Australian cricket journalist Peter Lalor stopped at a bar in Manchester, northwest England, in order to, of course, drink. Little did he know that he was about to drink what he called to be “the most expensive beer in history”. Lalor was charged about A$100,000 ($68,120) for the said drink.
Relaying the tale on his Twitter account, Lalor said he was not wearing his glasses, so he did not check the bill for the bottle of Deuchars IPA he ordered before handing over his bank card.
The rude shock came a few hours later when Lalor’s wife, at home in Australia, alerted him to the fact that A$99,983.64 had been stripped from their joint account. Adding to the pain, he’d been slugged another A$2,500 as a transaction fee.
Some sleuthing revealed that instead of entering 5.50 pounds ($6.78), bar staff charged him 55,000 pounds for a single beer.
Thankfully, the transaction fee has already been refunded to Lalor, though he will have to face a “massive hole” in his finances, as the larger amount will take nine working days to be returned.
As for the quality of the ale itself, which has won a number of awards, Lalor was ambivalent: “It was good, but not that good.”
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