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  • Has a Parisian bar had the audacity to charge 80 cents for each ice cube served in four Perriers? 
  • This is what suggests the viral photo of an addition to say the least salty.
  • It is in fact a parodic photomontage, which is however inspired by a real ticket denouncing the invoicing of lemon slices in Perrier.

This is called a salt addition. Or rather icy. Just over 72 euros for four Perrier at 15 euros per unit and… 16 ice cubes billed at 80 cents a piece.

On Twitter as on Facebook, the photo of a ticket supposed to emanate from a Parisian bar that even charges his ice cubes arouses many perplexed or indignant - even violent comments: "My arms fall to me", "And you want to save them , but let them burst all these scavengers "

My arms fall from it 😳 pic.twitter.com/HWs3bNp02e

- Régis Ollivier (@regis_ollivier) June 25, 2020

It is actually a photomontage made a few months ago by the parody site Secretnews… which, on the other hand, was inspired by an equally surprising but very real addition.

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Secretnews had indeed published an article entitled "In Paris, some bistros even charge for ice cubes" on September 18, with this photo as an illustration. At the time, regulars of Twitter were able to make the link with the news to which this humorous diversion referred: an addition of 30 euros for five Perrier and five slices of lemon, of which an Internet user was indignant two days before on the social network, ticket to support.

In Paris, you are made to pay for the lemon slice in your perrier! Manifest theft! #FoutageDeGueuleAbsolu # RasLeBol # JPP pic.twitter.com/aAUVJichEQ

- Nora Hamadi (@NoraHamadi) September 16, 2019

"In Paris, you are made to pay for the lemon slice in your perrier!" Manifest theft! She was indignant. In addition to the fairly obvious addition of a new total on the retouched addition, we can clearly see, by comparing the two photos, that the today viral montage shows several visible signs on the original invoice (table n ° 53 like ticket number 2046007).

On the other hand, this did show the address of the establishment, located in a very touristy place in Paris: at the exit of Bir-Hakeim station, used by many tourists who came to visit the Eiffel Tower.

A legal practice in theory

The excitement aroused on Twitter by this photo had led Le Parisien to explain, in an article, that the practice of invoicing slices of lemon was not illegal ... and was even common in certain establishments in tourist areas. If this practice logically gives rise to strong criticism, establishments remain free to charge the supplements they want to consumers as long as these are clearly indicated to them - on the menu, for example.

"The worst part is that they take advantage of this to rip off tourists who pass by the millions around the Eiffel Tower and who do not know the customs of our country. The Chinese, the Germans or the Americans do not know that in France, we do not pay the slice of lemon! “Choked a local employee.

"At this rate, we can also charge the ice cubes," joked a student quoted by the newspaper, without suspecting that her joke would be taken at word by Secretnews.

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