Tourist’s Bali warning after making an embarrassing mistake in a restaurant that ended up costing more than the holiday
- Australian tourist shared costly mistake
- They bought wine bottle while in Bali
An Australian tourist has warned holidaymakers to double check the cost of drinks after accidentally buying a bottle of wine that cost more than their Bali holiday.
The tourist said they had visited the Indonesian holiday island for the third time and picked a nice restaurant to celebrate their partner’s birthday.
He then ordered from the bar and thought he was buying a bottle of wine that would only cost him $170.
The tourist said the wine actually cost him $2,000 and he revealed how he had made the blunder from a simple misunderstanding on the menu.
An Australian tourist has warned holidaymakers to double check the cost of drinks after accidentally buying a bottle of wine that cost more than their Bali holiday (stock image)
He then ordered from the bar and thought he was buying a bottle of wine that would only cost him $170 (stock image)
‘I wanted to share a classic ignorant tourist story and my miscalculations when it came to the exchange rate,’ he wrote on Facebook.
‘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.’
The tourist said they had noticed the bottle of wine listed on the menu.
‘Looking through the wine list I decided on a decent bottle of white wine which was $RP1700++,’ he wrote.
‘Definitely a bit more than I would even pay in Australia but it was a birthday celebration right?
‘$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).’
The tourist said their purchase even drew the attention of the chef.
‘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,’ he wrote.
The tourist said he only realised his mistake after checking his bank account the next morning.
The tourist said the wine actually cost him $2,000 and he revealed how he had made the blunder from a simple misunderstanding on the menu
‘The next morning I logged into internet banking and noticed a charge for $2050 from (the restaurant)!’ he wrote.
‘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.
‘That meal actually cost more than the entire holiday, after a few hours of processing what happened we had a good laugh about it and needless to say I’m not allowed to order anything off a menu without getting the OK from the other half!’
Social media users were quick to sympathise with the tourist saying they had made similar mistakes in the past.
‘Friend of mine did something similar,’ one wrote. ‘Went to buy a luggage bag to take back, thought it was a good deal at $100 with her name stamped on it in gold.
‘Checked the credit card when home and was actually $1000. Oops!’
Another added: ‘I did a similar thing with a lobster in Chinatown Singapore. The price on the photo was $17.00 with a very small per 100g.
‘Ordered two at what I thought would be about $35. When the bill came it was $750. I’ve never had lobster since.’