Tuesday 2 August 2022 12:12 PM 'We just wanted a quick snack': Canadian honeymooners in Mykonos 'intimidated' ... trends now
Another couple have been stung with an outrageous bill by a notorious beach bar on the idyllic Greek island of Mykonos.
Canadian newlyweds Alex and Lindsay Breen, both 30, were staggered to be hit with a €400 bill ($410) at the DK Oyster bar after ducking in for a 'quick snack' on their honeymoon on May 23.
The Toronto natives were forced to pay the eyewatering sum after ordering just one beer, one cocktail and a dozen oysters.
Recruiter Lindsay said they were in 'disbelief' when saw the tab, as restaurant staff had given them a drinks menu that did not list the prices.
The couple also claim that rather than presenting them with the bill at the table, carpenter Alex was taken to a back room to pay and when he asked for a breakdown, they showed him their computer screen which was all in Greek.
Lindsay says her new husband settled the bill without arguing as he wanted to avoid a confrontation.
'He definitely felt intimidated and he's the friendliest guy so even if the bill was double he probably would have paid it to avoid any problems.'
Lindsay Breen, 30, poses with the oysters and Aperol spritz that ended up costing her and her husband $410
Alex Breen, 30, looks happy on his honeymoon with a giant beer in a boot-shaped glass
Lindsay said: 'We went to the oyster bar for a bite to eat and a drink.
'They immediately said 'do you want oysters?' They were very presumptuous. We said yes and he said 'a dozen?' so we said yes because a dozen is a typical order.
'My husband ordered a beer and I asked for a cocktail menu and he came back with the beer but I had to ask again for a cocktail menu and he started rhyming off different kinds of alcohol he had, vodka, gin but I asked for a menu.
'I didn't know how it was so difficult to see what they had.
'He finally brought me back what they consider their cocktail menu. A laminated piece of paper with the types of alcohol listed but it didn't have the brand or the drinks, nothing.
'So I said fine I'll have an Aperol spritz because they clearly didn't have a menu that they wanted to give me.'
Lindsay claims that the waiter served them 'comically large' drinks and once they'd finished their order, tried to persuade them to order crab legs and desserts.
She claims that when Alex was taken into a back room to pay, he felt intimidated and coughed up to avoid a confrontation.
Lindsay said: 'He finally came back with comically large drinks so we were thinking it's their funny thing that the bar does because we didn't ask for an extra-large cocktail.
'He was very much lurking around the table the whole time. He was always around.
'When we'd finished the oysters, he was trying to get us to have crab legs and thank goodness we didn't.
'He said 'you know what would go really nice with these oysters? Crab legs. Shall I get some over for you guys?' and we said no, we just wanted a quick snack and a drink.
The bill in the end for one beer, one cocktail and a dozen oysters came to $410 at the DK Oyster bar
Lindsay and Alex Breen, from Toronot, were on their honeymoon on the idyllic Greek island of Mykonos in May when they were hit with the bill
'My husband went to the toilet and when he came back he said he thought he'd seen a menu inside that said it was 29 euro per oyster and I said there's no way.
'We had already eaten the oysters so we thought 'oh God, what are we getting ourselves into with this bill?'
'The guy came back with a huge trolley of desserts and he says 'so of course we're having cake today' and starts putting different desserts on our table and we said we didn't want them and he started getting offended that we didn't want to take them so I can see how people would be pressured to take more.
'As we kept refusing what he was trying to give us he was getting more frustrated.
'When we were ready to leave, I went to the washroom and they had my husband go into a back room to pay which is sketchy.
'They gave him the bill which was over 400 euros. He was shocked and asked for a breakdown.
'They had a computer screen that they turned to him and it was all in Greek but we don't speak Greek.
'He got a sketchy vibe from them and didn't want to get himself in a bad situation so he ended up paying it.
'He definitely felt intimidated and he's the friendliest guy so even if the bill was double he probably would have paid it to avoid any problems.
'It was pretty crazy. I'm glad in hindsight that we didn't cause an argument or refuse to pay because it could have ended up worse for us They know when you're tourists they take advantage.
'When I met him out front, I was in disbelief. I could not believe it. In Canadian dollars it's over 600 dollars. It's so crazy to pay that for a snack.'
Lindsay and Alex had married in Italy in May this year and were celebrating by travelling around Europe for three weeks.
Located on Platis Yialos on the Greek island in the Aegean Sea half way between the Greek mainland and Turkey, the restaurant advertises itself as 'the freshest, all-day entertainment venue in Mykonos!
Part of the sales strategy of the bar is to tell tourists the sunbeds are free and lure them in by insistent staff
They were only in Mykonos for one more night and were due to fly to Athens before heading back to Canada.
Lindsay said: 'We were really shocked, especially because we'd had some really nice meals in Italy and we're willing to spend when it's justified but we didn't get much.
'On average we were spending about 120 euros for a full dinner with a couple of cocktails and an appetiser.
'Luckily we had enough money left, we were using our credit card for larger expenses. I can imagine how someone would end up with no money. It's not an ideal way to spend our money but we're fortunate we could pay.
Lindsay claims that after their ordeal, other local business owners apologized on the restaurant's behalf.
Lindsay said: 'Next door, a store owner said he was so sorry to hear that we went.
'He said he warns everyone that goes into the store to stay away from there and it doesn't represent who the Greek people are.
'He said they really need tourism. Everyone we spoke to after, we warned them not to go.'
DK Oyster's Tripadvisor page is flooded with one star reviews and also customers who allege they