Man Asks For Wine Suggestion, Receives $4,700 Bill After Being Told By Waitress The Wine Was 'Thirty-Seven Fifty'
NJ.com- "I asked the waitress if she could recommend something decent because I don't have experience with wine," Lentini said. "She pointed to a bottle on the menu. I didn't have my glasses. I asked how much and she said, 'Thirty-seven fifty.'"
"[The host] was sitting across from me and he handed the bill to person next to him, who handed it to the next person until it got to me," he said. "I showed the gentleman next to me and we were shocked. We couldn't believe it."
The total bill was $4,700.61, including tax. The bottle of wine, Screaming Eagle, Oakville 2011 -- cost $3,750.
"I thought the wine was $37.50," Lentini said.
Is this how low Atlantic City has stooped? Now that billion dollar casinos like the Revel are shutting down due to lack of foot traffic, Atlantic City is just scamming it's restaurant goers? I know things look bad now AC, but you are about to get legal sports betting. You don't have to attempt to bankrupt your customers. Especially you Borgota. The Borgota is like the one casino that can't complain about the stream of money coming in.
Anyway, this blame falls mostly on this waitress broad. There are two types of people that are trying to order a $3,750 bottle of wine. The guy that is trying to impress and knows nothing about wine. Generally, that type looks the part. The other type is the wine connoisseur that specifically picks out the bottle by name. It's not hard to tell the difference between someone that wants to order a bottle of wine worth nearly 4 G's, and who doesn't, based on looks alone. The person that says "bring me whatever" differs greatly from the person that says "bring me your finest wine".
I think this boils down to whether or not this guy is an avid visiter of Atlantic City. If he is familiar with the culture surrounding the entire area then he should know better than to trust a waitress. Especially one that probably sports a 20:1 chest to brains ratio. I would rather have the bro spitting up his Heinekens on the roulette table make my vino selection. Regardless, if you're in AC you have to realize that everyone, from the visitors to the employees, is there to make a buck. Just because Bobby Flay's is an upscale restaurant doesn't mean it's morally superior to the guy dealing you cards when you're too drunk to see. You can paint your toilet gold, but at the end of the day it's still full of shit.
It's debatable whether or not this guy should have known better. However, fact remains he definitely didn't. This guy couldn't tell a $3,750 bottle of wine from cat piss. I know the rich stay rich by penny pinching, but I think a multibillion dollar operation like Borgota has to realize when the bill is theirs to flip. In the grand scheme of things the bad publicity probably costs more than the overpriced bottle of wine.