"I like good beer and good wine, but I don't pay stupid prices," he told CNN in an email.
It may have been true before he had a beer at a hotel bar in Manchester, England. He expected to pay $ 6.76. He was charged more than 10,000 times more than that.
The scheme started Sunday night after he dropped a friend at a train station and stopped at the Malmaison Hotel. He asked for something British. To his dismay, the bartender suggested a Heineken. So he satisfied himself with an IPA (which ended up being Scottish).
He didn't have glasses when the barman gave him the check, he said, but he "just had a feeling she was wrong [the price]." So he asked her what he had been accused of, and she collapsed to giggle.
Lalor did not laugh.
"She had raised the prize 1
He was waiting for a refund
The management gave him an instant refund and assured him that the charge might not even pass through. But a few days later, his wife called – $ 67,000+ dollars, gone.
His bank said it would take about 10 days to repay the sum, so Lalors waited anxiously.
"I am not a wealthy man," he said. "I could buy the car 10 times with that amount."
Malmaison told CNN that it reached out to apologize and resolve the error.
"We always benchmark our bar prices and acknowledge that this was a bit on the steep side," the hotel chain said in a statement to CNN. "We hope we can invite Peter back for another drink soon. The next one is definitely at the house!"