Retired vicar, 91, hits out at Burger King over £2.20 cup of water at Sheffield branch

A retired vicar has hit out at fast food chain Burger King after being charged £2.20 for a cup of warm water at a Sheffield branch.

Thursday, 21st November 2019, 1:02 pm
Updated Thursday, 21st November 2019, 1:59 pm

Father Meedperdas Charles, 91, popped into the branch at Sheffield railway station after arriving early to drop his daughter off for a train.

He said: “My daughter ordered a cup of coffee and I was a bit thirsty and asked for some warm water to drink.

“I was given an insulated paper cup of warm water and was charged £2.20.

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Father Charles was unhappy at being charged £2.20 for a cup of warm water at Burger King.

“This is the most costly cup of water I have had in any of the 32 countries I have visited in my life. The staff told me that this was the charge set by the Burger King authorities.”

Father Charles, who is also a retired headmaster who lives in Ringinglow Road, Bents Green, added: “It is better to warn people that they would pay £2.20 for a cup of warm water if they go to the Sheffield railway station Burger King cafe.

“Please bring this to the attention of the public!”

The Indian priest was born in Malaysia, brought up in Singapore, educated in India and Britain and became the first Asian vicar to be ordained in this country, moving here from Singapore in the fifties.

He moved to South Yorkshire and worked in Tankersley. A year later he moved to St Mary's at Worsborough then transferred to St Bartholomew's at Upperthorpe.

In 1979 he went to Endcliffe's Parish Church of St Augustine, where he stayed until his retirement.

He also worked in Birmingham for some years, helping to ease racial tension and became a regular figure on TV in the sixties and seventies appealing for an end to hostility.

We have contacted Burger King for comment.