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British tourists in Greece mortified after £500 bill for two drinks and a snack

British tourists in Greece was mortified after a restaurant tried to charge them more than £500 for two cocktails and a snack.

The mum and her teenage daughter were left speechless after the bill after they ordered the two drinks and a portion of crab legs while sitting in some deck chairs.

The furious mother and 19-year-old refused to pay the ginormous bill, but say they were blocked from leaving my male staff members of the restaurant.

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But when the bill came it showed they were being charged €520 with a €78 tip, reports the Mirror.

Complaining about the huge bill, The Sun reports, the woman told her travel agent: “We spent a beautiful day at the beach but please, warn your future customers that the restaurant-bar we visited, charged us €600 for two cocktails and a portion of crab legs.

“While we knew that the bill would not exceed €200, suddenly they asked us to pay €600!"

She added that they did use the deckchairs for three hours but didn't understand how it could have cost so much.

They pledged to file a police report after hearing from locals it happens all the time.

Greece is heavily dependent on the tourism with one in four people working in the travel industry.

Sadly though its not the first time tourists have been caught out.

In 2019, a tourist at a Mykonos restaurant was left fuming after being charged €591 (£503) for just six pieces of calamari.

That same year, a group of British tourists were charged €82 (£70) for eight soft drinks after visiting a restaurant in Rhodes.

Unsuspecting tourists, especially when unable to speak the language, can be taken advantage.

In 2017 a British tourist claimed he and his elderly parents were tricked into running up a massive £463 lunch bill after dining on lobster and oysters at a restaurant in Venice.

Luke Tang, 40, and his 70-year-old parents were shocked when they saw how much they were being charged for their food - and claim they had not even ordered lots of the items on the bill.

The university lecturer said the waiters in the restaurant, Trattoria Casanova, kept bringing them dishes that they had not asked for and failed to tell them the cost.