- Rahul Bose in a video said the hotel charged him Rs 442 for two bananas
- Tax authorities fined JW Marriott Rs 25,000 for violating regulation
- The hotel was fined for collecting tax on an exempted item
The public relations nightmare for a five-star hotel in Chandigarh, peeled for trying to charge actor Rahul Bose Rs 442 for two bananas, refuses to die down.
Tax authorities have fined JW Marriott Rs 25,000 for violating regulation by collecting tax on an exempted item, news agency ANI reported on Saturday.
On Monday, Rahul Bose's video complaint went viral on Twitter after he roasted the hotel for charging him Rs 442 for two bananas.
"You have to see this to believe it. Who said fruit wasn't harmful to your existence?" the 51-year-old Shaurya star said.
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#potassiumforkingspic.twitter.com/SNJvecHvZB— Rahul Bose (@RahulBose1) July 22, 2019
The incident unleashed a wave of memes and jokes on Twitter with people sharing what soon came to be known as their "Rahul Bose Moments".
Even branded Twitter accounts joined the fun.
Western Railway can take you at many tourist spots around the western zone of India. Travel easy with WR at an affordable price (approx. fare for Sleeper class). #RahulBoseMoment#WRKiSawaripic.twitter.com/El6iap7vpN— Western Railway (@WesternRly) July 26, 2019
Amid the disaster online, the Excise and Taxation Department in Chandigarh also visited the hotel and seized documents related to the sale.
JW Marriott is yet to comment on the episode. Rahul Bose, who was shooting for a film in Chandigarh, left for Amritsar the following day.