I’ve always felt that buying bottled water was one of the biggest scams out there. The only time I find it really worth purchasing is when traveling to countries where the water is not safe to drink.
As we all know, the price of bottled water can vary based on the brand and where you purchase it.
However, based on a story I just read on Fox News, the prices at The Wellesley Hotel in London are just crazy!
A man was having a business meeting at the hotel’s Crystal Bar. During their meeting all they had was three 500ml bottles of San Pellegrino. When the bill came, the man was in for the surprise of his life. His bill for the fancy H2O came to £75, the equivalent of $127US.
I could only imagine his surprise at what he saw.
While San Pellegrino usually sells for $2 per bottle, he knew the hotel would charge a bit more but not that much more.
The hotel charged £16.50
per bottle, around $28 US which to me is crazy in itself but little did he realize, the hotel also charges a pretty steep service charge of £25, $43US per person for customers at the bar after 4 p.m. They also charge a £50.17, $85US “minimum spend” fee which brought the tab to a total of £75.
The man paid his bill without complaint but did share a photo of his bill on Twitter with a warning to others about the crazy fees.
The hotel responded to his Tweet by saying they will make sure that their policy is “dazzingly clear to all in the future”. They also claim that their policy is made known to customers and is “comparable to similar venues across London”.
What’s the most money you’ve ever spent for a bottle of water?
Find out more about the story from Fox News here.