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A cheap pint

A sales executive called Malcolm arrived in a hotel in Bourton on the Water, he went to the bar and asks for a pint of draught Guinness. The barman nodded and said, "That will be one pound please, Sir."

Somewhat taken aback, Joey replied, "That's very cheap," and handed over his money.

"Well, we try to stay ahead of the competition", said the barman. "And we are serving free pints every Wednesday evening from 6 until 8. We have the cheapest beer in England."

"That is remarkable value" Joey comments.

"I see you don't seem to have a glass, so you'll probably need one of ours.

That will be £3 please."

Joey scowled, but paid up. He took his drink and walked towards a seat.

"Ah, you want to sit down?" said the barman. "That'll be an extra £2. You could have pre-book the seat, and it would have only cost you £1."

"I think you may to be too big for the seat sir, can I ask you to sit in this frame please."

Joey attempts to sit down but the frame is too small and when he can't squeeze in he complains, "Nobody would fit in that little frame".

"I'm afraid if you can't fit in the frame you'll have to pay an extra surcharge of £4.00 for your seat sir."

Joey swore to himself, but paid up. "I see that you have brought your laptop with you" added the barman. "And since that wasn't pre-booked either, that will be another £3."

Joey was so annoyed that he walked back to the bar, slammed his drink on the counter, and yelled, "This is ridiculous, I want to speak to the manager."

"Ah, I see you want to use the counter," says the barman, "that will be £2 please." Joey face was red with rage.

"I've had enough, What sort of Hotel is this? I come in for a quiet drink and you treat me like this. I insist on speaking to a manager!"

"Here is his E mail address, or if you wish, you can contact him between 9 and 9.10 every morning, Monday to Tuesday at this free phone number. Calls are free, until they are answered, then there is a talking charge of only 10p per second"

"I will never use this bar again."

"OK sir, but remember, we are the only hotel in England selling pints for £1.

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