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Should bars charge for water?

Photo / Paul Estcourt
Photo / Paul Estcourt

An Auckland nightclubber is disgusted a popular bar told her she would have to pay for water.

Megan Wright, 22, ordered two drinks and a glass of water at the Viaduct's Spy bar and was told she could not have tap water, but would have to pay $5 for a bottle of Waiwera Artesian Water.

Duty manager Andrew Donald said that because Spy generated income through the bar, "we do charge for water".

Mr Donald said if someone really needed water, staff would give them a glass, but "when you get people who come up to the bar and go, 'Hi, I just need a water', obviously we [charge for] that water".

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