Holidaymaker stunned after being charged €520 for two drinks and snacks at Greece restaurant
A mother and daughter on holiday in Greece have issued a warning to other tourists after being charged more than €500 for two drinks and some snacks.
The pair were left speechless when they were given the bill at a restaurant and refused to pay it.
But the mum and her 19-year-old daughter were then blocked from leaving by male staff members.
The duo claim they had ordered two cocktails and a portion of crab legs while sitting in some deck chairs for a few hours. But say that when the bill came, it showed they were being charged an eye-watering €520 with a €78 tip.
Complaining about the incident, The Sun reports that 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.
However, it's not the first time tourists have been caught out.
In 2019, a tourist at a Mykonos restaurant was left fuming after reportedly being charged €591 for just six pieces of calamari.
That same year, a group of British tourists say they were charged €82 for eight soft drinks after visiting a restaurant in Rhodes.
Unsuspecting holidaymakers, 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 (€545) 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.
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