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Australian Journalist Charged Rs. 48 lakhs for a Beer

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An Australian journalist was being charged over £55,000 (Rs. 48 lakhs) for a pint of beer in a Manchester hotel.

A day after watching Ashes cricket series at Old Trafford, Peter Lalor was charged an overpriced sum for a bottle of Deuchars IPA at Malmaison hotel.

Australian newspaper’s beer editor and chief cricket writer, Lalor said, “I decided I wanted one beer on the way home and dropped in because I have mates staying there.”

“I didn’t have my glasses on when I paid and there was some issue with the machine so I had to put my details in twice.”

“I just had this weird feeling and I said, ‘How much did I just pay for that beer?” told Lalor.

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“A girl at the bar looked at the bill and exclaimed, ‘Oh My God!’ and was a bit reluctant to show me the receipt,” added Lalor.

Lalor had been billed £55,262.96 (A$99,983.64) for a beer.

On seeing this, a hotel manager immediately admitted the mistake, promising to help him rectify with his bank, Lalor said.

Waking up to an alarming phone call from his wife, Lalor said she found a huge hole in his mortgage account.

“They can take the money out in seconds but it takes about 10 working days to put it back,” asserts Lalor.

“I’m losing a fair whack of interest and as of this moment, I’m $99,000 out of pocket,” Lalor tensed.

“It looks like I’ve ordered the most expensive beer in history,” said Lalor.

Meanwhile, Lalor said that the pint of beer was good but not that good.

“We are currently carrying out an investigation into what took place,” said a Malmaison spokesperson.

He adds, “We have been in contact with Peter to apologise and ensure that’ll be resolved as quickly as possible.”

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