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A popular Greek restaurant scams another couple out of $557 for drinks and oysters

Less than a week after Greece’s infamous DK Oyster overcharged Canadian tourists by nearly $600, the restaurant has gone viral for yet another case of epicurean extortion. This time, a diner in Mykonos allegedly charged an American couple a wallet-busting $510 for a dozen oysters and four drinks.

Theodora McCormick, a 50-year-old New Jersey lawyer, told the Sun about the “strange experience” she and her husband had while vacationing on an island in the Mediterranean last month: “My husband thought, ‘There must be a mistake.’ .

Unfortunately, their perfect seaside vacation went south after stopping for a drink at a seafood warehouse. The adventurer said they were looking for a taxi back to the hotel when they noticed a sign outside the DK Oyster explaining that taxis could be hailed from inside.

New Jersey resident Theodora McCormick (R) accused the oyster bar of having a “strange business model” that “pulls tourists away and makes people miserable.”
Theodora McCormick

“I said to my husband, ‘Oh, why don’t we call a cab and have a drink,'” McCormick recalled. “That was my big mistake.”

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Little did the lovebirds know that their brief pit stop would turn into a wallet-busting odyssey.

Travelers first realized something was fishy when they asked a waiter for a cocktail menu, and the server instead began to rattle off a list of drink options.

Hoping to be polite, customers bought two beers, two martinis and about a dozen oysters, which the server forced them to order.

According to McCormick, one of the most problematic components was the beer, which brought two cartoonishly large boot-shaped glasses filled with three pints of beer.

As the couple braced themselves for the high price, he couldn’t fathom the extortionate figure on the bill.

DK Oyster Bar has 2.5 out of 5 stars based on 1,576 reviews from disgruntled customers who label the joint a “total disappointment” run by “thieves” and “the worst place in all of Greece”.
DK Oyster

“It was Mykonos; We knew it was going to be ridiculous… 250-odd euros, that’s what we thought,” says the seasoned vacationer. “But we got the bill and it was about 500 euros,” or about $510.

However, when they tried to complain about the bill, the pair were surrounded by “big, big” male servers who wouldn’t leave until the diners agreed to cough up the cash.

“They don’t have any waitresses,” cried McCormick, who agreed to foot the bill on his second and last day on the island.

“I told my husband, ‘We are in a foreign country,'” she says. “’It’s funny, but it’s obviously some kind of scam. We will pay the bill and try to deal with the credit card company later.”

Two beers resulted in two giant boots filled with a pint and a half each.
Each of the giant boots was filled with three pints of beer.
Theodora McCormick

His fears were confirmed after the New Jersey natives returned to their hotels and found a slew of negative reviews on DK Oyster’s Tripadvisor page. Indeed, the shady establishment rated the joint a “total scam” run by “thieves” and “the worst place in all of Greece” based on 1,576 reviews from disgruntled customers, scoring 2.5 out of 5 stars.

McCormick said he felt pretty stupid because “I don’t usually fall for this kind of scam.”

“It was just a fluke,” he said of their meal. “We didn’t plan to eat there, but we saw it [taxi] sign”.

He accused it of having a “strange business model” built on “ripping off tourists and making people miserable”.

DK’s owner, Dimitrios Kalamaras, called his critics “influencers” looking for a free meal.
Theodora McCormick

“They’ll never have repeat business, but I think they have enough people from all over the world to always have fresh meat in stock,” McCormick lamented.

Of course, the lawyer and her husband aren’t the first to fall victim to the DK Oyster scam. Earlier this month, Canadian newlyweds Lindsey and Alex Breen, in their 30s, claimed they were charged $570 for beer, Aperol spritz and a dozen oysters — which they had to order — while dining at a restaurant. honeymoon trip.

However, DK owner Dimitrios Kalamaras denied the allegations, saying, “This person who is trying to become popular with the name Lindsay Breen through Instagram posts starts by lying.”

“He says he ‘asked for the cocktail menu over and over,’ and adds that ‘the server didn’t seem to want to give it,'” Kalamaras said. “Nevertheless, he ordered it. An impressionable, seasoned traveler living through his experiences in the world did what most sane adults wouldn’t do, ordered drinks and food from a waiter who refused to serve a menu.”

The owner of the restaurant has acknowledged the many bad reviews on Tripadvisor, but says they are all fake.

“Unfortunately, all of us who work in the hospitality sector have been approached by popular ‘influencers’ who, instead of making a living by promoting products and services to their audience, they pressure certain businesses for exorbitant fees and free meals,” he said. Kalamaras told Kennedy News. “At DK Oyster, we’ve promoted our restaurant in ways we see fit, and we’re not beholden to influencers drawn to the beautiful island of Mykonos.”

Contrary to its claims, DK Oyster was recently fined more than $30,000 for defrauding two American tourists.