She shared a picture of a receipt from Murugan Idli Shop in Chennai writing "GST ke side effects. Unaffordable idlis".

Shobhaa De says GST has made idlis unaffordable Twitterati have field dayBy Ask27 [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Social GST Sunday, July 02, 2017 - 13:50

On Saturday, soon after the Goods and Services Tax (GST) came into effect, columnist Shobhaa De put out a tweet about the "side-effects" of GST.

She shared a picture of a receipt from Murugan Idli Shop in Nanganallur in Chennai writing "GST ke side effects. Unaffordable idlis".

However, the receipt does not include any idlis but one ghee pongal and coffee each.

The Twitterati was quick to point it out.

The receipt shows that for a bill of Rs 75, the tax levied is Rs 13.5.

Others noted that the tax charged by restaurants under GST has actually come down from around 20.5% (including service tax and VAT) to a uniform 18%.

Some also asked if De had picked up the picture from WhatsApp as another user too had tweeted the same receipt on Saturday.

And someone also wrote a poem about it.

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