ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – KMOX’s Charlie Brennan on Tuesday spoke with a man who recently found himself with a shocking restaurant bill.
The caller, who wished not to be identified, said he had dined at a local restaurant, and at the end of the night, was given a $560 bill for two bottles of wine.
The man told Charlie he had been to the establishment at least 20 times, and regularly ordered bottles of wine in the $40 to $50 range, which he says is the cost of about 95 percent of the bottles offered by the restaurant.
During this particular dining experience, the man says the waiter asked him if he would like “a good bottle of wine,” to which the man says he responded, “I don’t want a bad bottle.”
“And that’s all the conversation we had,” the man says.
“I made an assumption that I was buying a $50 bottle of wine, give or take.”
The wine he was served wasn’t on the wine list, the man says, and when presented with the bill, he couldn’t believe he owed $560.
“I think, given that this is a $50-bottle-of-wine place, you should say, ‘Now this is $280, is this what you want?'”
However, the man admits he did not ask the price of the wine, and offered to buy one bottle at $280 if the restaurant agreed to comp the other, as a compromise.
The restaurant ultimately agreed to make a donation in his name to a charity of their choice – the Logos School, to which the man says they never followed up.
During a face-to-face meeting at the restaurant a couple days after the incident, the man says he was asked not to dine at any of the owner’s restaurants, anymore.
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