A man in a Manchester bar was charged £55,000 for a single ale. The insane price tag left the punter believing he had consumed “the most expensive beer in history”.
Peter Lalor, a cricket journo from down under, was a guest at the Malmaison in Manchester for the fourth Ashes Test match. In anticipation of the match he purchased a bottle of Deuchars IPA at the hotel bar.
The drink was meant to cost £5.50, but when he went to pay for the bev it became clear that something was out of whack.
Taking to Twitter, Mr Lalor wrote: “I didn’t have my reading glasses when she presented me with a bill for the beer and when she had some problems with the machine I didn’t think much of it, but it was eventually resolved, I said I didn’t want a receipt and she went to leave.”
“Something, however, made me ask: ‘How much did I just pay for that beer?’ She checked, covered her mouth, started to giggle and refused to tell me, saying only there had been a mistake and she would fix it.”
“She kept giggling, I told her it needed to be fixed and fixed right now. She ran to get her manager who took the situation far more seriously and went about attempting to arrange a refund. She told me somebody would be in contact.”
However, Mr Lalor claims nobody got in contact with him and he was oblivious to just how much had been withdrawn from the account until he got a call from home:
“The sum of $99,983.64 (£55,300) had been removed from our account,” he said. “And, there’d been a transaction fee of $2,499.59 (£1,380) to add to the pain. The fee has been refunded but not the larger amount.”
Mr Lalor was baffled as to how the transaction went through “unquestioned”, and even though he was promised a refund in nine working days “in the meantime there’s a massive hole in [his] finances”.
Roughly an hour and a half after tweeting about the massive mix up, Mr Lalor said the hotel had been in touch and were “being very helpful now”.
See this beer? That is the most expensive beer in history.
I paid $99,983.64 for it in the Malmaison Hotel, Manchester the other night.
— Peter Lalor (@plalor) September 5, 2019
Mr Lalor tweeted. “It’s a good beer. The original version of it won a heap of awards, including the Supreme Champion Beer of Britain, but if you are thinking that no beer is worth the best part of 100,000 dollars, then I am inclined to agree with you.”
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