Foodie Customer Makes Garage Regret Offering That Free Meal

A garage offered a customer a free meal but was not expecting her bill
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A dealership offered a customer a free dinner in exchange for wrecking her new car, but they were not expecting her to go to L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon for $1,100. 

A London garage that offered a customer a free meal should probably have specified a price limit, or at least double-checked that they weren’t dealing with a foodie, because the client came back with a receipt for $1,100 from one of London’s top restaurants.

According to the BBC, 27-year-old Siobhan Yap was waiting to pick up a convertible she had purchased from an Audi dealership, but before she could take ownership a delivery vehicle hit the car and damaged it. The dealership was allegedly responsible for repairs and reportedly gave Yap a courtesy car while the car was being serviced. On top of that, to make up for the inconvenience, the Audi dealership told Yap that they would treat her and a guest to dinner to make amends. The dealership failed to specify a price limit, though, and they were stunned when Yap came back with a receipt from L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, where she and her mother had run up a bill of $1,100 with black truffles, risotto, two bottles of wine, two glasses each of Veuve Cliquot Champagne, four Old Cubans, and two French 75s.

The Audi dealership should probably have specified a price limit, and when given the receipt a spokesperson reportedly said the bill was “an excessive expenditure” and that they would only pay half.

Yap, however, says the dealership sent her 250 pounds, or about $386. She maintains that if they intended there to be a price limit they should have said so, and the price was not excessive for the restaurant or the amount of trouble the dealership’s accident caused her.

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