Woman shocked after receiving bill for ‘1890’ cocktail she thought cost less than £20
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Whether you're an espresso martini kinda gal, a more sophisticated negroni sipper or an aperol spritz fanatic - we all love a cheeky cocktail.
And, usually, what makes a cocktail even better is the inevitable cheap and cheerful happy hour that commonly accompanies them.
See her speaking about the ordeal here:
The woman, Lynsey, was enjoying a city break in London with her hubby for New Year’s Eve when she decided to push the boat out on the first night of a five-night stay and treat herself to a posh cocktail from the bar at the five-star hotel they were staying in.
After drinking the bev, which she later revealed she didn't even really like, Lynsey was handed the bill for what she thought was £18.90.
However, she was in for the shock of her life after the bill came back charging her nearly £2,000 at £1,890.
I mean, even 20 quid for one drink seems pretty steep to me let alone two thousand pounds.
She said: "So when I discovered the cocktail I had ordered was £2,000, I showed my husband the receipt and he was furious at me.
"So he left the bar. Left me on my own to deal with it. And I said to the young guy behind the bar, 'Look I’m so sorry, I had no idea it was £1,890'."
She then explained that the reason she made the major blunder was because of the way the price was written down on the menu - namely that it had a space between the digits.
It was presented as '18 90' which led Lynsey to believe it was £18.90 but, upon further inspection, she admitted that the other prices were presented with the full stop in the middle and accepted it was 'definitely [her] mistake'.
Understandably, Lynsey began panicking and pleaded with the bartender that she couldn’t possibly fork out more than two grand for just two drinks, at which point the manager came over to see what the issue was.
She recalled the manager luckily being 'so discreet and so wonderful' about the whole thing before eventually reassuring Lynsey he would 'sort it out' and told her to go to her room and enjoy the rest of her stay.
However, it's clear the impending small fortune of a bill was hanging over Lynsey's head with the next four days of her trip leaving her to do everything she could to avoid the bar.
She eventually plucked up the courage to return to the bar one night when she bumped into the manager and, much to her surprise, he greeted her with open arms.
However, that momentary relief was brief after Lynsey asked him what happened to the bartender.
The manager informed Lynsey the staff member had been sacked which, understandably, left her utterly in bits: "So I burst into tears.
"I was so terribly, terribly upset. I said, 'Look it’s not worth the guy’s job. I will pay the £2,000. I’m so, so, so sorry. It wasn’t his fault'."
Luckily, the whole thing was just a joke with the manager soon reassuring Lynsey the poor bartender hadn't actually lost their job but was sent for retraining as, funnily enough, it wasn't the first time the mix-up was made.
So, moral of the story? Always double check the price of your booze before you quaff it down.