An Australian journalist claims that he drank "the most expensive beer in history" after a Manchester bar charged him nearly A$100,000 ($68,120) for the tipple.
Peter Lalor, chief cricket writer for the Australian newspaper, said he went to drink at the bar prior to the fourth Ashes test at Old Trafford stadium. Lalor posted his experience on Twitter, saying that he wasn't wearing his glasses when he ordered the bottle of Deuchars IPA. Without his glasses, the journalist didn't check the price for the drink and just paid for it with his bank card.
A few hours later, Lalor was surprised when he got a message from his wife, who was in Australia at that time. His wife told the journalist that A$99,983.64 had been taken from their joint account and that another A$2,500 was also stripped away as a transaction fee, Reuters reports.
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After some sleuthing, Lalor found that the bar staff charged him 55,000 pounds for a single beer instead of the original price of 5.50 ($6.78). Malmaison Hotel, the hotel of the bar, was not available for any comments but a spokeswoman said they're conducting an investigation, as per The Guardian.
Lalor said the funds were taken from his mortgage offset account, so it didn't surprise him when he didn't receive any notification from his bank, which he refused to name.
"It really is baffling that both Visa and our bank would allow such an amount to go through unquestioned," he said in a tweet.
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Reuters says the transaction fee has been refunded, but it will still take nine working days until the "massive hole" in Lalor's finances has been returned.
"It’s a good beer. The original version of it won a heap of awards, including the Supreme Champion Beer of Britain, but if you are thinking that no beer is worth the best part of $100,000, then I am inclined to agree with you," he noted in his Twitter thread.