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Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - FRONT PAGE -

A fi­nan­cial ad­vi­sor was accidentally given a bill of over £250,000 for a two-course meal with her son.

Pre­tima Cham­paneri-Phillips, 52, only re­alised she had been charged the sky-high amount af­ter en­ter­ing her PIN and be­ing pre­sented with the re­ceipt, ac­cord­ing to the Evening Stan­dard.

The prob­lem arose af­ter she or­dered soup fol­lowed by coq au vin, while her son had eggs bene­dict and a steak. The bill with drinks and ser­vice should have been £26.83 but ended up as £268,399.

The wait­ress quickly cor­rected trans­ac­tion was can­celled.

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Ms Cham­paneri-Phillips told the Stan­dard: “I should think it was the most ex­pen­sive meal I have ever had in my life. It was good, but not that good!

“I’m sur­prised they were al­lowed to have so many dig­its en­tered with­out alarms bells go­ing off. It just shows how im­por­tant it is to check your bill at the end of your meal.”

A Cote spokesman said: “We do apol­o­gise. Luck­ily the lady no­ticed so it was can­celled. Even if she had pressed en­ter, that amount would never have gone through.”

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