Caleño tourist in Cartagena denounced that he was charged 400,000 pesos for a bottle of brandy


Cartagena is one of the main tourist destinations in Colombia. PHOTO: PRIVATE FILE

Cartagena, one of the most desired tourist sites by Colombians and foreigners, treats those who come to visit it very well, with some exceptions. The majesty of the walls, the beaches and the historic center is what attracts the attention of those who visit it.

However, on some occasions some sellers do their thing and are given to “knock down” more than one for charging for a service. This year has happened several times and in previous years too. The cases have become widely recognized and of course generate rejection from locals and strangers.

Last June, for example, a tourist who was in the Playa Blanca sector, in the capital of Bolívar, denounced that she was charged 250,000 pesos for the “service”.

Now this Sunday a tourist from Cali denounced on social networks that he was charged nothing more and nothing less than 400,000 pesos for a bottle of brandy, which generated rejection, since the normal cost of this product is 52,000 pesos.

The man published that they charged him that amount and even a tip of 40,000 pesos. In addition, he bought two sodas (20,000 pesos) and an energy drink (20,000), so the total bill was 480,741 pesos, that is, almost half a million pesos.

“It is incredible the way they want to knock people down here in Cartagena. How is it possible that they are going to charge 400,000 pesos for a bottle of brandy?, wrote the tourist from Cali when denouncing what happened.

Invoice collected from a tourist from Cali in Cartagena.  PHOTO: PRIVATE FILE
Invoice collected from a tourist from Cali in Cartagena. PHOTO: PRIVATE FILE

Some users responded to the man, both for and against, as they recommended that every time he goes to Cartagena ask before consuming, as it is a fairly expensive city.

One of them was @LuiggiBust. He wrote: “I won’t justify the price, it’s a steal, but they lose nothing by asking what each thing is worth.”

Tweet from @LuiggiBust
Tweet from @LuiggiBust

User Kevin Llinás Caballero joined the conversation. His trill was “I agree that the price is excessive, but don’t you see the letter before ordering?”.

Tweet from @LuiggiBust
Tweet from @LuiggiBust

For his part, the user @ htoro1014 asked to be told the name of the establishment so as never to enter.

Tweet by @htoro1014
Tweet by @htoro1014

Another tweet was that of Iván Ocampo. “I don’t understand how they still insist on going to Cartagena for tourism. Until we unite and stop visiting that site they will not stop scamming and extorting tourists,” he stated.

Tweet by Ivan Ocampo
Tweet by Ivan Ocampo

Previously, the president of Corpoturismo, Natalia Bohórquez, spoke with The universal, He rejected this type of acts and assured that it must be guaranteed that visitors have the best experience in the city.

“They come to our house and we want them to feel welcome, to take away memorable memories and want to come back and recommend us. Cases such as price abuses do not go along these lines, they damage our image of warmth and of course mistreat the experience”, assured the official.

Bohórquez invited tourism service providers to have a host spirit and provide services and products that are in line with quality and warmth. “This will certainly be a ripple effect for more tourists to visit us,” he added.

What to do in a case?

The newspaper also specified that in the event of price abuse, anyone can contact the Police line 123. Likewise, the mayor of Cartagena, William Dau, announced the creation of an elite group to deal with these cases.

“We are enabling a WhatsApp line (3022121495) in which cases of price abuse such as those that occurred this week, problems in public spaces, areas with poor waste disposal, public lighting failures, among other cases, can be reported,” said the president.

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