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Japanese tourists call police over rip-off restaurant bill






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Four Japanese tourists are angry because a restaurant in Venice charged them $1,350 for a steak dinner. The four tourists say they were ripped off (overcharged) for their steak. They were students on a day trip to Venice. The police and Venice's mayor are contacting the restaurant. The mayor promised to take action. He said: "If this [shocking] episode is [true], we'll do all we can to punish those responsible. We are for justice - always."

Tourists often get overcharged. People in Venice are worried about this news. There have been many similar cases recently of rip-off prices in Venice. One person tweeted that the restaurant is harming the good name of Venice. The restaurant has a 1.5 (out of 5) rating on a travel website. Around 83 per cent of the site's visitors gave it a "Terrible" rating. One person complained about average food, bad service and "hidden fees" of almost $60 in taxes and tips.

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