Australian writer pays $100k for beer at UK pub during the Ashes
An Australian cricket writer has claimed to have been charged for "the most expensive beer in history" in the United Kingdom while working to cover this year's Ashes series.
Peter Lalor, who writes for The Australian, yesterday said he had been charged $99,983.64 (£55,284) for a glass of Deuchars beer at the Malmaison Hotel in Manchester.
"I didn't have my reading glasses when (the bar attendant) presented me with a bill for the beer and when she had some problems with the machine, I didn't think much of it," the writer posted to Twitter.
"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."
Mr Lalor had been slugged the almost $100,000-sum as well as a $2499.59 (£1381) transaction fee in the mix-up.
While the fee has since been refunded, the grand cost of the beverage is yet to be returned.
"It really is baffling that both Visa and our bank would allow such an amount to go through unquestioned," he said.
"They agree that there is a refund in the system, but it will take nine 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."
As for whether the beer was worth the major bill, Mr Lalor described Deuchars as "a good beer".
"If you are thinking that no beer is worth the best part of $100,000, then I am inclined to agree with you," he said.
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