According to a Jordan Times article, a group of tourists were charged 60 JOD, or almost $100 USD, for slices of watermelon at a restrauant in Petra. Watermelons are popular across the desert Kingdom, normally selling for around 1.5-2 JOD in the supermarkets of the capital, Amman.
According to the restruant owner the tourists did not complain, and even paid a 15 JOD tip. Later an intrepid Jordanian national met with the group in Hungary, obtained a copy of the bill, and shared it on a popular local Facebook page. The case of the overpriced watermelon has been the talk of the town, attracting the ire of local people and politicians alike.
The The Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority (PDTRA) has extended the closure of the restaurant. Quoting monthly rental fees of 14,000 JOD [$19,800] the restaurant owner has proclaimed that he had no choice but to sell the fateful melon at this cost.
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