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Getting Taken to The Cleaners

June 1, 2011

Photo: Howard L. Puckett; Styling: Cindy Manning Barr

Recently, I ate at a beautiful restaurant. The aroma of italian food filled the air and I felt like I was back at my favorite restaurant in Positano. The music and ambiance of this fine eatery was cozy and complimented by great friends and a lot of vino.

When I reviewed the menu, I decided to go against that little voice in my head instructing me to stay away from the carbs and gave in to the voice in my tummy saying “you only live once” and ordered the Pasta Primavera for $18. It was delicious! As our evening came to a close, the bill arrived. This is where it got interesting.

1 Pasta Primavera    $18

1 Glass Wine   $9

1 Side Salad  $8

Napkins $0.87

Glassware $1.15

Silverware $0.99

Olive Oil  $0.49

Pasta Noodles $ 2.44

Cherry Tomatoes $1.78

Parmesan Cheese $1.67

Water for Washing Hands $0.89

Toliet Paper $6.55

Candle light $2.21

Music $3.32

Mints $ 1.99

Chairs $4.67

The bill went on and on. Nickle and diming us for every possible bit of matter that we happened to consume, touch, inhale, or even look at! Sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it ?! Shouldn’t all of this be included in the price of the food and wine? It is ridiculous and although this didn’t really happen, it is a fantastic example of how Smashing was treated this week by an unsaid vendor. Don’t think they will be getting a 20% tip on this one!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 1, 2011 8:03 am

    You forgot the paper for printing the bill!

  2. Ace permalink
    June 1, 2011 9:08 am

    And the ink too!

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