Deepika Narayan Bharadwaj, an activist, expressed apprehensions about a possible fraudulent activity at Gypsy Moto Pub located in Bhugaon, Pune.
The purported scam entails a man connecting with a woman on the Bumble app at the pub, and then being forced to pay an exorbitant bill of Rs 23,000 for hookah and wine.
The victim asserted that the woman threatened him and his family with violence and harm if he refused to pay the bill. Bharadwaj shared a picture of the bill amounting to Rs 23307 on social media and tagged Pune City Police.
Customers have made serious allegations against the restaurant aggregator Zomato, including claims of blackmail, cheating, high prices, and poor service. These claims are further supported by reviews on the platform. The controversy surrounding the company intensified when the Maharashtra government implemented a complete ban on hookah parlours in 2018, with violators facing a fine of Rs one lakh and up to three years in prison.
According to the details given, the partner of Gypsy Moto Pub has vehemently denied the accusations, asserting that they are entirely unfounded. He is ready to present proof, including registers, CCTV footage, and bills, in order to prove the pub’s innocence.
Furthermore, an anonymous inquiry to the pub has verified that hookah is indeed available for Rs 500, further complicating the situation.
Pune Rural Police have stated that they are currently carrying out additional inquiries and investigations into this issue. There appears to be a discrepancy between the pub’s menu on Zomato and the information being shared on social media, particularly with regards to the alleged pricing of hookah smoking at around Rs 10,000, which is considerably higher than the usual market rates.