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
In the video, Bose can be heard saying, “So I’m shooting in Chandigarh and I’m staying in this beautiful suite at the JW Mariott, where they give you all these elegant freebies like these chocolate cookies and God knows how much these flowers must have cost. But get this – I was in the gym and I asked for two bananas while I was working out and, of course, I got the bananas. Check the bill out. They’re just too good for me. Well done, JW Marriott Chandigarh.” The bill mentioned Bose’s order as ‘Fruit Platter’, which was shown to have a price of INR 375. Added to that was the GST, which brought the price of the bananas to a total of INR 442.50.
The video has 46 thousand views (at the time of writing this article) and has a thousand ‘re-tweets’ as well as two and a half thousand ‘likes’. Twitter, obviously, had a lot to say about the seemingly bizarre incident. While some people sympathized with Rahul Bose for being charged so much for two bananas, some others suggested ways for avoiding exorbitant bills like these while staying at five-star hotels.
The hotel hasn’t reacted to Rahul Bose’s tweet yet. What do you think about this incident – was it fair game for the hotel to charge what they did, or was Bose’s indignation justified? Let us know in the comments below!
Banana tax costs hotel Rs 25K
Rahul Bose was charged Rs 442.50 for two bananas by JW Marriot hotel
The Chandigarh Excise and Taxation Department today imposed a penalty of Rs 25,000 on the JW Marriot hotel for illegally levying 18 per cent tax on the fresh fruit (bananas) which is tax-free under the GST. The hotel had charged actor Rahul Bose Rs 442.50 (including GST) for two banans.
Last Sunday, Bose had posted a video on Twitter expressing shock at being charged such a huge amount for two bananas at the hotel located in Sector 35. In the bill posted by Bose on the social media, the bananas were shown as fruit platter. An amount of Rs 375 was shown to be charged as food while the remaining amount as 18 per cent GST.
While the video triggered a large-scale debate on the issue of overcharging in hotels, Mandeep Singh Brar, Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Chandigarh, ordered an inquiry into the issue. Officers’ teams visited the hotel and collected relevant information. On the basis of the inquiry, a show-cause notice was sent to the hotel yesterday, giving the management an opportunity to explain as to why they had charged tax on the tax-free fresh fruit (bananas) ordered by actor Rahul Bose.
Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner (AETC) RK Chaudhary said the hotel management was given one-day deadline to reply to the notice, but nobody from the hotel appeared for the hearing today.
He said on the basis of the inquiry and the available records, a penalty of Rs 25,000 had been imposed on the hotel for illegally charging tax on a tax-free item.
Meanwhile, Ajay Jagga, member of the consumer protection cell, has demanded a meeting of the Consumer Protection Council in view of the recent controversy. He said a similar matter was decided in Tamil Nadu by a consumer forum that said no tax could be charged on goods for which tax is zero per cent or say are exempted from tax.