Tourists take Greek beach bar to court over £500 bill for two drinks and a ‘snack’

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Two American vacationers are taking authorized motion towards 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 have been visiting the Platis Gialos seashore in Mykonos once 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 advised the Greek newspaper θEMA.

The pair say they loved a mojito every and one plate of crab legs between them earlier than being introduced with a invoice for €520.80 – with a “necessary” €80 tip added on, making the worth €600 (£511) in complete.

Ms Moulton mentioned she refused to pay the invoice, telling employees, “two mojitos and two crab legs cannot make €600”. She claims an worker of the restaurant then started to threaten her, saying she wouldn’t have the ability to fly again to the US if she refused to pay.

“He then advised me, verbatim: ‘I’ll name the police. They are going to maintain you right here and you’ll not return to your homeland. We are able to simply discover the place you reside’,” she mentioned.

Beneath duress, the holidaymakers paid the invoice and left the restaurant – however say they lingered exterior 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 towards DK Oyster Bar. Brenda Moulton’s lawyer, Marizanna Kikiri, says that her purchasers suffered threats and unfair remedy 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 studies 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 introduced with an €836 (£738) invoice for some calamari and beers on the identical restaurant.

In Might, US vacationer Cheryl Lamphere advised the Every day Mail she and her buddies had been charged $1,640 (£1,300) for 2 foremost 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 clients and intimidated into paying the invoice by card.

“Each man within the restaurant received up and surrounded us, there have been not less than 5 of them, virtually blocking us in. It was a really, very scary state of affairs as a result of we have been six girls being surrounded by 5 males… I have to add, they have been all wearing black, it was form of gangsterish,” she mentioned.

A web 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 skilled 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 Unbiased.

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