American tourists take Greek beach bar to court over £500 bill for two drinks and plate of crab legs
Two American vacationers are taking authorized motion in opposition to a Greek seashore bar after it charged them greater than £500 for 2 drinks and a plate of crab legs.
Brenda Moulton and her 19-year-old daughter Kaylea had been visiting the Platis Gialos seashore in Mykonos after they declare the DK Oyster Bar lured them in and – they really feel – grossly overcharged them.
“An worker of one of many eating places in Platis Gialos jumped in entrance of us and began saying persistently: “Sit right here! Sit right here!” Ms Moulton instructed the Greek newspaper θEMA.
The pair say they loved a mojito every and one plate of crab legs between them earlier than being offered with a invoice for €520.80 – with a “obligatory” €80 tip added on, making the worth €600 (£511) in whole.
Ms Moulton mentioned she refused to pay the invoice, telling employees, “two mojitos and two crab legs can’t make €600”. She claims an worker of the restaurant then started to threaten her, saying she wouldn’t be capable to fly again to the US if she refused to pay.
“He then instructed me, verbatim: ‘I’ll name the police. They’ll maintain you right here and you’ll not return to your homeland. We are able to simply discover the place you reside’,” she mentioned.
Underneath duress, the holidaymakers paid the invoice and left the restaurant – however say they lingered outdoors for a while, warning different guests to the seashore of the “rip-off” they’d skilled.
Finally Ms Moulton says “the ‘boss’ of the shop got here out livid and approached us in a threatening temper”.
Now the pair is taking authorized motion in opposition to DK Oyster Bar. Brenda Moulton’s lawyer, Marizanna Kikiri, says that her purchasers suffered threats and unfair therapy from the restaurant.
Platis Gialos is legendary for its costly luxurious resorts and eating places – chef Nusret “Salt Bae” Gökçe has a restaurant there – and client stories of rip-offs within the space are rife.
One current evaluation of the DK Oyster Bar says “pushy waitstaff will trick you into the next invoice… and intimidate you into paying it”, whereas one other states: “The invoice was over €400 for a few badly made drinks”.
In 2019, one other American vacationer was left shocked after being offered with an €836 (£738) invoice for some calamari and beers on the identical restaurant.
In Could, US vacationer Cheryl Lamphere instructed the Day by day Mail she and her associates had been charged $1,640 (£1,300) for 2 principal dishes, a salad and a few bread – with restaurant employees tripling the portion sizes and saying the marketed ‘dish’ costs has been per kilo.
She claims the group was taken away from different prospects and intimidated into paying the invoice by card.
“Each man within the restaurant acquired up and surrounded us, there have been no less than 5 of them, nearly blocking us in. It was a really, very scary scenario as a result of we had been six girls being surrounded by 5 males… I need to add, they had been all wearing black, it was type of gangsterish,” she mentioned.
An internet site devoted to warning vacationers concerning the bar has even cropped up – on DKOysterScam.com, earlier visitors recreate the expertise of being on the restaurant, saying “the waiters are educated to strain you to order” and that menus “present worth per gram which confuses vacationers”.
DK Oyster Bar didn’t reply to 2 requests for remark from The Impartial.