Man left with bank-busting Valentine’s Day bill after misreading wine list

A man forked out more than he intended to for his Valentine’s Day meal after misreading the menu.

The chap, who had been living in Japan for two years, failed to calculate the conversion rate properly.

He thought he was paying £60 for a high quality bottle of plonk – but actually ended up paying ten times the amount.

The hopeless romantic went on to recall the awkward moment on Reddit.

According to the Mirror, he wrote: "So I’ve been living in Japan for almost two years now and have been seeing a girl for about six months.

"Today being Valentine’s Day, I made reservations for a course meal at a hotel restaurant.”

He continued: "Admittedly, it’s not my usual style; I’m perfectly happy going to cheap izakayas and that kind of thing, but variety is the spice of life and we both decided it would be nice to dress up a little and have a fancy meal.

"Two course meals were already going to set me back a pretty penny, but the f*** up was when it came time to order drinks.

"As befits a romantic dinner, we decided on a bottle of wine.

"I have long since decided not to pretend to be a wine expert and to just ask the servers for their recommendation when it comes to this kind of thing.

"Our waiter went for the drink menu, came back with a tablet, and made a few suggestions, all around the ¥16,000 ($160) price range.”

The Redditor added: "Of course I tried not to let it show, but I thought that was a bit on the expensive side and swiped to an $80 alternative. I asked him if it’s a good wine.

“Oh, that’s a very good wine, sir.”

"I told him we’d go with that one, and he politely took the order and left.

"My girlfriend spent the next 10 minutes or so joking about the wine ordering process, and I thought she was making fun of me for going with a cheaper wine. Fair enough.

"The wine was served to us and we both agreed it was really good.

"She kept going with the joking, though, and it was when she said that she hoped that it was 80,000 yen and not 80,000 dollars that it finally hit me.”

The bloke realised he’d actually spent hundreds on the bottle – but he’d knocked back too much of it to complain.

He said: "Somehow, even after living here for as long as I have, my brain misfired and I equated 80,000 yen with $80 when it’s actually more like $800.

"By that point, we were well into the bottle and there was no going back."

Thankfully, the pair were able to laugh off the eye-watering bill.

The Redditor explaind: "Needless to say, that was a shocker, but I did my best to take it in stride and just enjoy it.

"She was pretty cool about it too, laughing about it but also showing concern about the (for us) outrageous price.

"I’m fortunate enough to not have to worry about it, and I’m thankful for that, but my bank account definitely took a hit tonight.

"I had to mentally prepare myself for when the bill arrived.

"Anyway, as I told her, we’ll just be drinking tap water for the next 10 Valentine’s Days."

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