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Tourists in Italy Scammed with Old Fish, Fake Champagne

Tourists in Italy Scammed with Old Fish, Fake Champagne

Investigators discovered Italian vendors have been scamming tourists

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Italian police say several hotels and farm stays have been scamming tourists with fake wine.

The prospective tourists of the world daydream about visiting Italy and indulging in Champagne and fresh fish, and some purveyors are more than ready to take advantage of that. Tourists should be on their guard, though, because officials in Italy say some vendors are passing off fake goods as Italian delicacies, and the travellers are being taken advantage of.

According to The Local, this summer the Italian food fraud arm of the Italian police ran an ongoing investigation into 600 different tourist sites including hotels, farm stays, and campsites in Italy. According to their investigation, 45 percent were cheating tourists.

Investigators say they found 10,000 bottles of fake wine from one farm stay in Venice. Sites in Emilia-Romagna and Campania reportedly turned up 300 bottles of counterfeit Champagne.

"Italian and foreign tourists expect the best from our country; quality products prepared according to the Italian traditional way,” said Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin.

Altogether, police seized more than 50,000 pounds of illegal and potentially dangerous food and wine during the investigation.


You Won’t Have to Worry About Being Scammed at Restaurants Here Any Longer

Be careful what you order because it might be a trick.

Restaurants on the Greek islands have come under recent scrutiny for ripping off tourists to an absolutely absurd degree. Authorities are finally cracking down on the blatant overcharging by means of not giving customers menus or refusing to tell them item prices–and, then, by the end of the meal, are served a bill of, say, €836 for some calamari and a few beers. In many instances, customers have been offered a fake “deal” only to be overcharged to a ghastly degree for drinks. The finance ministry reports that 50,000+ raids will be conducted undercover by officials over the next several weeks, in hopes of catching these scammers.

Restaurant owners aren’t exactly owning up to anything, either. In the instance of the €836 calamari and beers receipt from DK Oyster restaurant, The Independent reported that the owner had this to say: “I want to tell you from my heart that we value our customers, and we have carefully accounted for the cost in order to produce a product which we consider to be value for money.”

But there’s more: “If you can’t afford them, in order to avoid any bitterness, just opt for the special combo menu–which may not be the most satisfying option, but allows a small glimpse for those who cannot afford the experience.”

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So, if you can’t afford an order of €591 calamari (??) and six beers at €25 a pop (. ) at a restaurant that won’t tell you how much its food and drinks are in the first place, guess what, that’s somehow still your fault! Sorry you’re so poor.

The DK Oyster restaurant is, from its photos, a very fancy-looking restaurant on the beach, and, sure, menu items are typically more expensive at those types of places (though not that expensive, so it’s still not an excuse). However, it’s not just “upscale” establishments that are trying to pull this scam. At a casual eats restaurant called The Gate in Rhodes Old Town, a woman was charged €82 for eight soft drinks and €14 for one milkshake, which included odd service charges and soft drinks at different prices on a handwritten receipt.


You Won’t Have to Worry About Being Scammed at Restaurants Here Any Longer

Be careful what you order because it might be a trick.

Restaurants on the Greek islands have come under recent scrutiny for ripping off tourists to an absolutely absurd degree. Authorities are finally cracking down on the blatant overcharging by means of not giving customers menus or refusing to tell them item prices–and, then, by the end of the meal, are served a bill of, say, €836 for some calamari and a few beers. In many instances, customers have been offered a fake “deal” only to be overcharged to a ghastly degree for drinks. The finance ministry reports that 50,000+ raids will be conducted undercover by officials over the next several weeks, in hopes of catching these scammers.

Restaurant owners aren’t exactly owning up to anything, either. In the instance of the €836 calamari and beers receipt from DK Oyster restaurant, The Independent reported that the owner had this to say: “I want to tell you from my heart that we value our customers, and we have carefully accounted for the cost in order to produce a product which we consider to be value for money.”

