A five-star hotel property in India is under probe in Chandigarh after a hilarious tweet by actor Rahul Bose.
Chandigarh tax authorities are reportedly investigating why Bose was charged Rs 442 for just two bananas.
The Chandigarh property of the multinational JW Marriott chain of hotels is now under the taxman’s scanner as to why this exorbitant charge was levied.
Times of Food has reached out to the JW Marriott officials for their comment on the matter, but is yet to get a response.
Rahul Bose tweets
It all started when Bose on Sunday, July 22, posted a 38-second video on Twitter and asked users of the microblogging platform: “Who said fruit wasn’t harmful to your existence?”
He explained in the video that he had been staying at the JW Marriott hotel in Sector 35 for Chandigarh. It was here that he ordered two bananas after a workout session.
When the bill for the fruits arrived, though, Bose was shocked to find he had been charged Rs 442.50 for them!
He captioned his video: “You have to see this to believe it. Who said fruit wasn’t harmful to your existence? Ask the wonderful folks at @JWMarriottChd #goingbananas #howtogetfitandgobroke #potassiumforkings [sic]”.
Watch the video here:
Chandigarh Deputy Commissioner and Excise and Taxation Commissioner Mandip Singh Brar ordered a probe into the incident on Wednesday, according to an Indian Express report.
He was quoted as saying: “Taking cognisance of the video and bill posted by the actor, I have ordered an investigation.”
He added: “I have directed Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner (AETC) Rajeev Chaudhary to conduct a thorough probe on how the hotel had charged GST [Goods and Services Tax] on fresh fruits. Strict action will be taken if found guilty.”
According to the report, the AETC will also investigate whether the hotel was depositing GST on the goods on which it was charging the tax from its customers.