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Canadian Honeymooners Say Notorious Mykonos Bar Gouged Them Too

MYKONOS – A fine of 30,000 euros ($30,571) for a Mykonos restaurant with a reputation for coercing customers to come in, refuse to give them menus and them whacking them with an astronomical bill didn’t stop it from happening again.

Canadian honeymooners Lindsay Breen and her husband Alex said the DK Oyster Bar – which earlier this summer hit a pair of American tourists with a $617 bill for two drinks and some snacks – charged them 573.80 euros ($587.06) for some oysters and drinks.

She said they were refused a menu and asked to see what drinks were available and finally given a list – without prices – and made the mistake of ordering, which is what happened with the British couple who filed a report with police which led to the restaurant being fined but allowed to stay open.

“They immediately said ‘do you want oysters?’ They were very presumptuous. We said yes and he said ‘a dozen?’ so we said yes because a dozen is a typical order.” They didn’t know the oysters were $29 each, reported au.news.com

“They gave him the bill which was over 400 euros ($407.85.) He was shocked and asked for a breakdown. They had a computer screen that they turned to him and it was all in Greek but we don’t speak Greek.”

While her husband said he was shocked by the astronomical bill he paid because he had a “sketchy vibe” and “didn’t want to get himself in a bad situation,” the site reported as he felt intimidated.

“It was pretty crazy. I’m glad in hindsight that we didn’t cause an argument or refuse to pay because it could have ended up worse for us. They know when you’re tourists they take advantage.”

“It’s so crazy to pay that for a snack,” Lindsay insisted. “We were really shocked, especially because we’d had some really nice meals in Italy and we’re willing to spend when it’s justified but we didn’t get much.”

“Next door, a store owner said he was so sorry to hear that we went,” Lindsay said. “He said he warns everyone that goes into the store to stay away from there and it doesn’t represent who the Greek people are.”

DK Oyster’s TripAdvisor rating is a wretched 2.5 stars accumulated from their 1455 ratings. The page is flooded with 1-star accounts of horrible experiences similar to the Breen’s.

“DO NOT GO HERE! Absolutely disgusting behaviour from manager and staff. Cocktails are awful and charged €125 plus service for 2! Waiters made us feel very uncomfortable,” one review reads.

“Wish we looked at the reviews before! This place is a joke! 350 euros for 4 drinks! I would definitely NOT recommend going here. Please save your euros!” another reads, the Australian site said.

But the staff at the tourist trap do not seem to be very apologetic and often mock their guests who leave bad reviews, snickering at them.

“Thank you for taking the time to post your review, but could you please clarify the exact reason of your disappointment? The prices you mention sound correct, so I would like to understand what the problem was,” a reply reads.

The managers of the restaurant denied the complaints of the American woman, saying that during her stay she did not express any dissatisfaction and denounced what they said was defamation despite a police investigation finding multiple incidents of gouging.

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