An Australian cricket journalist was mistakenly charged $99,983 (£55,000) for a single bottle of beer in the Malmaison Hotel in Manchester.
A spokesman for the hotel said that an investigation had been launched and it was discovered that the hotel’s IT system had been uploaded with the post-Brexit price list instead of the current one.
“I can only apologise for this cock-up,” said the hotel group’s CEO Guus Bakker, “That said, the lucky bugger got off lightly as we never applied the VAT.”
When asked how much the same beer would have cost post Brexit had he bought it from the bedroom mini-bar, Bakker chuckled, “I’ll give you a clue. It’s the equivalent of the Bolivian national debt.”
Mr Lalor, the journalist charged the extortionate price for the beer, suffered the further insult of having all the money removed from his bank account as the hotel had his card details. Even worse, the speed of returning the money taken in error is significantly longer than that which it flew out of his bank. It disappeared in an electronic flash but mysteriously will take ten business days to be put back in his account.
But ultimately the biggest insult to the luckless Mr. Lalor is that he has been charged a transaction fee of £1,000.
“If I’d have gone to the pub next door I could have bought 250 pints for the transaction fee alone,” said Lalor.
However, ‘in no hurry to give the money’ Bakker seemed unrepentant for what his hotel had done to the ‘cleaned out cobber.’
“It was a simple error,” snapped ‘why all the fuus’ Guus, “Wait till the moaning Minnie gets the post-Brexit bill for the porn movie he watched in his room.”