“Biggest Scam Run By Restaurants Is Overcharging For ‘Premium’ Water,” Says X User; Netizens Call It “Expensive Hydration”

Restaurants across the country are notorious for charging exorbitant prices for "premium" bottled water.

by Nikitha Sebastian
“Biggest Scam Run By Restaurants Is Overcharging For ‘Premium’ Water,” Says X User; Netizens Call It “Expensive Hydration”

We’ve all been there. You’re enjoying a delicious meal at a restaurant, the ambience is perfect, and then the bill arrives. You scan it over, everything seems reasonable… until you see it: a whopping ₹280 charge for a bottle of water! That’s right, for the very same liquid that gushes out of your tap at home, you’ve just been scammed. Restaurants are now overcharging for what they call ‘premium water.’

Overcharging For ‘Premium’ Water

This isn’t a one-off incident. Restaurants across the country are notorious for charging exorbitant prices for “premium” bottled water. Sumukh Rao took to the social media platform X (Formerly, Twitter) to reveal how big of a scam this is. The marketing ploy? Crystal-clear mountain springs, infused with magical 12-mineral blends that promise a symphony of taste on your tongue. But let’s be honest, folks, it’s water. Glorified, overpriced H2O.

The Internet is flooded with frustrated Netizens echoing this sentiment. “Carrying a reusable water bottle is the way to go,” one declared. And they’re absolutely right. Not only are they haemorrhaging money on basic hydration, but they’re also contributing to a mountain of plastic waste.

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Restaurant Water Scam

Another user commented, “I carried 10 bottles back home after our party.  I am using them since last 3 years as refrigerator water bottles. Looks absolutely fab on dinner table.” Those fancy glass bottles they serve the overpriced stuff in? Washed and refilled, they become a trusty refrigerator water bottles for years to come. Stylish and sustainable – what’s not to love?

One user pointed out, “Oh yes, I too fell for this same bottle one time at the restaurant, the MRP on this is around 350, such a scam this is.” Don’t let the hefty price tag and the fancy label convince you it must be some kind of elixir. The ₹350 MRP printed on the bottle is simply a slap in the face.

Some users mentioned how they would be happy to pay a premium for good food, for a chef’s culinary expertise. But for water? Absolutely not. It’s a basic necessity, and restaurants shouldn’t be exploiting customers’ thirst for profit.

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So, the next time you’re at a restaurant, ditch the overpriced water and make a stand. Ask about their water options and their prices. After all, hydration shouldn’t come at the cost of your wallet or the planet.

Cover Image Courtesy: @RaoSumukh, @chhotapasta/X (Formerly, Twitter), Canva (Representative Image)

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