5-star Ba­nana Skin

India Today - - UPFRONT -

Rahul Bose’s vi­ral video of his re­ac­tion to be­ing charged nearly Rs 450 for two ba­nanas has had the un­in­tended con­se­quence of bring­ing down the might of Chandi­garh’s ex­cise depart­ment on the be­lea­guered JW Mar­riott ho­tel, and a Rs 25,000 fine. While so­cial me­dia erupted in mer­ri­ment, the na­tional ho­tels and restau­rants as­so­ci­a­tion didn’t see the joke. It in­sists lux­ury ho­tels have a le­gal obli­ga­tion to charge such prices be­cause it is not serv­ing fruit alone, but fruit on a plate, with cut­lery and an ac­com­pa­ny­ing am­bi­ence of in­flated self-worth. Plus 18% GST. ■

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