Grumpy tourist calls police after being charged $700 for seafood dish


A tourist who charged almost $1,000 for crab at a Singapore restaurant was greater than grumpy — she even known as the cops.

Junko Shinba, from Japan, told AsiaOne that she visited Seafood Paradise along with her tour group final month when she took a server’s recommendation and ordered the restaurant’s signature Alaskan king chili crab dish.

She was advised it was S$30 – however not that that was the value “for 100 grams”, she claimed.

Her group of 4 ended up getting far more than they may eat, she mentioned, weighing in at about 7.7 kilos, or 3,500 grams.

This meant it price 938 Singapore dollars, or simply underneath 700 US dollars.

“We were all speechless knowing that a dinner for four adults cost that much,” the 50-year-old advised the media.

“None of us were informed that the whole crab would be cooked just for us, because some other restaurants serve crabs partially,” she mentioned, claiming they had been served a lot “that there was left three plates full of crab.”

A spokesperson for the group that owns Seafood Paradise advised the outlet that the crab price $26.80 per 100 grams and mentioned the value of the dish had been “clearly communicated.”

“To avoid any miscommunication, the staff even brought the whole Alaskan king crab to the table before preparation,” they mentioned.

Shinba, nevertheless, was so outraged that she known as the cops and the Singapore Tourism Board.

“At the time of payment, the customers refused to pay the bill and requested to file a complaint. Therefore, the restaurant manager helped make the police report,” famous the restaurant, which mentioned the police arrived to mediate.

Ultimately, the restaurant supplied the grumpy buyer a paltry $107.40 off the invoice totaling $1,322 – about US$970 – “out of goodwill,” the restaurant’s house owners reportedly mentioned.

Alaskan king crab sometimes sells within the continental United States for about $70 per pound, based on an evaluation of seafood web sites.

That means it might price the typical American $539 to arrange a 7.7-pound dish of this delicacy at residence.


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