What happens when you don’t know much about wine and miscommunication occurs in the restaurant? Well, for Joe Lentini it meant having to pay several thousand bucks on top of what he expected.
Mr. Lentini, not a great fan of wine, asked the waitress for “something decent” in an Atlantic City restaurant, he told nj.com. The waitress pointed to an item in the menu and Mr. Lentini, who had forgotten his glasses, asked for the price. The reply was “Thirty-seven fifty.” The company sitting at the table agreed to order.
Mr. Lentini said that the wine was good, but not great.
And then came the awkward moment. When the bill arrived, the astounding number $4700.61 was written on it, tax included. The bottle cost $3750. So Mr. Lentini complained to the waitress and eventually to the manager that he had heard “thirty-seven fifty,” which means $37.50. However, the best the manager could offer was reduction to $2200 on the bill.
The costs were borne by two other diners, since Mr. Lentini said he couldn’t afford the price. His wife and another member of the company confirmed that the waitress said “thirty-seven fifty.” But the restaurant management denied being responsible of any misunderstanding and said the host of the dinner confirmed the price before the bill arrived.
If anything, Mr. Lentini has drawn a lesson from the mishappening. He said he wouldn’t ask anymore a waitress to pick wine for him.