I made a simple restaurant blunder that ended up costing me MORE than my holiday – tourists be warned | The Sun

A TOURIST was shocked to discover that he had spent £1,100 on a bottle of wine – costing more than his holiday.

The unnamed man, from Australia, was visiting the Indonesian island of Bali and had picked a nice restaurant to celebrate his partner's birthday.

Celebrations started to sour, however, when a simple misreading of the menu resulted in the man purchasing a bottle of wine he believed to be $170 (£95) for an astronomically higher $2,000 (£1,100).

In a Facebook post, he wrote: "I wanted to share a classic ignorant tourist story and my miscalculations when it came to the exchange rate.

"I think it was my third time to Bali and on this occasion we were celebrating my partner's birthday so I booked (a restaurant) for a special dinner.

"We usually don't drink wine when in Bali due to the cost and average wine on offer but this time I decided I would splash out on a bottle of wine given the occasion."

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Disclosing that the price was slightly higher than he would pay in Australia, the man justified the purchase with the occasion being celebrated.

"Looking through the wine list I decided on a decent bottle of white wine which was $RP1700++," he said.

"$170 isn't too bad so I said to the waiter, we will have that bottle please. 

"The waiter paused and said, are you sure sir? I scoffed at him and said yup no worries (like how dare he think I'm not good for a $170 bottle of wine)."

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Taken aback, the waiter asked the man to confirm the order.

When he did, the chef made an impromptu appearance to formally greet the guests.

He continued: "Anyway the wine was consumed along with a delicious dinner and at one point the chef came out to introduce himself, which I did think at the time was strange but I just assumed it's a nice restaurant and didn't think about it again.

"The bill arrived, I paid and we left."

The following morning, the reality of the scale of the cost dawned on him.

He recalled: "My heart dropped into my stomach and I had a mini panic attack.

"After rummaging through my stuff I found the receipt and the wine was close to $1700! 

"What I didn't realise was the prices on the menu was in 100s of thousands."

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