The Reading / Listening - Rip-off Restaurant - Level 2

Four Japanese tourists are angry after a restaurant in Venice, Italy charged them $1,350 for a steak dinner. The four tourists say they were ripped off (overcharged) for the meal. They were students on a day trip to Venice. They decided to have dinner at a restaurant near the world-famous St Mark's Square on Friday. The police and Venice's mayor are looking into this incident. The mayor promised to take action. He said: "If this disgraceful episode is confirmed, we'll do all we can to punish those responsible. We are for justice - always."



It is common for tourists to be overcharged. Venice residents are worried about what happened to the Japanese tourists. There have been many similar cases recently in Venice. Some residents tweeted: "Whoever puts the good name of Venice at risk, harms all Venetians." The restaurant has a low 1.5 (out of 5) rating on the website TripAdvisor.com. Around 83 per cent of visitors gave it a "Terrible" rating. One person complained that: "The food was very average....They added almost $60 in taxes and a tip - these are the hidden fees....And the service wasn't that good. I feel scammed."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Rip-off Restaurant - Level 0 Rip-off Restaurant - Level 1   or  Rip-off Restaurant - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/venice-restaurant-bill-charge-meal-tourists-police-osteria-da-luca-st-marks-square-a8172426.html
  • http://www.euronews.com/2018/01/22/venice-s-mayor-pledges-action-over-1-100-dinner-bill
  • http://metro.co.uk/2018/01/22/students-rang-police-given-1000-bill-restaurant-venice-7250997/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. charged them $1,350
  2. they were ripped off
  3. They were students on a day
  4. near the world-famous
  5. looking into
  6. The mayor promised
  7. we'll do all
  8. We are for
  1. we can
  2. trip
  3. (overcharged)
  4. justice
  5. for a steak dinner
  6. St Mark's Square
  7. to take action
  8. this incident

Paragraph 2

  1. It is common for tourists
  2. worried about
  3. There have been many similar
  4. puts the good name of
  5. The food
  6. almost $60 in taxes
  7. And the service wasn't that
  8. I feel
  1. good
  2. Venice at risk
  3. scammed
  4. to be overcharged
  5. and a tip
  6. cases
  7. what happened
  8. was very average

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Four Japanese tourists (1) ___________________ a restaurant in Venice, Italy (2) ___________________ $1,350 for a steak dinner. The four tourists say they were (3) ___________________ (overcharged) for the meal. They were students on a day trip to Venice. They (4) ___________________ dinner at a restaurant near the world-famous St Mark's Square on Friday. The police and Venice's mayor are looking into this incident. The mayor promised (5) ___________________. He said: "If this disgraceful episode is confirmed, we'll do all we can to punish those responsible. We (6) ___________________ - always."

It (7) ___________________ tourists to be overcharged. Venice residents are worried about what happened to the Japanese tourists. There have been (8) ___________________ recently in Venice. Some residents tweeted: "Whoever puts the good name of Venice at (9) ___________________ Venetians." The restaurant has a low 1.5 (out of 5) rating on the website TripAdvisor.com. Around 83 per cent of visitors gave it (10) ___________________. One person complained that: "The food (11) ___________________....They added almost $60 in taxes and a tip - these are (12) ___________________....And the service wasn't that good. I feel scammed."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

FourJapanesetouristsareangryafterarestaurantinVenice,Italycharg
edthem$1,350forasteakdinner.Thefourtouristssaytheywererippedo
ff(overcharged)forthemeal.TheywerestudentsonadaytriptoVenice.
Theydecidedtohavedinneratarestaurantneartheworld-famousStM
ark'sSquareonFriday.ThepoliceandVenice'smayorarelookingintothi
sincident.Themayorpromisedtotakeaction.Hesaid:"Ifthisdisgraceful
episodeisconfirmed,we'lldoallwecantopunishthoseresponsible.Wea
reforjustice-always."Itiscommonfortouriststobeovercharged.Venic
eresidentsareworriedaboutwhathappenedtotheJapanesetourists.T
herehavebeenmanysimilarcasesrecentlyinVenice.Someresidentstw
eeted:"WhoeverputsthegoodnameofVeniceatriskharmsallVenetian
s."Therestauranthasalow1.5(outof5)ratingonthewebsiteTripAdviso
r.com.Around83percentofvisitorsgaveita"Terrible"rating.Oneperso
ncomplainedthat:"Thefoodwasveryaverage....Theyaddedalmost$6
0intaxesandatip-thesearethehiddenfees....Andtheservicewasn'ttha
tgood.Ifeelscammed."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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Answers

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