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Man orders $37.50 bottle of wine, gets a HUGE shock on his check

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Even making this graphic (courtesy of MGN Online) didn't cost as much as Joe Lentini's bottle of wine Even making this graphic (courtesy of MGN Online) didn't cost as much as Joe Lentini's bottle of wine
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -

One man in Atlantic City learned the hard way to never assume. 

Let me set the scene for you. 

You're sitting at a fancy restaurant with a few of your friends. Perhaps you just won big at the craps tables ("Big" is a subjective term, but in this case I'll run with my definition of "winning big" and we'll say $50, because if I walked away from any casino game up $50, that's a big day for me), so you're feeling a little generous. The waitress comes over and says, "What would you like to drink?" You're already committed to acting like Rich Uncle Pennybags so you inquire about the wine. Perhaps you ask, "What's good?" The waitress recommends to you her favorite (or whatever management wants her to push), and you not really knowing anything about wine, but pretending to, bust out your best Jim Carey in Dumb and Dumber "soup de jour" response of "Mmmm... that sounds good. I'll have that." 

Here's where the lesson can be learned. When you ask about the price, and the waitress responds, "thirty-seven fifty," don't assume that your crisp $50 bill will cover that. Specify exactly what that means. One guy in New Jersey learned this after his check for dinner came to more than $4,000!

Jim Lentini was dining at Bobby Flay's Steak at the Borgata Hotel Casino in Atlantic City and made the mistake of assuming "Thirty-seven fifty" meant $37.50, when in fact the waitress meant $3750. A substantial difference of $3712.50. The bottle of Screaming Eagle Oakville from 2011 cost him and his party of ten $3750. $3750 for a bottle of wine. And it wasn't even the 2009 Screaming Eagle Oakville, which of course we all know is worth that money, but the 2011? $44.99.. tops. Okay, that's me pretending to know about wine again. 

Anyway, Lentini was able to get the restaurant to reduce the price to a measly $2,200, which split ten ways totaled $220 each, plus tip. And a bottle of wine split ten ways? Essentially each diner paid hundreds of dollars for half a glass of wine, if not less! Though the restaurant maintains they didn't have to reduce the price for the table. They said they were very clear what the wine was listed at. 

And was it worth it? 

"It was okay. It was good. It wasn't great. It wasn't terrible. It was fine," was all Lentini had to say about it. 

At least he was honest about that. At least he didn't come back with some pseudo-description of "Ummm, it was very earthy. Hints of oak tree bark rounded out the robust flavor of pears and apples with a brilliant afterglow of caramels on a Moroccan beach blanketed by smokey sun-kissed peach aromas." 

Way to be honest Mr. Lentini! I couldn't tell you the difference between a $2,200 bottle of wine or a $2.50 bottle of wine from Trader Joe's. But I certainly would pretend I could if asked by a reporters. Then again, even if I was under the assumption the bottle was $37.50 in the first place, I would've opted to spend my $50 winning selfishly on 20+ bottles of "two-buck chuck" and hand two to each of my diners, before attempting to split a single bottle of wine among a table of ten people I'm suppose to call my friends. But that's just the kind of guy I am. 

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