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11/06/2014 11:41 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Diner Forced To Spend Thousands On Wine After He Asks Waitress For Recommendation

This is WINE you have to be careful when you go out to dinner.

Joe Lentini went out for dinner at Bobby Flay Steak at the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City last week.

The Star-Ledger reports that Lentini, who said he's no wine expert, asked a waitress for a wine recommendation.

"I asked the waitress if she could recommend something decent because I don't have experience with wine," Lentini said. "She pointed to a bottle on the menu. I didn't have my glasses. I asked how much and she said, 'Thirty-seven fifty.'"

It turns out that the wine was a bottle of Screaming Eagle, Oakville 2011, which cost $3,750.

Lentini and his two fellow diners were able to get the restaurant to agree to a discounted price of $2,200, which is obviously still an incredible amount of money.

The Ledger reached out to the Borgata for the resort's side of the story.

"As the leading culinary destination in this region, we consistently serve as many, if not more high-end wine and spirits without incident," executive vice president Joseph Lupo said. "In this isolated case, both the server and sommelier verified the bottle requested with the patron."

Let's just hope some of the $2,200 will trickle down to the residents of Atlantic City, where three in ten people live below the federal poverty level and falling casino revenues have helped send the city into an economic death spiral.

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