Woman outraged after being left with eye-watering dinner bill and calls police
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A woman was left so outraged after being dumped with an eye-watering dinner bill she ended up calling the police on the restaurant.
But it’s rare for most of us that dinner would come in at hundreds more than we expected.
And this woman had quite the shock when she left a restaurant in Singapore significantly poorer than when she went in.
Junko Shinba was dining at Seafood Paradise on you guessed it – seafood.
Not typically the cheapest of foods, it’s said a waiter was pushing their recommendation of a certain crab dish priced at S$26.80 (£22).
But they apparently failed to mention that the restaurant actually charges per 100g for the dish.
As seen on the receipt, Shinba and her pals chose the Alaskan King Crab for their chilli crab dish.
So, choosing the - famously - very large crab, the dish alone cost about S$938 (£556), with the whole bill totalling a whopping S$1,322 (£780).
The other dishes were way cheaper with the seafood mee goreng for about a tenner and black pepper beef fried rice at just over £11.
Shinba claimed they weren’t told about the weight of the crab, with the meat filling three plates – they couldn’t even finish it.
She told AsiaOne: “None of us were informed that the whole crab would be cooked only for us, as some other restaurants serve crabs partially.”
So shocked by the bill, she had the police called with staff showing her a reciept from another customer to prove she hadn’t been overcharged.
To try and calm her down, the restaurant manager offered the group a £86 discount for the meal.
AsiaOne reported that Paradise Group (who own the restaurant) claim their staff had ‘clearly communicated’ the crabby details, with the crab weighing about 3.5kg.
They said: “To prevent any miscommunication, the staff even brought the whole Alaskan King Crab to the table before preparation.
"Upon payment, the customers refused to pay the bill and requested to make a police report. Hence, the restaurant manager assisted in making the police report."
They also knocked S$107.40 (£63.70) off the crab dish 'out of goodwill'.
It’s also reported that Shinba went to the Singapore Tourism Board about this, who forwarded it to the Consumers Association of Singapore.
Sharing the bill to Tripadvisor, the diners warned: "Please check the total price of each dish before you place your order. Otherwise, you may end up paying a huge amount of money for just one dinner."
Hope the crab was worth it to be honest.