Australians expose dirty tricks to charge you big for water

Diners expose the dirty tricks Australian restaurants use to slug you with massive bills for a glass of water

  • Aussie diners notice trend where free tap water is no longer offered as an option
  • One Reddit user said they were slugged $20 after believing ‘still’ water was free
  • Other users argued restaurants are upselling and patrons just need to ask for tap 

Australian diners have exposed the dirty tricks restaurants use to slug their patrons with a massive bill for a glass of water.

Restaurants that serve alcohol are required by law to provide free tap water, but that doesn’t stop some from trying to confuse customers into paying for it.

A Melbourne resident noticed the sneaky trend where tap water was no longer offered after being given ‘still or sparkling’ as the only options.

Australians are taking aim at restaurants price gouging trend as free tap water no longer offered with 'still or sparkling' as the only options (STOCK, waiter pouring glass of water)

Australians are taking aim at restaurants price gouging trend as free tap water no longer offered with ‘still or sparkling’ as the only options (STOCK, waiter pouring glass of water) 

Another Victorian said they were charged a huge fee after bottles of still water – which they thought was tap water – were brought to the table.

‘I once answered “still” thinking that meant tap water, $20 on the bill at the end for the multiple bottles of water they brought to the table – without asking if we wanted more – that i thought were free tap water,’ they wrote. 

I had dinner with a friend recently, she she ordered the still water and I was like “they are going to charge you for that”. She didn’t believe me. Well, well, she did when the bill came,’ another commented.     

Others advised the Melburnian to ‘just ask for tap’ when asked the ‘pompous’ question as its the restaurants way of upselling.

‘Yep always just ask for tap,’ one wrote.

‘Is there anyone who doesn’t roll their eyes when they get ask this pompous question? If I want expensive sparkling I will ask, just like anything else on the menu.’

Another diner added: ‘If they ever offer still or sparkling we always just say just tap water please. And they bring it. Happens mostly at restaurants.

‘It’s called up-selling. You can still ask for tap water and they can’t say no, but it’s literally their job to make profit. There’s no profit in tap water,’ a third explained.

One Sydneysider dined at chef Matt Moran’s pricey waterfront restaurant Aria was charged $10.50 for one bottle of still water.  

It comes after one Sydneysider was blindsided after being charged $10.50 for one bottle of water at a pricey waterfront restaurant (pictured)

It comes after one Sydneysider was blindsided after being charged $10.50 for one bottle of water at a pricey waterfront restaurant (pictured)

But someone who claimed to be a silent partner in a ‘decent up-and-coming Melbourne restaurant’ said people were making it a bigger issue than what it should be and patrons just need to be polite.

‘Restaurants ARE at the end of the day businesses and it’s not against the law for them to make money in small ways like this,’ they wrote.

‘If you don’t like sparkling water or you don’t want to pay for it it is entirely up to you to control the interaction or say no, politely!

‘Nobody is forcing you to take something you don’t want.’

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