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P Chidambaram gets trolled for complaining about tea price at Chennai airport

When the former union minister wanted to have a cup of tea, he was given 'hot water' and a 'tea bag' for Rs 135. A miffed Chidambaram then refused to pay and was 'horrified' at how exorbitant it was.

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P Chidambaram gets trolled for complaining about tea price at Chennai airport

It is a given that when you go to an airport, you shell out more than your share for beverages, snacks and other items. In fact, we all know people who prefer to eat well before heading to the airport so as not to pay extra. But former Finance Minister P Chidambaram apparently had no idea that this is just usual business at an airport.

When the former union minister wanted to have a cup of tea, he was given 'hot water' and a 'tea bag' for Rs 135. A miffed Chidambaram then refused to pay and was 'horrified' at how exorbitant it was. He took to Twitter and said, "At Chennai Airport Coffee Day I asked for tea. Offered hot water and tea bag, price Rs 135. Horrified, I declined. Was I right or wrong?"

Chidambaram, perhaps, did not expect the reaction he received.

People were surprised at two things. First, how come Chidambaram did not know that airports charge exorbitant amounts for the smallest of things and second, was Rs 135 really too much for a person like Chidambaram? 

In one of the reactions, Ajit Bhinder told Chidamabaram: "That's d rate for many years- inside or outside the AirPort- how come you don't know d rates?  

Another Twitter user, Sachin Hanumante said: "This is the case at all Airport for years. Not just limited to Coffee. Judgement is relative to affordability. But thanks for highlighting."

Some of the people were so angry at Chidambaram's tweet that they accused him of not being in touch with the reality. The response came after the former Finance Minister expressed his shock after he was told that many people do buy tea and coffee at such exorbitant price.

In a tweet, Chidambaram had said: "Coffee Rs 180. I asked who buys it? Answer was 'many'. Am I outdated?"  

To this, a twitter user Shankar Sharan said: "Airport prices of tea and coffee have been atrociously high as long as I remember. Is this ignorance common to our rulers?"  

People also hit out at Chidambaram for making it look like a case of unaffordable prices. Noted journalist R Jagannathan in a tweet said: "Karti has enough money if he can afford Singhvi as lawyer. Moreover, his daughter is going to inherit a fortune from Karti friends."

 

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