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German cafe charges for time rather than coffee

May 27, 2013 at 12:51 PM

WIESBADEN, Germany, May 29 (UPI) -- A German cafe said it is charging customers for the amount of time they spend in the facility instead of charging them for the items they order.

Daria Volkova, 24, founder of the Slow Times cafe in Wiesbaden, said she was inspired by similar cafes in her native Russia, which she left for Germany in 2008, The Local.de reported Monday.

Volkova said she is hoping the business model will help the cafe make enough money to support her and her 6-year-old son.

"I hope to capture the spirit of the times," Volkova said.

Volkova said customers are given time-marked wristbands when they enter the cafe and they are charged $0.06 per minute, amounting to about $3.60 per hour.

Volkova said clocks around the cafe are purposefully set to different times to help people stop thinking about time and instead focus on those around them.

"It's easier -- and cheaper -- to meet people here than in a bar, where you have to buy expensive drinks," Volkova said.

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