Monday, July 16, 2007

You're 'aving a laff.

Morning chumlies and a busy day ahead. I see Bawbwa Streisand fans are fuming over poorly handled car parks and ever poorlier handled seats. Can't say I blame them. If I'd payed the astronomical prices Bawbwa charged I want a magic carpet to bring me from my car to my gold and velvet chocolate and champers laden box, but that's just me. MCD are apologising. I hear a dog barking somewhere.
Speaking of astronomical prices. I was in town yesterday with the paramour and family. We had a very nice meal and then walked/hobbled to a bar to have a drink afterwards. I was driving so I was not partaking of the deliciousness that is hooch. Instead I had a coffee with round one and a soda water and dash of lime with round two.
Get this. MY drink cost 4 euros 50 cent! A soda water and lime !!
We checked the bill. Aye! 2,60 fro the soda water, fair enough, but 1,90 fro a dash of lime? A thimbleful of lime cordial!!
The paramour's Pappy wandered up to the bar as we were leaving and questioned the bill. The barman looked sheepish and then said that it had been a mistake, that lime was free of charge with soda water. But we suspected this was a bit of a porkie-pie as the cash register is computerised and has very different button for each item.
Either way, they returned Paramour's Pappy's lolly and we went on our way.
But I wonder how often bars get away with that? I wonder how often this bar gets away with it? Where is the incentive to not drink if soft drinks cost so much anyway?
If you order a rock shandy it costs more than a pint, if you want a dash of something they're going to charge you a fortune and hope you don't notice.
For shame Dakota, I hope it was a mistake, but if it wasn't it won't take long to find out.
Have you been ripped off recently and challenged it? Enquiring minds want to know. I want to know as well.


Anonymous Primal Sneeze said...

Dropped the car off for a service at 9 and went strolling around the shops. Having a bite across the road from the garage later, I seen them take it into the workshop. That was 11:10. It came back out at 12:00.

The bill was for 3 hours labour - 9:00 to 12:00. Ah, but you see, there were 3 mechanics working on it. No there weren't - I was watching from over there! I could see everything.

I got the next service free and they are very careful with my bill ever since. If truth be known they are probably still screwing with me - but more sneakily.

10:39 a.m.  
Anonymous Anfearbui said...

Taxi Drivers charging an extra Euro for kids under 12. Under 12's are free if they bothered to check their own A4 fee leaflet.Taxi drivers respond that it is two kids for a euro which is true but one is free.
The rows I've had until they check. Roughly 95% get this wrong or they figure people won't notice.
Must be worth thousands of Euro per day.

10:45 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Well played Sneezy. Cheek of them.

10:45 a.m.  
Blogger PI said...

Yes we were charged over £6 for a kir because the girl was unfamiliar with the drink and charged for the wind and the cassis seperately. We didn't challenge it as we had been upgraded in the hotel and didn't notice it at the time. Will be more vigilant next time.

10:48 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Sorry Yellow Man we passed. A very good friend of mine is Spanish but she lives here and on more than one occcasion she has been taken the scenic route by taxi drivers who clocked her near indecipherable accent and figured she wouldn't notice. And also I did not know that about children being free, so thank you.

10:48 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

See Pat darling, sneaky.

10:48 a.m.  
Anonymous Anfearbui said...

You're welcome, FMC.

11:23 a.m.  
Anonymous MacDara said...

Well luckily here things are a little cheaper. Although I was in a Five star hotel the other night and a Vodka and Tinic was $15.The bar is meant to be 24 hours but they started cleaning around me which I thought was a bit off considering the prices.

anyway I dont want to annoy you more with pictures of pools and such things so I posted fireworks from a nice wedding we went too. Only problem was that it was a dry wedding ie. No alcohol.

2:53 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I'm sorry Mac Dara, the words 'wedding' and 'dry' do not belong in the same sentence. That's just downright cruelty

6:34 p.m.  
Blogger Medbh said...

When I was having dinner with Mr. M in the Shelbourne in 2001 I ordered a voda, club soda with a splash of lime and they charged me one Euro for the damn lime juice. It's so absurd it's insulting.

8:23 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

They've done the Shelbourse up now, it's still really expensive but it is rather swish and delightfully up its own arse. I had tea there years ago with friend one afternoon-her dime. But it was all silver service and hot buttery scones and silver pots of jam...yummy.

8:37 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Er still, one Euro for a dash of lime is robbery.

8:37 p.m.  
Anonymous MacDara said...

Well it was a muslim wedding what are you to do ? the couple actually drink hell how would I know them otherwise but they were under a lot of pressure from family to not serve it.

I would normally have brought a flask but didn't know in advance. Its a very strange experience but the Fireworks and being by the sea was fantastic.

where did the hobble come from did you fall during your race ?

9:13 p.m.  
Anonymous laughykate said...

I find complaining works an absolute treat. I was once at a restaurant the night of a major national sporting event. When we got to ordering, I was told I wasn't allowed to order a side salad as I was only ordering a starter. They were only serving sides to those people who were ordering mains due to the fact the restaurant was so busy and they were running out of food. Petty I know, but I got into a complete huff and penned them a missive saying that they'd known this sporting event was going to be on for a year, and if women could manage to prepare to give birth in nine months, surely they would be able to stock a kitchen. I got a great big apology and a $50 voucher to dine there!

2:05 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Well done LK, the cheek of 'em.
Mac, I got knocked into a drainage ditch at about the 3.5 mile mark by a gal, very apologetic was she, but very sore am I.

9:19 a.m.  
Blogger Monstee said...

Me got coupon for free Brazilian wax with one pedicure. Me go in and at first they just say "No, no no!" Then, when me drunk friends insist, they say OK. Half way through, girl slips on extra big tug and falls down. She say she hit her head, but me think she get glimpse of what was under there.... Anyway, they try to bill me for her medical treatment. Like me gonna pay for that! She got her peek. That should be good enough.

10:30 a.m.  
Blogger Binty McShae said...

Over here they have seperate bar staff and cash register staff, so the bar staff serve you, then take your money and give it to the register staff. Once the register staff get around to processing your bill the change goes back to same bar staff who returns it to you.

If you look a little drunk, however, this transaction can take as long as 15 minutes, by which time they are hoping you will have forgotten and wandered off. To my shame I did indeed do that one night. Never again!

Oh, and by the way... Congratulations! Can't believe it's been a year already........

Oh, and by the way - Tag! You're it!

Yes, it's bloody meme time again. Check out my July 17th post for details...

10:42 a.m.  
Blogger Binty McShae said...

Ahem... the congratulations message was for Sarah Laughs... I got lazy and copy 'n' pasted. Sorry!

10:46 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Jesus, first you bloody meme me then you take back the congratulations I was enjoying...
Monstee! I'd peep at your bloomers anytime.That is all.

11:12 a.m.  

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