American tourists have issued a stark warning to others after being hit with a $529 bill for a single plate of lobster pasta while traveling in the south of France.
Twin sisters Cassidy and Leah Armbruster, who hail from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, regularly share their travel adventures on TikTok.
Most recently, the duo, along with some college friends, decided to charter a yacht for a day in the harbor around the town of Èze.
To their horror, one of their group wound up ordering a plate of lobster pasta without checking the price, which proved to be an incredibly expensive oversight.
Cassidy and Leah Armbruster, along with a group of their college friends, decided to charter a yacht for a day in the harbor around the town of Èze in the South of France
One member of their group ordered a heaping plate of lobster pasta – without realizing the dish would set her back more than $500
The twin sisters, who hail from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, regularly share their travel adventures on TikTok
A six-second TikTok captured the moment one of the friends appeared on deck with a heaping plate of spaghetti and lobster meat as the gang laughing excitedly – apparently blissfully unaware as to the cost of the feast at the time.
‘POV: Your friend orders lobster pasta on a boat & the bill is FIVE HUNDRED EUROS [about $529],’ the text overlay in the clip declared, with the caption adding: ‘You live and you learn.’
Other TikToks filmed over the excursion and subsequently shared by the twins included one offering the background story: ‘POV: You and your college friends rent a yacht in France and pretend money isn’t a thing for a day.’
Another showed off a decadent-looking cheese plate the friends also consumed while out on the water.
According to boat-rental website ClickandBoat.com, renting a yacht docked near the Èze harbor for a day can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $20,000.
Commenters were quick to call out the young women for being short-sighted when it came to the cost of yachting – specifically the lobster pasta meal.
‘Girl negotiate,’ a top-voted comment chided before the creators responded: ‘My friend paid before telling us the price aahahha… lesson learned.’
‘About $20 in ingredients,’ another naysayer added.
According to boat-rental website ClickandBoat.com, renting a yacht docked near the Èze harbor for a day can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $20,000
Another clip showed off a decadent-looking cheese plate the friends also consumed while out on the water
Commenters were quick to call out the young women for being short-sighted when it came to the cost of yachting – specifically the lobster pasta meal
‘$500 and paper plates,’ someone else skeptically pointed out.
‘Omg $500 I would have fainted!’ another wrote, to which the twins responded, ‘Hahahaha we wanted to.’
Still, other feedback in the comments section was marginally more positive.
‘Well YOLO,’ one optimist quipped, while another also echoed, ‘YOLO I guess?’ – to which the twins responded: ‘My thought exactly.’
Cassidy and Leah are not the first American tourists to get duped into buying hugely overpriced meals abroad.
Last year, honeymooners Alex and Lindsay Breen took to social media to spotlight the horrible experience they had endured at Mykonos’ DK Oyster, where they were forced to pay up more than $400 for a beer, a cocktail and a dozen oysters.
And, back in June, Bar Moretto, a café near the iconic Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome, went viral thanks to dissatisfied customers calling the spot out on social media for similarly roping tourists into paying exorbitant prices for mediocre fare.