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Peterhof - Warning re Ice-cream stand

Malmo, Sweden
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Peterhof - Warning re Ice-cream stand

At the risk of receiving unwanted comments in reply, and acknowledging that I was probably scammed and stupid to accept it, I'd like to warn against what I believe was unacceptable!

We ordered an ice-cream cone with 3 scoops, and were charged 1600 rubles at one of the many stands in the gardens.

I complained and said that couldn't be right, and since they don't accept cards, I didn't even have that much cash on me. After awhile the price was dropped to 1400, I again complained and said I'd leave it, but the seller was very persuasive and convinced that was the price, even trying to answer my request as to how the price was broken down, and to justify that against what was written on the menu.

I was also upset that the locals behind me in the queue were laughing, and not willing to help at all...so I paid and moved on, albeit frustrated more than anything.

Lesson learnt, and I'll be a lot more careful and check the exact price in advance in future, maybe only my opinion, but that's not on!

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Pittsburgh...
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11. Re: Peterhof - Warning re Ice-cream stand

Sorry you were scammed. My daughter and I were scammed twice in the train station in Naples. Thanks for the warning. We are headed to St. Petersburg in August.

London, United...
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12. Re: Peterhof - Warning re Ice-cream stand

Have you not checked price BEFORE ordering?

New Delhi, India
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13. Re: Peterhof - Warning re Ice-cream stand

I got ripped off on Langos in that hall too! And in exactly the way you described - we asked for a price and then the store owner added all the "extras" which we didn't realize was costing us extra. I guess you just chalk it up to a learning experience and move on

England
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14. Re: Peterhof - Warning re Ice-cream stand

France is pretty bad for short changing.

It's got to the stage where when receiving change I hold my hand out flat or ask them to put it on the counter and check it bit by bit infront of them.

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15. Re: Peterhof - Warning re Ice-cream stand

xmobi75>>>of course let's blame the victims

Holt, Missouri
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16. Re: Peterhof - Warning re Ice-cream stand

@DeeptiBh

"I got ripped off on Langos in that hall too!"

That place is notorious for this sort of thing.

@ trickster9 - interesting. Thanks for the heads up.

Centerville, Ohio
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17. Re: Peterhof - Warning re Ice-cream stand

Thanks for your post and very interesting thread

Moscow, Russia
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18. Re: Peterhof - Warning re Ice-cream stand

Aeolis,

Did I get it right that it was 350 rbl for a scoop of ice-cream? I don't do pounds, but in continental currency it would be about 5 euro? And that's a park stand, not cafe with waiters etc.?

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