Water is essential for life. We know that. We know that we’re supposed to drink 8 glasses of water a day, and we usually do. We know that water is important for our body to function well.

We know that if we were only to drink water, we would experience so many health benefits, like better skin and an improved memory. We know that drinking water can help us lose weight and give us more energy because dehydration could be the cause of our afternoon slump.

We do drink water. We even buy bottled water, but bottled water isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be. Sometimes (more often than not) it’s just filtered tap water. It’s not from some natural spring by a mountain sparkling with snow as some labels would like us to believe. Some might be. Most isn’t.

So why are we paying for water? Sometimes it’s convenience. If we’re out for the day and didn’t bring our own reusable water bottle from home, it can be easier just to pick up a bottle while we’re out. Sometimes we think it tastes better than tap water, even if it is just tap water in disguise.

We remember the first time we tasted Fiji water. It was years ago in an office environment, and our first thought was that it was delicious, pure and possibly the only bottled water worth buying.

Fiji water is not just your local city’s tap water filtered a few extra times. According to the company’s website, “One hundred percent of FIJI Water is from a single source in the pristine, tropical Fiji Islands, an archipelago of over 300 islands nestled in the South Pacific, more than 1600 miles from the nearest industrialized country. It is bottled at the source in the remote Yaqara Valley on the island of Viti Levu.”

So, maybe Fiji water is worth buying. Right now at Target, a 6-pack of Fiji water will set you back about $13. That’s just over $2 a bottle. Of course, if you’re buying the water by the bottle or at a ritzier place, you might expect it to cost a little more.

Recently, Tyler Perry was staying at a hotel in Minneapolis, and there were a couple 1-liter bottles of Fiji water in his room. They were not complimentary. In fact, they had a price-tag attached that he could not believe. He was so shocked by the $9 per 1-liter bottle fee that hotel wanted to charge that he vented about it on Instagram. He wrote,

“I’m in hotel in Minneapolis on Madea’s Farewell Tour!! I saw this and got mad as hell. They can’t be serious right?! NINE DOLLARS!! NINE DOLLARS!!! What the hell this water do, cure cancer? Make hair grow? Did Jesus bottle it when he met that woman at the well? Y’all got to be kidding me. I will swallow spit and die of dehydration before I pay 9 dollars for a bottle of water!! GTHOH!!”

Well over 148,000 people have already liked his post. Apparently he’s not the only one who finds a $9 charge for one bottle of water to be ridiculous. For more about Tyler Perry’s reaction to the bottled water in his hotel room, watch the video below.


Would you pay $9 for a bottle of water?