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Tourist fuming after being charged £510 for two drinks and snack at Greek restaurant

By Sarah Vesty & Charlie Jones

A mum and daughter were stunned after being hit with a £500 bill for two drinks and some snacks at a Greek restaurant.

The British tourists refused to pay the eye-watering charge but were then allegedly blocked from leaving by male members of staff.

The 19-year-old girl and her mother had ordered two cocktails and a portion of crab legs before sitting in some deck chairs for a few hours, the Mirror reports.

But when the bill came it showed they were being charged EUR520 with a EUR78 tip.

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 EUR600 for two cocktails and a portion of crab legs.

"While we knew that the bill would not exceed EUR200, suddenly they asked us to pay EUR600!"

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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 tourism with one in four people working in the travel industry.

Sadly though it's not the first time tourists have been caught out.

In 2019, a tourist at a Mykonos restaurant was left fuming after being charged EUR591 (£503) for just six pieces of calamari.

That same year, a group of British tourists were charged EUR82 (£70) for eight soft drinks after visiting a restaurant in Rhodes.

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

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.

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