By Jeff Somogyi, dealnews Media Editor Showrooming: It's when a customer walks into a brick-and-mortar store, tries out a product, and then leaves and buys the item online. Since the intent of a showroomer is never to buy anything during said trip, the practice is really starting to annoy retail stores. One merchant in Brisbane, Australia (which sells food and supplies to those with celiac disease) has finally had enough. Unhappy that customers to his store were showrooming, the owner has implemented a $5 fee for "just looking." If the customer ends up buying something, that $5 is reimbursed on their bill. This is clearly not the best situation for all parties involved. Customers certainly don't want to lay out $5; and it's doubtful that the owner really wanted to put this policy into place had he not felt it was necessary for his business' survival. On Facebook, he explained, "I get some very sick people through the door, and all occupy 20 to 30 minutes, average, of time. Like anyone else, I would like to get paid for my work." We want to know what you think! Can a small business owner be forgiven for such a practice because he's just trying to survive in the "buy everything on the Internet" world? What if a larger merchant were to attempt such a thing? How are stores supposed to combat showrooming? Sound off in the comments below! Front page photo credit: Weird NJ Photo credit: Penny Dreadful Related dealnews Features: Ridiculous Recalls: From Sheer Yoga Pants to Hair-Eating Dolls Your Phone is Making You Spend More While Grocery Shopping Dudes: Would You Shop at a Man Aisle? Jeff Somogyi is the dealnews Media Editor. See more of his questions on Google+, Twitter, or on his comic book blog. Follow @dealnews on Twitter for the latest roundups, price trend info, and stories. You can also sign up for an email alert for all dealnews features.