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British Tourists Gouged on Rhodes, 82 Euros for 7 Soft Drinks, Milkshake

June 8, 2019

With what’s expected to be another record tourism summer season shaping up in Greece, another blistering restaurant review claiming rip-off prices has also been posted, this one by British tourists who said they were charged 82 euros ($92.38) for seven soft drinks and a milkshake.

The Australian news site news.com.au said the group was fuming after being given the bill at a place on Rhodes, coming on the heels of a Mykonos restaurant charging a Brooklyn soldier and his friends 836 euros ($936.86) for lunch.

Vikki Scott was on holiday with four of her friends and family when they were charged the bill after drinking at The Gate in Old Rhodes Town, with the milkshake alone costing some 14 euros ($15.77) they said.

“Went to The Gate restaurant in Old Rhodes Town for a drink,” she wrote on Facebook.

“The bill for eight soft drinks was €82 — €14 for a milkshake!

She said she confronted the manager and was told, “Thank you lady,” leading her to also post that, “People like him should not be allowed to rip off tourists.On our way back he posed for the photo until he realised who I was then he followed me down the street telling me I couldn’t take his photo.”

She added: “Please share this especially in Rhodes sites to stop others getting ripped off!”

It’s common at Greek restaurants not to be given a menu, which often leads to price shock when people see how much they are charged, with prices like 35 euros ($39.43) for one fish typical on islands.

In May, the New York visitor to Mykonos revealed the sky-high price of lunch at the restaurant DK Oyster, putting out a scathing review on Trip Advisor that almost instantly drew 400 responses.

The tourist posted a photograph of a receipt that showed they were charged 591 euros ($662.30) for six squid, or $110.88 a plate, and 25 euros ($28) a bottle for six beers and 59.40 euros ($66.57) for three chicken salads. Two bottles of water cost 17.80 euros, or about $10 a bottle.

The visitor, from Brooklyn, said he was shocked after the meal at the restaurant at Platis Gialos. “The staff is not honest and refuse to provide a menu and prices. Avoid this place at all cost. No pun intended,” he said in derision.

The opinions overall on TripAdvisor were divided though, with the place getting four out of five stars from 915 reviews, with 380 saying excellent, but expensive, and 217 saying it was a terrible experience for them.

Among the most severe complaints were those that said, “Biggest Rip-off Ever,” by Bryan K, who wrote, “If this was the last restaurant on earth, please don’t EVER go here. We were ripped off. No prices and it’s basically name your own price, only for the restaurant. Dinner for 3 people shouldn’t cost 400 euros and when we complained about the bill we were threatened that they would call the police on us.”

According to the New York Post, which reached out to the restaurant, a representative for DK Oyster Cafe confirmed that the prices were indeed correct.

“Although we feel that they reflect the level of our efforts, care and the quality of the food served in one of the world’s most coveted beaches, we can sympathise with an unsatisfied customer,” DK Oyster said in a statement.

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