A Mumbai hotel known as Taj Santacruz has been offering complimentary fruits to all its guests since its opening in 2016. This was highlighted by netizens on Twitter in light of the Rahul Bose incident when he was charged Rs 442 for two bananas by JW Marriott. “Meanwhile, in the land of trolling JW Marriott,” a wrote a Twitter user in a tweet, sharing a picture of Taj’s message to its patrons, prompting hilarious reactions online. “Unfair comparison. You need to order two bananas in the gym,” another user wrote whereas others offered variations of the famous ad slogan, “Waah Taj.”
Meanwhile, in the land of trolling JW Marriott.... pic.twitter.com/ipGEZILQ4s— Deepak Shenoy (@deepakshenoy) July 25, 2019
Waah Taj.— sahanshu agrawal (@sahanshu) July 26, 2019
Well played Taj— atul sharma (@atulysharma) July 26, 2019
The Bollywood actor had earlier posted a video online, detailing the incident that took place with him. Bose had relayed that he ordered two bananas while using the gym at JW Marriott and was billed for Rs 442. “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 on July 22. He said he was in a state of shock after receiving the bill that listed two bananas as a fruit platter.
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 with 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.
The Indian Excise and Taxation department also sprang into action and constituted a team to probe the sale of two bananas costing Rs 442 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.