The Indian Excise and Taxation department constituted a team to probe the sale of two bananas costing Rs 442 to Bollywood actor Rahul Bose a day after Chandrigarh deputy commissioner ordered a probe into the charging of goods and services tax by JW Marriott. “We have constituted a three member team, which will visit the hotel and inspect relevant documents. If need be we can also call for records from the hotel. The probe mandate is whether the hotel was charging GST as per law or not. Also we will be checking whether the amount charged as GST is being paid to the government as per law,” said a senior officer of the department on the condition of anonymity.
Earlier, this week, Bose took to social media and tweeted a video detailing the aforementioned incident. In the video, Bose reveals that he was charged Rs 442 for two bananas by an upscale hotel that billed it as a ‘fruit platter’. He had also shared a copy of the bill which showed RS 67 charged as GST. “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,” the actor had tweeted. Bose explained in the video that he had ordered two bananas while using the hotel gym.
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 pic.twitter.com/SNJvecHvZB— Rahul Bose (@RahulBose1) July 22, 2019
After the video began doing the rounds on social media, netizens resorted to reacting in fury with plenty of jokes and memes. Some people blamed the hotel for cheating their customers by charging them more whereas some termed the bill as “just bananas.” A few users also took jibes at Bose by saying that if he is okay with paying thousands for the hotel room then he shouldn’t have a problem paying the aforementioned amount for bananas. Some also urged him to go see the hotel management and sort out the silly issue.
Its not just banana..its called ullu Banana..— SOUMYA RANJAN (@soumya_tweet) July 23, 2019
gold plated Bananas ?— (@KadakChaa) July 22, 2019
We feel same when we buy popcorn in Multiplex https://t.co/e3110n90zD— Srikanth (@srikanthbjp_) July 24, 2019
When contacted, a spokesperson for JW Marriott stated, “We are examining the issue and we will be shortly releasing an official statement.”