Tourists take Greek sea bass to court over €600 in crab legs
Platys Gialos in Mykonos is home to fancy restaurants and 800 euro plates, but also claims a ‘rip-off culture’. Photo/Getty Images
Two American tourists claim they were armed to pay over $980 for two mojitos and a serving of crab at a seaside restaurant in Mykonos.
Brendon Moulton and his 19-year-old daughter, Kaylea, had just arrived in Mykonos when they went to visit Platys Gialos beach. The couple were there on the recommendation of their travel agent, who told them to visit the famous glitzy tourist beach.
However, the mother and daughter claim what started as a trip to beach paradise ended in legal threats, intimidation and an outrageous bill.
Platys Gialos is known for its expensive hotels and famous restaurants, including a steakhouse owned by Nusret ‘Salt Bae’ Gökçe. However, the Moultons say the bars’ pricing tactics are almost predatory.
Speaking to local newspaper, θEMA, they said they were invited by staff at the DK Oyster Bar.
“An employee of one of the restaurants in Platys Gialos jumped up in front of us and started saying emphatically, ‘Sit here! Sit here!” Moulton said.
They agreed, but when it came time to pay the bill, things turned sour. They were presented with a bill of €520.80 and an obligatory tip of €80, for both drinks and a plate of crab legs.
They refused to pay the bill saying “two mojitos and two crab legs can’t be 600 euros”. To which the bar staff said he could not return to the United States without paying.
“He then told me verbatim, ‘I’ll call the police. They’ll keep you here and you won’t go back to your homeland. We can easily find out where you live,'” Moulton told the newspaper.
The mother and daughter said they finally paid the bill, which was way over their travel budget. With their bill paid and their day ruined, Kaylea and Bendon sat outside the restaurant and began telling passersby what had just happened and not falling for the “scam” trap.
This led to new confrontations.
“…the ‘boss’ of the store stormed out and approached us in a threatening mood,” she said. Eventually, under duress, they felt they had to leave.
Platys Gialos is famous for its expensive restaurants with unsavory practices. Visitors are regularly warned about waiters offering “free sunbeds” or approaching tourists on the beach. Tripadvisor is full of outrageous seaside restaurant reviews, warnings and recipe photos.
The couple are now taking legal action against the restaurant. Brenda Moulton’s lawyer, Marizanna Kikiri, said her customers had faced threats and unfair treatment from the restaurant.
DK Oyster is infamous among Mykonos’ dining scene, which travelers say is riddled with a “rip-off culture.”
In 2019, the same bar was landed with a similar claim from another American tourist who said he was scalped for €836 ($1,435) for six plates of calamari.
A group called “DKOysterScam.com” recently published an English language website specifically warning tourists against Platys Gailos’ restaurant.
They claim to attract tourists with offers of “free sunbeds” and “confusing” prices for promotions. They also allege that DK Oyster does not notify tourists of the final price because restaurants charging by weight are required to do so under
DK Oyster was approached to comment on these allegations.
The practice, which is not exclusive to DK Oyster, occurs across Mykonos and was recently the subject of a wide-scale investigation by the Greek Ministry of Finance. The Times reported that there were tens of thousands of raids by undercover agents between 2019 and 2020 to investigate “scam culture” and suspicions of tax evasion.
They reported that among those restaurants investigated was a steakhouse owned by Nusret Gökçe – an internet celebrity chef known as “Salt Bae”.
Charging up to €760 for a plate of steak, the restaurant was found to have made €25,800 ($42,500) in unreported profits in a single night. The restaurant was forced to close for 48 hours during the investigation.
Despite more than 50,000 raids on hotels and restaurants, it appears the practice of imposing astronomical bills on unsuspecting tourists continues.