You might get asked "bottled or tap?" about your water preferences at a restaurant, but at Gillette Stadium on Sunday only the latter was offered—at prices usually paid for the former. NBC Sports reports that fans who came to see the New England Patriots beat the Houston Texans were thirstier than usual due to unseasonably high temps (CBS Boston says the mercury was well into the 80s). And so the stadium's concession stands, one by one, ran out of bottled water—and started charging people between $4.50 and $5 for the privilege of a soda cup filled with tap water.
"Shame on you," one attendee tweeted, noting it was the "hottest game I've been to." The Boston Globe reports that while staff had ordered twice as much bottled water as usual in anticipation of the warm weather, demand was four times what it usually was (and the concession stands wouldn't have even been able to hold all that water). The Patriots are now hanging their heads for the overcharge. "We apologize. That should not have happened," a Patriots rep said in a statement, per ESPN. "It is the first time that I have ever heard that complaint here. We are looking into the matter to ensure that it doesn't happen again." (Read more New England Patriots stories.)