Controversial Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has admitted he makes his wife pay to use the toilet even when they are at home, writes Crispin Fisher.
The chief executive of Europe’s largest short-haul airline revealed his Low Budget Domestic Loo Fees at a business press conference in Cork yesterday.
He said: “It would not be fair if I charge all my passengers to use the loo when they are up on a plane but then let my wife use the toilet at home for free.”
Last night his wife, Anita, appeared to back her husband’s controversial new charges in an impromptu press interview outside the family home in Mullingar, near Dublin.
She said: “I thought Michael was joking when he first imposed the charge but eventually won me over when he explained that he wasn’t making any profit because all money raised went to pay for a cleaner to come and clean the loo each week.”
Mrs O’Leary, however, was not so forgiving when her husband tried to charge her £5 for each carrier bag she placed in the car boot when they did the weekly shop at Tesco.
She retaliated by charging for all the meals she prepared at home and penalised him if he failed to order them on-line 48 hours before they were served.
Mrs O’Leary also outlined further charges, including plans to make her husband pre-book the sofa nearest to the TV, with any snacks and drinks consumed in the lounge costing three times as much as they would do in a supermarket.
She said: “Hopefully he will soon get the message and start to change his ways.”
Mrs O’Leary dismissed rumours that she was considering leaving the millionaire businessman. She said: “Despite our ups and downs were are very much in love. If I did want to leave him I know exactly where all the exits are.”
Sue Morris a marriage guidance expert has suggest that if O’Leary’s wife really wants to hit her husband where it hurts she consider imposing charges for her services in the bedroom.
She said: “The prospect of a charge on sexual favours would force her husband to abandon his penny-pinching schemes or, like many of his frustrated customers, he would be left vigorously shaking his fist up and down.”