It has been many months since I have been scammed. Yesterday, I invited a group of four others to join Lisa and me for a drink. For the six of us, I ordered three beers. We had a great time, talking, laughing and very slowly drinking. After one hour, we only finished two beers but decided to leave. I approached the counter and asked for the bill. The owner typed on the calculator “360” yuan. That is approximately $50. I looked at him in surprise and he said that we were also obligated to pay for the tea brought to the table, the time spent at the table and the heating of the restaurant.
Frustrated, I handed him 80 yuan and walked out the door. He followed closely behind, yelling in a foreign tongue, so I motioned for him to come to our hotel. As soon as we arrived, our guide appeared. He spoke briefly to the man, told him to leave and apologized to me.
The next morning, I was told I should have paid a maximum of 40 yuan. Oh well, another lesson learned.