"Who said fruit wasn't harmful to your existence?"
In a strange incident, a hotel was fined Rs. 25,000 (£290) for overcharging actor Rahul Bose after he bought some bananas.
The JW Marriott hotel in Chandigarh was handed the fine by the Excise and Taxation Department of the Union Territory.
The fine was imposed after the hotel authorities failed to provide a satisfactory reply on a show-cause notice served over the issue.
Rahul was a guest at the hotel and had purchased two bananas there. However, he was stunned to find out that he was charged Rs. 442.50 (£5.20) for them.
The I Am actor took to Twitter to narrate his unexpected experience at the lavish five-star hotel. He spoke about the incident in a video.
In the clip, Rahul praised the hotel before saying that he asked for the fruit while exercising in the gym.
He wrote: “You have to see this to believe it. Who said fruit wasn’t harmful to your existence? Ask the wonderful folks at JW Marriott Chandigarh.”
Rahul showed the bill which shows he was actually charged Rs. 442.50 for a full “fruit platter”.
Before the video ended, the actor sarcastically quipped: “They’re just too good for me.”
You have to see this to believe it. Who said fruit wasn’t harmful to your existence? Ask the wonderful folks at @JWMarriottChd #goingbananas #howtogetfitandgobroke #potassiumforkings pic.twitter.com/SNJvecHvZB
— Rahul Bose (@RahulBose1) July 22, 2019
The actor’s experience attracted online attention and many were quick to agree with him.
One person commented: “Gold plated bananas?”
Another wrote: “This is daylight robbery.”
One user posted:
“Basically they don’t have a system to enter 2 bananas in their billing software so they charged you for an entire fruit platter.”
“Tho so many hotels have fruit basket in the room.”
Others were not so sympathetic towards him. One user wrote:
“Why not step outside for a walk and buy from nearest ‘thele waala’ (moving cart) than unnecessary defaming the five star?
“5 Stars are supposed to be obnoxiously expensive, you need to give your laziness a rest!”
The incident also prompted social media users to reminisce the moments when they had to pay for something that broke their banks.
Excise and Taxation Assistant Commissioner in Chandigarh RK Chaudhry said:
“In this matter, a showcase notice was issued to the hotel management.
“They were called today for the reply. But they could not give a satisfactory reply. So after hearing, they have been imposed with the fine.”
JW Marriott has not spoken about the incident. Rahul Bose had been shooting for a film in Chandigarh.