Having a few beers at the pub usually costs you no more than 20 or 30 bucks, depending on how many you have, how much you tip, and how long you stay in the same place.
That was the size of the bill sports reporter Peter Lalor had in mind when he ordered a beer – but instead, he ended paying almost $100,000. Reports the BBC.
Peter Lalor is an Australian sports reporter who was in Manchester to write about The Ashes cricket series. During his stay at the Malmaison hotel, as most people do, he went to the bar to have a beer.
The bill: almost $100,000
At the pub, Peter crawled down to a comfy seat and ordered a Deuchers IPA, a Scottish IPA beer that usually costs around $7.50 in American currency or almost 10 Australian dollars.
But while he was paying for the IPA beer, something went very, very wrong.
Instead of the usual AU$9.9, AU$99,983.64 was debited from Peter’s account.
“The most expensive IPA beer in history”
“I didn’t have my reading glasses when she presented me with a bill. 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.” He explained.
Peter himself posted a picture sharing his shocking experience.
Peter contacted his wife at home in Australia who checked the balance on the account, which showed that $99,983.64 (Australian) had indeed been deducted.
“$10,000 transaction fee”
“To add insult to injury they charged a £1,000 transaction fee. Until the money comes back I won’t rest easy”, Peter said.
A spokeperson for the hotel said:
“We are currently investigating what happened. We have been in contact with Peter to apologize and ensure this gets resolved as quickly as possible.”
Peter later tweeted:
“It’s a good IPA 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 IPA beer is worth the best part of 100,000 dollars, then I am inclined to agree with you.”
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