Tourists furious over £510 bill at Greek restaurant
Tourists are often overcharged when abroad.
When you don’t speak the language, or don’t know anything about local customs, it’s easy to be taken advantage of on vacation.
And that’s what one mum thought happened when she visited Greece with her 19-year-old daughter.
The duo ordered two cocktails and a serving of crab legs, which they enjoyed while sitting on deckchairs for a few hours.
But despite only having a few drinks and a light snack, they were charged €520 with a tip of €78, or around £510 in total.
The duo refused to pay – but were reportedly prevented from leaving the restaurant by male members of staff.
The relative has since urged his travel agent to give tourists more information about establishments to avoid.
According to The Sun, she told them: “We had a great day at the beach but please warn your future customers that the restaurant and 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!
After being bitten by the heavy bill, the holidaymakers pledged to file a complaint with the police.
Locals say stories like this are not uncommon.
In 2019, Restaurant Mykonos charged €591 (about £503) for just six pieces of calamari.
And in the same year, British tourists were charged €82 (£70) for eight soft drinks at a restaurant in Rhodes.
It’s not just in Greece that this is happening either.
In 2020, a beach bar in Turkey charged tourists £43 for kebabs and £65 to swim in the sea.
And three years earlier, a Brit was fuming when they unwittingly racked up a £463 lunch bill in Venice.
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