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Can a couple of glasses of ordinary light table wine cost more than 200 euros? Hardly, except that the concepts of conscience and honest business are completely absent…

Greek tax declared war on restaurateurs because of the deception of tourists. In the photo the Island of Mykonos
It is no wonder that the tax service of Greece is interested in how it turns out at the restaurateurs of the popular resort of Mykonos. The island in the Aegean sea is known for its catering establishments, because of them he was in the news at the beginning of this holiday season. Tourists complain about the exorbitant prices of food and looking for what the catch.

Restaurants, cafes and Nightclubs in the resort of Mykonos a lot, there is even a representative network of steak houses “Nusr-Et”. Otherwise it can not be called – this institution Turkish chef nicknamed “Salt Bae”, which became a meme because of the original manner of sprinkling meat with salt. It serves huge portions of meat dishes, but the prices are appropriate. Until recently, it even served as the hallmark of the restaurant, but now it is closed. Too clever by half with black books and have accumulated some fines only 33,000 euros.

The closure of “Nusr-Et” was a kind of trigger – the police and tax authorities as if suddenly realized that what is happening in this industry is clearly beyond small tricks. If earlier it was possible to convince a disgruntled tourist that good wine in a good resort can not be cheap, then explain to Yannis Parras Why a bottle of 20 euros he tried to sell for 230 euros, no one could. Offended to the core tourist from London vividly described the incident in social networks and rushed.

The incident with a score of 836 euros for 6 pieces of squid as part of Breakfast received a wide resonance. No, not a giant Kraken loin with a tentacle span of 18 m, but just 6 small pieces of seafood. In another case, the tourist was served not even a whole grilled chicken, but one fried thigh for 100 euros. A Cup of coffee for 25 euros? In Greek resorts there is such! Or do you like a normal Breakfast at the usual price, but with the addition that a glass of spring water costs 9 euros?

The incident with the score of 836 euros for 6 pieces of squid received a wide networks
What is happening in Mykonos and other Greek resorts experts cynically called “culture of fraud.” Cash in, earn on vacationers – this is the very essence of the business, but this season there restaurateurs have crossed all boundaries. They try to justify themselves by the fact that customers see the menu and price tags, and therefore are to blame for the wrong decisions. But in a detailed study of forgery POPs up from everywhere – the price is in grams, not in kilograms, the size of the portions is hidden, there are hidden items, and these as bait free options are not observed.

Right now the restaurants of Mykonos is flooded with agents in civilian clothes who caught dishonest dealers on live bait. Already closed a few dozen institutions, and how many will last until the end of the season – no one knows. The police reports that it is planned to carry out more than 50,000 raids, the authorities are going to shake up the entire industry and restore order. This means 2 things: to punish those who deceive tourists carrying money to the country, and to take the money themselves. It’s all about them, anyway.

According to statistics, almost a quarter of economic activity in Greece is in the shadows. The state does not receive about 25 billion euros a year, which is an impressive 9% of GDP. The country is already mired in debt to international financial institutions, forced to sell airports and seaports, to survive in a permanent crisis. And then there is a sneaky blow to the tourism sector – no, it is better to punish restaurateurs than to lose almost the last real source of income.

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