Greek restaurant charges stunned tourists £510 for two drinks and snacks
A Greek restaurant charged more than £500 for two drinks and some snacks which left a pair of British tourists speechless. Male staff members at the restaurant allegedly blocked the mother and her 19-year-old daughter from leaving after refusing to pay the hefty bill.
They sat in deck chairs and ordered two cocktails and a portion of crab legs, according to the pair. But the bill showed they were being charged €520 with a €78 tip, says the Daily 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.