’re not going to kick them out the door.” O’Brien told the Telegraph. “It’s just a good opportunity to do some good.”
O’Brien says her customers — both male and female — have been very supportive, with “numerous men” paying the “tax” and throwing in a few dollars more for the cause. “As a man — no problem with it at all,” one customer told the media organization. “No reason women shouldn’t have their own spaces and be able to dictate what the rules are in them.”
But the response on social media has been mixed. Some have pointed out that the move creates more divisiveness and discrimination. Others are just plain angry. Many online rose to the cafe’s defense, with one Facebook commenter saying that the restaurant is a “beautiful place to take my daughters.”
O’Brien plans to donate the proceeds from the “tax” to an aboriginal women’s welfare charity.