A yeshiva bochur was recently charged 70 shekels for ordering orange juice and Coca Cola in the lobby of the David Citadel Hotel, which is located across from the Waldorf Astoria, in the neighborhood of Mamilla in Yerushalayim.
In the hotel’s defense, it should be noted that the bochur was told in advance that there would be a minimum charge of 70 shekels for sitting in the lobby.
This young man contacted a Knesset member about the subject, and the MK sent a parliamentary query to Yariv Levin, the Minister of Tourism.
Levin responded that his ministry does not have the ability to interfere in a private business, but he added that he had contacted the Israel Hotel Association, which had denied knowledge of any such practice.
The hotel in question claims that it was an error made by the employee, rather than a fixed policy.
David Steger – Matzav.com Israel News Bureau