But there’s more: “If you can’t afford them, in order to avoid any bitterness, just opt for the special combo menu–which may not be the most satisfying option, but allows a small glimpse for those who cannot afford the experience.”

Top Picks for You

Recommended Fodor&rsquos Video

So, if you can’t afford an order of €591 calamari (??) and six beers at €25 a pop (. ) at a restaurant that won’t tell you how much its food and drinks are in the first place, guess what, that’s somehow still your fault! Sorry you’re so poor.

The DK Oyster restaurant is, from its photos, a very fancy-looking restaurant on the beach, and, sure, menu items are typically more expensive at those types of places (though not that expensive, so it’s still not an excuse). However, it’s not just “upscale” establishments that are trying to pull this scam. At a casual eats restaurant called The Gate in Rhodes Old Town, a woman was charged €82 for eight soft drinks and €14 for one milkshake, which included odd service charges and soft drinks at different prices on a handwritten receipt.


You Won’t Have to Worry About Being Scammed at Restaurants Here Any Longer

Be careful what you order because it might be a trick.

Restaurants on the Greek islands have come under recent scrutiny for ripping off tourists to an absolutely absurd degree. Authorities are finally cracking down on the blatant overcharging by means of not giving customers menus or refusing to tell them item prices–and, then, by the end of the meal, are served a bill of, say, €836 for some calamari and a few beers. In many instances, customers have been offered a fake “deal” only to be overcharged to a ghastly degree for drinks. The finance ministry reports that 50,000+ raids will be conducted undercover by officials over the next several weeks, in hopes of catching these scammers.

Restaurant owners aren’t exactly owning up to anything, either. In the instance of the €836 calamari and beers receipt from DK Oyster restaurant, The Independent reported that the owner had this to say: “I want to tell you from my heart that we value our customers, and we have carefully accounted for the cost in order to produce a product which we consider to be value for money.”

But there’s more: “If you can’t afford them, in order to avoid any bitterness, just opt for the special combo menu–which may not be the most satisfying option, but allows a small glimpse for those who cannot afford the experience.”

Top Picks for You

Recommended Fodor&rsquos Video

So, if you can’t afford an order of €591 calamari (??) and six beers at €25 a pop (. ) at a restaurant that won’t tell you how much its food and drinks are in the first place, guess what, that’s somehow still your fault! Sorry you’re so poor.

The DK Oyster restaurant is, from its photos, a very fancy-looking restaurant on the beach, and, sure, menu items are typically more expensive at those types of places (though not that expensive, so it’s still not an excuse). However, it’s not just “upscale” establishments that are trying to pull this scam. At a casual eats restaurant called The Gate in Rhodes Old Town, a woman was charged €82 for eight soft drinks and €14 for one milkshake, which included odd service charges and soft drinks at different prices on a handwritten receipt.


You Won’t Have to Worry About Being Scammed at Restaurants Here Any Longer

Be careful what you order because it might be a trick.

Restaurants on the Greek islands have come under recent scrutiny for ripping off tourists to an absolutely absurd degree. Authorities are finally cracking down on the blatant overcharging by means of not giving customers menus or refusing to tell them item prices–and, then, by the end of the meal, are served a bill of, say, €836 for some calamari and a few beers. In many instances, customers have been offered a fake “deal” only to be overcharged to a ghastly degree for drinks. The finance ministry reports that 50,000+ raids will be conducted undercover by officials over the next several weeks, in hopes of catching these scammers.

Restaurant owners aren’t exactly owning up to anything, either. In the instance of the €836 calamari and beers receipt from DK Oyster restaurant, The Independent reported that the owner had this to say: “I want to tell you from my heart that we value our customers, and we have carefully accounted for the cost in order to produce a product which we consider to be value for money.”

But there’s more: “If you can’t afford them, in order to avoid any bitterness, just opt for the special combo menu–which may not be the most satisfying option, but allows a small glimpse for those who cannot afford the experience.”

