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Five star hotels are known for their extravagant array of delicacies that comes at a sky-high price. But who knew simple boiled eggs could cost someone Rs 1700? Recently a Canada-based hotel chain in Mumbai charged their diner Rs 1700 for two boiled eggs, that breaks it down to Rs 850 per egg.
The customer shared an image of his bill on twitter and the netizens condemned this insensitive pricing in a series of heated reactions.
The bill also showed an omelette being priced at Rs 850, while diet Coke was served for Rs. 260. Twitterati expressed their shock and disbelief over this outlandish pricing. A twitter user commented, "On the name of luxury or 5 star you can't just charge ridiculous prices. 300 times the actual cost."
On the name of luxury or 5 star you can't just charge ridiculous prices . 300 times the actual cost . This is hilarious , and coke bottle , what for the mrp is .— Uncle Frank (@frank_donk) August 11, 2019
While another user took it with a pinch of humour and reacted, "what profit? Omelet master salary in Dhaba is 3000/pm and the Sui-Chef in 5 stars is 60,000/pm."
what profit? Omelet master salary in Dhaba is 3000/pm and the Sui-Chef salary in 5 stars is 60,000/pm.— PopcornMSM (@popcornmsm) August 11, 2019
On the other hand, a few social media users supported the hotel and mentioned that they have all the rights to determine their charging structure. One user wrote, "If you think that the price is unjustified, better you don't consume it. The price charged is just not only for 2 eggs, it also includes the services provided by the hotel to you."
If you think that the price is unjustified,better you don't consume it. The price charged is just not only for 2 eggs, it also includes the services provided by the hotel to you. so plzz just to defame a hotel property, don't rattle around.— Nilesh Jaiswal (@NileshJ18774389) August 11, 2019
Last month, actor Rahul Bose reported a similar incident where he was billed an unbelievable amount of Rs. 442 for two bananas by JW Marriott Hotel in Chandigarh. However, the Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) refuted the allegations of overpricing in a statement on 30 July.
"Unlike a retail store where bananas can be purchased at market price, a hotel offers service, quality, plate, cutlery, accompaniment, sanitized fruit, ambience and luxury, and not the commodity alone. A coffee available at Rs. 10 at a roadside stall could be served at Rs. 250 in a luxury hotel," explained Gurbaxish Singh Kohli, the vice-president of FHRAI.
However, the Chandigarh Excise and Taxation Department served a show-cause notice to the hotel for applying 18 percent GST on two bananas. It will be interesting to see whether negative reactions will compel the chain of luxury hotels to stop overpricing simple food items like bananas and eggs.