An Australian tourist in Bali made a costly mistake when he ordered dinner at a restaurant, bringing the cost of the meal to over A$2,000 (£1,121) – more than the cost of his entire holiday.
The unnamed man from Kalgoorlie was living on the Indonesian island and celebrating his birthday with friends when he made the unfortunate mistake.
He described the mix-up on a Facebook group called Bali Bogans, reports New Zealand Herald.
He and his friends decided to order a bottle of wine with dinner and wanted to push the boat out in honor of his birthday.
They picked a bottle from the bottom of the list: Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet, a 2004 Grand Cru with a price tag of “$170.++”.
He assumed that meant the bottle cost 1.7 million Indonesian rupiah, the equivalent of around A$170 (£95).
“Definitely a bit more than I’d pay in Australia, but it was a birthday celebration wasn’t it?” wrote the tourist in his post. “$170 isn’t too bad, so I said to the waiter, we’ll have that bottle please. The waiter stopped and said, ‘are you sure sir?'”
The man was mildly offended by the waiter questioning his choice.
“I scoffed at him and said ‘yup no worry’. (like how dare he think I’m not good for a $170 bottle of wine) anyway the wine was consumed with a delicious dinner and at one point the chef came out to introduce himself.
He admitted that “I thought it was strange at the time, but I just assumed it was a nice restaurant and didn’t think about it again.”
At the end of the evening, the man settled down without actually looking at the bill.
But when he checked his account the next day, he got a nasty surprise – the dinner had come to more than A$2,000.
When he checked the restaurant receipt, he discovered that the bottle of wine had not cost A$170, but closer to A$1,700 (£952).
The price was listed in hundreds, rather than tens of thousands, of Indonesian rupiah.
“That meal actually cost more than the entire vacation,” he finished.
It is not the first time a tourist has been taken out when booking abroad.
In May 2022, an American couple reported being charged €800 (£709) for a plate of crab legs at Mykonos restaurant DK Oyster.
Jessica Yarnall and Adam Hagaun, from Montana, said they had ordered drinks advertised as €25 which then appeared on their bill as €100, with staff saying the advertised price was for “small portions” and they had had large portions .
Yarnall documented the “terrible experience” on his TikTok channel, saying the restaurant staff had told the couple they could enjoy a free beach hut if they ordered €50 worth of drinks.
When the bill came, she says, “it was €800, almost €900! For two mojitos and four crab legs.”
She said they had seen crab legs advertised on the menu at €38, which staff later said was per gram rather than the total price.
The restaurant has since been issued with a “safety warning” on Tripadvisor.
The reviews website states: “Tripadvisor has been made aware of recent media reports or events regarding this property that may not be reflected in reviews found on this listing.
“Therefore, you may wish to conduct additional research for information on this property when making your travel plans.”