Diner Gets Huge Shock After Waitress Tricks Him Into Spending $3,000

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Selecting a wine to pair with your meal can be challenging, especially when you're dining out. While it's nice to think you can rely on your server for assistance, that strategy can sometimes backfire as one New Jersey man found out the hard (and expensive) way. 

Joe Lentini was enjoying a business dinner at Bobby Flay Steak at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City -- until he saw the bill.

At the start of the dinner, the Hazlet man was told by his host to select a wine for the group to share. Not knowing much about wine, Lentini sought the help of his waitress.

She pointed to a bottle on the menu. I didn't have my glasses. I asked how much and she said, 'Thirty-seven fifty.'

 You know where we're going with this, right? 


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When the bill arrived, it turned out that the bottle of Screaming Eagle, Oakville 2011 was not the mere $37.50 Lentini understood it to be, but rather 100 times that amount. 

Seeing the $3,750 price tag sent the group into serious sticker shock. After trying to explain the confusion, the maître d'/manager agreed to split the bar and dinner bills so the meal could be paid for while the pricey vino was disputed. Ultimately, the restaurant told Lentini and his party the best price it could offer was $2,200

So just how did Lentini enjoy that fancy red? 

"It was okay. It was good," he said. "It wasn't great. It wasn't terrible. It was fine."

Ugh, can you imagine? Not only do you feel stunned and embarrassed in front of your host who allowed you to make the selection, but you didn't even enjoy it that much!

What we really want to know is: Who's at fault here? If you thought you heard "thirty-seven-fifty," I think most people would assume that means $37.50. Still, it is an upscale eatery at a high-end hotel; I wouldn't be surprised if a simple dessert retails for close to that price! Should Lentini have confirmed what he was hearing and do you think he needed a strong (cheaper) drink to settle his nerves after that experience?

I know I've made the mistake of ordering a "special" after listening to the waiter describe it in mouth-watering detail only to find out it cost more than my handbag when the check arrives. But it's an error I've only made once, and now I ask the price if it's something not listed on the menu so I can savor the meal without any appetite-ruining surprises. 

Have you ever experienced sticker shock while dining out?

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