Sky is limit for extras
Published 27/11/2011 | 05:00
Sir -- Spare a thought for Michael Fairway, chief executive of Fairway's Budget Airlines.
Arriving in a hotel in Dublin, he went to the bar and asked for a pint of draught Guinness. The barman nodded and said, "That will be €1 please, Mr Fairway." Somewhat taken aback, Fairway 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 6pm until 8pm. We have the cheapest beer in Ireland." "That is remarkable value," Michael comments. "I see you don't seem to have a glass, so you'll probably need one of ours. That will be €3 please." Fairway 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-booked the seat, and it would have only cost you €1. I think you may be too big for the seat, sir, can I ask you to sit in this frame please." Michael attempted to sit down but the frame was too small and he complained, "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 for your seat, sir." Fairway swore to himself, but paid up.