The World’s Most Expensive Mango
It was a warm summer in New York. I had just finished a lovely breakfast delivered to my suite at a very posh luxury hotel overlooking Central Park. A granola, yogurt and fruit parfait, toasted bagel, crispy bacon, coffee with milk, and the freshest squeezed orange juice had just set me back $80 with tip.
“Excuse me sir, was there a lobster, truffle and caviar omelet missing?”
After a full day of boutique shopping, I stopped into a neighborhood market to buy a “Ripe Mango: $.99 each” — The savvy plan: I’ll eat this for breakfast instead of ordering room service, and I’ll add the savings to my shoe shopping budget.
Back in my hotel room, I dropped off my purchases, grabbed a Diet Coke from the minibar and replaced the empty slot with The Mango, readjusting it several times to fit.
The next morning, I pulled out The Mango but decided I couldn’t resist the temptation to have breakfast in bed again. After all, room service is one of life’s little luxury perks, isn’t it? Prada would have to wait a little bit longer.
I placed The Mango back into the slot and ordered the prix fixe special hotel breakfast. Note: Ordering breakfast a la carte in a New York City luxury hotel will always set you back an arm and a Jimmy Choo.
That afternoon, The Mango would have been a perfectly suitable sweet fix, but the Godiva bar I also was saving was calling me. I carefully placed The Mango back into the Diet Coke slot, shut the door and savored a piece of the decadent chocolate.
Checking out of the hotel the next morning (finally having enjoyed the deliciously ripe tropical fruit), I reviewed my bill of all my charges. This was strange… Minibar: $35.00. How can this be? For days I had resisted all my impulsive urges for midnight gummy bears and the nutty rainforest crunch! I even put the Pringles back!
Then it hit me…
The Mango in the minibar! I had forgotten that it had a sensor which detects when items have been removed and then auto-charges to your room account. Fortunately, the hotel was kind enough to believe my apologetic and rambling juicy fruit of a story and reversed the extra charges.
But today, if you don’t mind, I would like to boast that I, Tiffany Dowd, have eaten the “World’s Most Expensive Mango,” and by the way, it goes great with the jumbo cashews!
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