Top Picks for You

Recommended Fodor&rsquos Video

So, if you can’t afford an order of €591 calamari (??) and six beers at €25 a pop (. ) at a restaurant that won’t tell you how much its food and drinks are in the first place, guess what, that’s somehow still your fault! Sorry you’re so poor.

The DK Oyster restaurant is, from its photos, a very fancy-looking restaurant on the beach, and, sure, menu items are typically more expensive at those types of places (though not that expensive, so it’s still not an excuse). However, it’s not just “upscale” establishments that are trying to pull this scam. At a casual eats restaurant called The Gate in Rhodes Old Town, a woman was charged €82 for eight soft drinks and €14 for one milkshake, which included odd service charges and soft drinks at different prices on a handwritten receipt.


You Won’t Have to Worry About Being Scammed at Restaurants Here Any Longer

Be careful what you order because it might be a trick.

Restaurants on the Greek islands have come under recent scrutiny for ripping off tourists to an absolutely absurd degree. Authorities are finally cracking down on the blatant overcharging by means of not giving customers menus or refusing to tell them item prices–and, then, by the end of the meal, are served a bill of, say, €836 for some calamari and a few beers. In many instances, customers have been offered a fake “deal” only to be overcharged to a ghastly degree for drinks. The finance ministry reports that 50,000+ raids will be conducted undercover by officials over the next several weeks, in hopes of catching these scammers.

Restaurant owners aren’t exactly owning up to anything, either. In the instance of the €836 calamari and beers receipt from DK Oyster restaurant, The Independent reported that the owner had this to say: “I want to tell you from my heart that we value our customers, and we have carefully accounted for the cost in order to produce a product which we consider to be value for money.”

But there’s more: “If you can’t afford them, in order to avoid any bitterness, just opt for the special combo menu–which may not be the most satisfying option, but allows a small glimpse for those who cannot afford the experience.”

Top Picks for You

Recommended Fodor&rsquos Video

So, if you can’t afford an order of €591 calamari (??) and six beers at €25 a pop (. ) at a restaurant that won’t tell you how much its food and drinks are in the first place, guess what, that’s somehow still your fault! Sorry you’re so poor.

The DK Oyster restaurant is, from its photos, a very fancy-looking restaurant on the beach, and, sure, menu items are typically more expensive at those types of places (though not that expensive, so it’s still not an excuse). However, it’s not just “upscale” establishments that are trying to pull this scam. At a casual eats restaurant called The Gate in Rhodes Old Town, a woman was charged €82 for eight soft drinks and €14 for one milkshake, which included odd service charges and soft drinks at different prices on a handwritten receipt.


You Won’t Have to Worry About Being Scammed at Restaurants Here Any Longer

Be careful what you order because it might be a trick.

Restaurants on the Greek islands have come under recent scrutiny for ripping off tourists to an absolutely absurd degree. Authorities are finally cracking down on the blatant overcharging by means of not giving customers menus or refusing to tell them item prices–and, then, by the end of the meal, are served a bill of, say, €836 for some calamari and a few beers. In many instances, customers have been offered a fake “deal” only to be overcharged to a ghastly degree for drinks. The finance ministry reports that 50,000+ raids will be conducted undercover by officials over the next several weeks, in hopes of catching these scammers.

Restaurant owners aren’t exactly owning up to anything, either. In the instance of the €836 calamari and beers receipt from DK Oyster restaurant, The Independent reported that the owner had this to say: “I want to tell you from my heart that we value our customers, and we have carefully accounted for the cost in order to produce a product which we consider to be value for money.”

But there’s more: “If you can’t afford them, in order to avoid any bitterness, just opt for the special combo menu–which may not be the most satisfying option, but allows a small glimpse for those who cannot afford the experience.”

Top Picks for You

Recommended Fodor&rsquos Video

So, if you can’t afford an order of €591 calamari (??) and six beers at €25 a pop (. ) at a restaurant that won’t tell you how much its food and drinks are in the first place, guess what, that’s somehow still your fault! Sorry you’re so poor.

