Man pays nearly $100k for a beer in a Manch­ester pub

Fiji Sun - - World News -

An Aus­tralian man has been charged nearly AU$100,000 for a sin­gle beer in a Manch­ester pub.

Peter Lalor, a cricket writer for The Aus­tralian on tour cov­er­ing the Ashes, told of his sur­prise and frus­tra­tion on Twit­ter as he now faces a wait to re­plen­ish the funds. Mr Lalor said he didn’t ask the bar at­ten­dant how much the beer cost un­til af­ter he had fin­ished pay­ing for it. He said he eventually re­ceived a call from his bank back home in Aus­tralia telling him a sum of $99,983.64 — as well as a $2499.59 trans­ac­tion fee — had been re­moved from his ac­count. Mr Lalor said that the mis­take has left a “mas­sive hole in my fi­nances”. He said the ho­tel — the Mal­mai­son in Manch­ester — had been in con­tact to apol­o­gise.

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