A furious customer has left their Mykonos holiday enraged after they claimed they were ‘cheated’ and forced to spend £310 on a light lunch.
Presented with a bill of €360.80, the holiday-maker said they were left shocked at the restaurant’s prices as they tried to enjoy the sun on their Greek family vacation.
Detailing the incident on Reddit, the tourist shared how they were ripped off in Platis Gialos, Mykonos.
The customer explained that their family had been looking for a good spot to sit and enjoy the sun when a waiter at beach-side restaurant Eclipse told them they could ‘use their cabanas or loungers provided we bought two drinks’.
Believing it was a good deal initially, the customer soon realised they were in for a ride when the waiter would not stop pestering them to order.
Presented with a bill of €360.80, the holiday-maker said they were left shocked at the restaurant’s prices
One tourist shared how they were ripped off after trying to find a spot in front of the beach at Platis Gialos in Mykonos
The customer said they had asked for the prices and a menu, but that the waiter cleverly avoided their questions, telling them it was ‘cheap’.
The two parents ordered a beer and mojito each but, in the process of supposedly being swindled out of their cash, were also ‘forced’ to order milkshakes for their children.
‘As we’re sitting there for about an hour, we thought we might as well order some food which he recommended some calamari and on the menu it said €19,’ the customer said. They were also told it came with a side salad and bread included.
To the customer’s shock, they said they were then handed a bill costing their four drinks at €78 (£67) and the calamari at €75 (£65). Being pestered for payment, they eventually gave the waiter their card.
But to even further dismay, the customer said they were charged even more.
‘When the bill came back I was appalled as the Calamari was €148 (£127), the milkshakes which we never wanted but were forced to order for our kids were €38 (£33) each and the salad and bread which we were told were free were €28 (£24) and €14.50 (£12) respectively,’ they said.
After telling the staff of his shock and anger at the payment, they said the staff started ‘grouping up and getting mad’.
They said the cashier then tore off the top part of the receipt containing the transaction details and the restaurant’s name and address.
The customer said a waiter at beach-side restaurant Eclipse told them they could ‘use their cabanas or loungers provided we bought two drinks’
‘They didn’t bother for a signature after the transaction and simply charged my card a whopping €360.80 (£310),’ they added.
‘I felt so cheated and wouldn’t ever want anyone to feel this way,’ they concluded as other Reddit users sided with the customer.
One said: ‘Man I got angry just reading about this. Unfortunately it’s pretty common in places like that and you did good to ask for a menu but you should (everyone should) insist more or you know, leave.’
Another wrote: ‘Add a comment on google, those seem to hurt them nicely, also on their Facebook page if they have any.’
A third said: ‘Sorry you got ripped off and thanks for sharing. It’s always those “free beach bed if you use the lounge” places from what I’ve seen.’
Platis Gialos is already well-known for one ‘rip-off restaurant’ which Britons have been warned to avoid over their exorbitant prices.
DK Oyster bar has caught tourists unaware – with negative reviews and previous complaints
DK Oyster Bar by Platis Gialos beach has become notorious as a tourist trap
DK Oyster in Mykonos already faces a string of complaints from outraged tourists who say they were overcharged for their meals and drinks.
Alex and Lindsay Breen, from Toronto, Canada, were supposed to be having the time of their lives while on honeymoon in Mykonos, Greece, in May last year.
However, the couple, both 31, were soon living a nightmare when DK Oyster charged them almost £350 (€406) for a beer, a cocktail and a dozen oysters.
The Breens claimed the restaurant staff failed to give them a drinks menu with prices before shocking them with the astronomical sum.
They also accused the restaurant of taking them to a back room to pay, rather than presenting them with the bill at the table. And when they quizzed staff for a breakdown, they were shown a computer screen which was all in Greek. The owners of DK Oyster has since branded their complaint a lie.
Earlier this year an American couple were slapped with an eye-watering £692 bill for two mojitos, four crab legs and a salad – which the owners of DK Oyster have since defended.
Jessica Yarnall, 31, and Adam Hagaun, 30, from Montana, say they believed the cocktails to be $27 (£21) each when they ordered at the oyster bar by Platys Gialos beach.
When they challenged the bill, they claim staff produced a ‘shot glass’ drink that they said was an example of the $26.80 (£21) mojito and informed them that their mojitos were different ones, at $107 (£84) per drink.
The menu made it appear like it was $40 for a crab leg but in reality it was $40 (£31) for a gram of crab leg with a minimum amount to place an order.