Jerusalem tourist charged $2,800 for shawarma platter
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Jerusalem tourist charged $2,800 for shawarma platter

Was it the most amazing shawarma platter ever?

At $2,800, you would hope so.

That’s how much a Jerusalem restaurant charged a tourist for her shawarma.

In a post to the Secret Jerusalem Facebook page last week, Laura Ziff asked for help in finding information about the restaurant, which is near the Jaffa Gate, in order to get a refund. Her receipt from the place, which she identified as Old City Shawarma, showed that she had been charged 10,100 shekels for the meal.

The owner told Israel’s Channel 13 that the transaction was a mistake.

A former employee, however, told the morning news program on Israel’s Channel 12 that the owners had used the tactic several times before. He said that sometimes the owner would quote the price in shekels but then charge the number quoted in dollars or euros. The employee added that some tourists gave up trying to recover the money that they were overcharged.

On Monday, Ziff posted a note in the comments section of her original post. She said that the restaurant’s owners got in touch with her and apologized for the mistake.

“I am confident that they are trying to do the right thing,” she wrote. “I am hopeful that within the next day or so everything will be resolved.”

One of the commenters on her Facebook page wrote: “100 people should go and have shawarma there and when he comes with the bill they can tell him that Laura Ziff already paid!”

JTA

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