The DK Oyster restaurant is, from its photos, a very fancy-looking restaurant on the beach, and, sure, menu items are typically more expensive at those types of places (though not that expensive, so it’s still not an excuse). However, it’s not just “upscale” establishments that are trying to pull this scam. At a casual eats restaurant called The Gate in Rhodes Old Town, a woman was charged €82 for eight soft drinks and €14 for one milkshake, which included odd service charges and soft drinks at different prices on a handwritten receipt.


You Won’t Have to Worry About Being Scammed at Restaurants Here Any Longer

Be careful what you order because it might be a trick.

Restaurants on the Greek islands have come under recent scrutiny for ripping off tourists to an absolutely absurd degree. Authorities are finally cracking down on the blatant overcharging by means of not giving customers menus or refusing to tell them item prices–and, then, by the end of the meal, are served a bill of, say, €836 for some calamari and a few beers. In many instances, customers have been offered a fake “deal” only to be overcharged to a ghastly degree for drinks. The finance ministry reports that 50,000+ raids will be conducted undercover by officials over the next several weeks, in hopes of catching these scammers.

Restaurant owners aren’t exactly owning up to anything, either. In the instance of the €836 calamari and beers receipt from DK Oyster restaurant, The Independent reported that the owner had this to say: “I want to tell you from my heart that we value our customers, and we have carefully accounted for the cost in order to produce a product which we consider to be value for money.”

But there’s more: “If you can’t afford them, in order to avoid any bitterness, just opt for the special combo menu–which may not be the most satisfying option, but allows a small glimpse for those who cannot afford the experience.”

Top Picks for You

Recommended Fodor&rsquos Video

So, if you can’t afford an order of €591 calamari (??) and six beers at €25 a pop (. ) at a restaurant that won’t tell you how much its food and drinks are in the first place, guess what, that’s somehow still your fault! Sorry you’re so poor.

The DK Oyster restaurant is, from its photos, a very fancy-looking restaurant on the beach, and, sure, menu items are typically more expensive at those types of places (though not that expensive, so it’s still not an excuse). However, it’s not just “upscale” establishments that are trying to pull this scam. At a casual eats restaurant called The Gate in Rhodes Old Town, a woman was charged €82 for eight soft drinks and €14 for one milkshake, which included odd service charges and soft drinks at different prices on a handwritten receipt.


You Won’t Have to Worry About Being Scammed at Restaurants Here Any Longer

Be careful what you order because it might be a trick.

Restaurants on the Greek islands have come under recent scrutiny for ripping off tourists to an absolutely absurd degree. Authorities are finally cracking down on the blatant overcharging by means of not giving customers menus or refusing to tell them item prices–and, then, by the end of the meal, are served a bill of, say, €836 for some calamari and a few beers. In many instances, customers have been offered a fake “deal” only to be overcharged to a ghastly degree for drinks. The finance ministry reports that 50,000+ raids will be conducted undercover by officials over the next several weeks, in hopes of catching these scammers.

Restaurant owners aren’t exactly owning up to anything, either. In the instance of the €836 calamari and beers receipt from DK Oyster restaurant, The Independent reported that the owner had this to say: “I want to tell you from my heart that we value our customers, and we have carefully accounted for the cost in order to produce a product which we consider to be value for money.”

But there’s more: “If you can’t afford them, in order to avoid any bitterness, just opt for the special combo menu–which may not be the most satisfying option, but allows a small glimpse for those who cannot afford the experience.”

Top Picks for You

Recommended Fodor&rsquos Video

So, if you can’t afford an order of €591 calamari (??) and six beers at €25 a pop (. ) at a restaurant that won’t tell you how much its food and drinks are in the first place, guess what, that’s somehow still your fault! Sorry you’re so poor.

The DK Oyster restaurant is, from its photos, a very fancy-looking restaurant on the beach, and, sure, menu items are typically more expensive at those types of places (though not that expensive, so it’s still not an excuse). However, it’s not just “upscale” establishments that are trying to pull this scam. At a casual eats restaurant called The Gate in Rhodes Old Town, a woman was charged €82 for eight soft drinks and €14 for one milkshake, which included odd service charges and soft drinks at different prices on a handwritten receipt.


