Today's award goes to a British trainee restaurant manager.
The unidentified group ... walked into the Hawksmoor's bar on a busy Tuesday night whilst the restaurant had its hands full with 170 other diners.
“It was an usually very busy night for us,” restaurant manager Dale Clovey said. “The Biba conference is currently taking place in Manchester at the moment, so we think they came from that. They were suited businessmen.”
Alongside a 350g ribeye steak, two 300g fillet steaks and a side of mash potatoes, they asked the waitresses for a 2001 bottle of Chateau Pichon Longueville Contesse de Lalande, which has a price tag of £260 [about US $333].
The waitress asked a manager, who was visiting from another store doing some training, if she could fetch it for her but she picked up the wrong bottle.
A £4,500 [about US $5,760] bottle of Château Le Pin, Pomerol, 2001 was sent to the table instead.
Will Beckett, 41, a co-founder of Hawksmoor, said: “Another manager picked up on it when they asked for a second bottle.”
Not wanting to cause a fuss the staff member “gently steered the customers toward another bottle of wine and kept quiet”, he said.
The steakhouse only has a single bottle of the Château Le Pin in stock at any one time, with only 500 cases of the vintage ever made.
It is on their “rarities” menu and costs almost £3,000 [about US $3,840] more than any other bottle available.
The final bill for the three men came to just over £400 [about US $512] – less than a tenth of the cost of the wine.
There's more at the link. All currency conversions are correct at the time of writing.
I wish I'd had a mistake like that made in my favor . . . if the price is anything to go by, that must have been a passing fair plonk. No wonder they wanted another bottle!