Fair fraud

Costa Levante News - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

Novem­ber 1, By email Hello from Ire­land,

We noted the let­ter from Della Brock 16/10, with ref­er­ence to above Fe­ria at Tor­re­vieja Port.

I am writ­ing to ad­vise that we too, (party of five) went to en­joy the fes­tiv­i­ties and a meal at the fe­ria at the port in Oc­to­ber, and we too were ripped off in the out­let tent in which we chose to dine (near­est the board­walk).

There was no menu, but we noted that there was a Span­ish party of peo­ple seated just in­side the en­trance and they had been served with a very large plat­ter of var­i­ous food and meat, pollo, pud­ding etc. that looked ap­petis­ing, so we gauged that it would be a good eatery.

We in­di­cated that we would have a sim­i­lar plat­ter of food as the group had.

There­after, ev­ery­thing went down­hill very fast. We were even­tu­ally "pre­sented" with a plat­ter of ribs , which were to­tal fat and no lean, and we couldn't as­cer­tain what type an­i­mal they came from, then there were burnt pork ribs, black! These were on a small bed of chips and gar­nished with a few roast pep­pers.

We im­me­di­ately asked again three times for what the Span­ish group had, which in­cluded chicken. We were just ig­nored on this re­quest. We gnawed as best we could on the 'rib bones' but it was in vain, there was nothing to get off them ex­cept fat, so we aban­doned them, and we ate the chips, hav­ing or­dered an ex­tra chip por­tion and two tanks of beer.

The staff knew they were rip­ping us off. They con­stantly stared at us. It felt in hind­sight that they were de­cid­ing how much they would chance rip­ping us off. When we re­quested the bill, the waiter ar­rived with a little note­book with €66 be­ing our ac­count to­tal.

We had an­tic­i­pated that, (if it had been very good) should be €50 max. We re­fused point blank to pay the €66 and pointed out the plat­ter of bones and fat. Even­tu­ally, he changed the bill to €56, but we only gave him €50, very re­luc­tantly, as we felt they were little more than con­men.

An­other puz­zle­ment was that the orig­i­nal party at the en­trance still had their full plat­ter of lovely meats etc. un­touched on their ta­ble as we left. They looked like 'plants'. It would never be the norm for us to com­plain and we would never refuse to pay our bill in full, but this ex­pe­ri­ence was a rip off from start to fin­ish, and well they knew it, no prices dis­played, ined­i­ble and non-de­script bones.

Be very vig­i­lant when you at­tend this fes­ti­val in May. Ask for menu and prices and be happy with the sur­round­ings.

Yours sin­cerely, The Dono­van and Con­way fam­i­lies, Dublin.

Rita Hamil­ton Please email your let­ter to the edi­tor at let­ters@cb­news.es adding "LET­TERS" as the sub­ject.

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