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Entertaining & Etiquette 15

Do restaurants overcharge on purpose?

MarkC | Jun 6, 2015 01:42 PM

I was at a well-known restaurant yesterday, which shall remain nameless. The meal was good, and at the end the waiter brought my bill (after first bringing me somebody else's) and I noticed that I'd been charged for a full bottle of wine, rather than the glass that I had ordered.

The waiter was a douche, who didn't apologize, and in fact seemed angry and offended when I took (mild) exception to his slovenly handling of my bill. He wordlessly thrust the correct bill into my hand, and I never heard from him again.

The point is, though, I would swear the same thing happened to me before at this restaurant (or perhaps at another restaurant) - being charged for a bottle when I'd only ordered a glass. It would be a decent scam. People spend a lot of money there, and after drinking a lot of wine might just sign the bill after a peremptory glance, not noticing whether they were charged for a bottle or a glass. If it gets detected - hey, accidents happen. I would also guess that waiters are incentivized by the restaurants to sell bottles.

Has anyone encountered this before?

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