You Won’t Have to Worry About Being Scammed at Restaurants Here Any Longer

Be careful what you order because it might be a trick.

Restaurants on the Greek islands have come under recent scrutiny for ripping off tourists to an absolutely absurd degree. Authorities are finally cracking down on the blatant overcharging by means of not giving customers menus or refusing to tell them item prices–and, then, by the end of the meal, are served a bill of, say, €836 for some calamari and a few beers. In many instances, customers have been offered a fake “deal” only to be overcharged to a ghastly degree for drinks. The finance ministry reports that 50,000+ raids will be conducted undercover by officials over the next several weeks, in hopes of catching these scammers.

Restaurant owners aren’t exactly owning up to anything, either. In the instance of the €836 calamari and beers receipt from DK Oyster restaurant, The Independent reported that the owner had this to say: “I want to tell you from my heart that we value our customers, and we have carefully accounted for the cost in order to produce a product which we consider to be value for money.”

But there’s more: “If you can’t afford them, in order to avoid any bitterness, just opt for the special combo menu–which may not be the most satisfying option, but allows a small glimpse for those who cannot afford the experience.”

Top Picks for You

Recommended Fodor&rsquos Video

So, if you can’t afford an order of €591 calamari (??) and six beers at €25 a pop (. ) at a restaurant that won’t tell you how much its food and drinks are in the first place, guess what, that’s somehow still your fault! Sorry you’re so poor.

The DK Oyster restaurant is, from its photos, a very fancy-looking restaurant on the beach, and, sure, menu items are typically more expensive at those types of places (though not that expensive, so it’s still not an excuse). However, it’s not just “upscale” establishments that are trying to pull this scam. At a casual eats restaurant called The Gate in Rhodes Old Town, a woman was charged €82 for eight soft drinks and €14 for one milkshake, which included odd service charges and soft drinks at different prices on a handwritten receipt.


You Won’t Have to Worry About Being Scammed at Restaurants Here Any Longer

Be careful what you order because it might be a trick.

Restaurants on the Greek islands have come under recent scrutiny for ripping off tourists to an absolutely absurd degree. Authorities are finally cracking down on the blatant overcharging by means of not giving customers menus or refusing to tell them item prices–and, then, by the end of the meal, are served a bill of, say, €836 for some calamari and a few beers. In many instances, customers have been offered a fake “deal” only to be overcharged to a ghastly degree for drinks. The finance ministry reports that 50,000+ raids will be conducted undercover by officials over the next several weeks, in hopes of catching these scammers.

Restaurant owners aren’t exactly owning up to anything, either. In the instance of the €836 calamari and beers receipt from DK Oyster restaurant, The Independent reported that the owner had this to say: “I want to tell you from my heart that we value our customers, and we have carefully accounted for the cost in order to produce a product which we consider to be value for money.”

But there’s more: “If you can’t afford them, in order to avoid any bitterness, just opt for the special combo menu–which may not be the most satisfying option, but allows a small glimpse for those who cannot afford the experience.”

Top Picks for You

Recommended Fodor&rsquos Video

So, if you can’t afford an order of €591 calamari (??) and six beers at €25 a pop (. ) at a restaurant that won’t tell you how much its food and drinks are in the first place, guess what, that’s somehow still your fault! Sorry you’re so poor.

The DK Oyster restaurant is, from its photos, a very fancy-looking restaurant on the beach, and, sure, menu items are typically more expensive at those types of places (though not that expensive, so it’s still not an excuse). However, it’s not just “upscale” establishments that are trying to pull this scam. At a casual eats restaurant called The Gate in Rhodes Old Town, a woman was charged €82 for eight soft drinks and €14 for one milkshake, which included odd service charges and soft drinks at different prices on a handwritten receipt.


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