Tourist’s Bali warning after making an embarrassing mistake at a restaurant that ended up costing more than the holiday
- Australian tourist shared costly mistake
- They bought a bottle of wine 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 that they had visited the Indonesian holiday island for the third time and had chosen a nice restaurant to celebrate their partner’s birthday.
He then ordered from the bar thinking 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 made the blunder over 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 thinking 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 exchange rate miscalculations,” he wrote on Facebook.
‘I think it was my third time in Bali and on this occasion we celebrated my partner’s birthday, so I booked (a restaurant) for a special dinner.
“We usually don’t drink wine when we are in Bali because of the cost and the average wine on offer, but this time I decided I would have a bottle of wine for the occasion.”
The tourist said they noticed the bottle of wine on the menu.
“Looking through the wine list, I opted for a decent bottle of white wine which was $RP1700++,” he wrote.
‘Surely a bit more than I would pay even in Australia, but it was a birthday party, wasn’t it?
$170 isn’t too bad so I said to the waiter, we want that bottle please.
The waiter paused and said, are you sure sir? I scoffed at him and said yes, no worries (like how dare he think I’m no good for a $170 bottle of wine).’
The tourist said their purchase even caught the chef’s attention.
‘Anyway, the wine was being enjoyed with a lovely dinner and at one point the chef came out to introduce himself, which I thought was odd at the time, but I just assumed it’s a nice restaurant and thought no more of it. The bill came, I paid and we left,” he wrote.
The tourist said he only realized 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 committed the blunder over a simple misunderstanding on the menu
“The next morning I logged into internet banking and saw a $2050 charge from (the restaurant)!” He wrote.
My heart sank into my stomach and I had a mini panic attack. After rummaging through my stuff I found the receipt and the wine was almost $1700!
‘What I didn’t realize was that the prices on the menu ran into the hundreds of thousands.
‘That meal actually took more than the whole holiday, after a few hours of processing what happened we had a hearty laugh about it and needless to say I’m not allowed to order anything off a menu without the other half’s permission! ‘
Social media users quickly sympathized 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 for $100 with her name stamped on it in gold.
“I checked the credit card at home and it was actually $1000. Oops!”
Another added: “I did something similar with a lobster in Chinatown, Singapore. The price in the picture was $17.00 with a very small price per 100g.
“I ordered two for what I thought would be about $35. When the bill came it was $750. I’ve never eaten lobster since.”