A BEER writer has revealed the jaw-dropping moment he realised he had been charged £56,000 for a pint of ale.
Australian Peter Lalor dubbed his drink “the most expensive beer in history” after the bill-mix up at a Manchester hotel over the weekend.
Taking to Twitter, the beer and cricket writer said he had chosen the Deuchars IPA tipple while at the Malmaison Hotel in Manchester on Sunday.
And without his reading glasses, he used his Visa card to pay for the pint – only afterwards realising he had been charged AUD$99,983.64 – £56,000.
Sharing a photo of the glass, he recounted: “It was a quiet Sunday night when I made the fateful purchase. I asked a young barman if he had anything that was not an American craft beer or Eurolager. I wanted something a little British.
“He had no idea. Said he’d only worked 6 shifts at the establishment.”
The writer said he then spoke to the senior bar attendant, who suggested Heineken – a Dutch beer.
Something, however, made me ask ‘how much did I just pay for that beer’. She checked, covered her mouth, started to giggle
Mr Lalor added: “Just quietly, it annoys me a bit when people show no interest in their job, but I persisted politely and opted for the very English IPA pictured above.
“Anyway, 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. I insisted.
“She kept giggling, I told her it needed to be fixed and fixed right now.”
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He said the bar attendant then “ran” to get her manager – as he received a sickening call from home to tell him thousands had been removed from his account.
He said: “The sum of $99,983.64 had been removed from our account. And, there’d been a transaction fee of $2,499.59 to add to the pain.”
The beer normally sells for about £1.80 per bottle in supermarkets.
And the journalist said he was still waiting for a refund – baffled as to how that could have happened.
He said: “It really is baffling that both Visa and our bank would allow such an amount to go through unquestioned. And, guess what? They agree that there is a refund in the system but it will take 9 working days for it to go through. In the mean time there’s a massive hole in my finances.
“Lesson to be learned: Always find your glasses when presented with a bill.”
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It is understood Mr Lalor was able to be charged so much as it charged to his mortgage account.
And while the beer fan admitted the Deuchars IPA tipple had won awards – including the Supreme Champion Beer of Britain – he admitted it wasn’t worth the hfy price tag.
A Malmaison spokesperson said: “We are currently carrying out an investigation into what took place. We have been in contact with Peter to apologise and ensure this has been resolved as quickly as possible.”
Peter said he had ordered a beer on Sunday night, asking for an English beer for this trip[/caption]
Peter said the bar attendant had offered him a Heineken, with him asking for the ‘very English’ IPA[/caption]
Peter said he had bought the beer from Malmaison hotel in Manchester[/caption]
Peter said something felt off, with him asking how much the beer had cost – with the attendant starting to giggle[/caption]
Peter said the manager tried to arrange a refund, but he was still waiting[/caption]
Thousands of pounds had been taken from Peter’s account[/caption]
Peter said it was baffling that the huge amounts had been pulled from his mortgage account[/caption]
He ended his tweets with the message to ‘always find your glasses when presented with a bill’[/caption]
A friend said the journalist had been charged to his mortgage account[/caption]
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