05/01/2015 07:36 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

Dad Accidentally Charged £6,000 For Nando's Family Meal


A dad had a lucky escape after he was accidentally charged £6,000 by Nando's for a £62 family meal.

Aurel Lupsa visited a branch of the chicken restaurant in Brent Cross, London, with his wife, their seven-year-old daughter, his niece and her husband last Tuesday.

Their bill for chicken and chips came to £62.35, but when Aurel, 43, went to pay, the credit card machine displayed £6,235.88.

Not noticing the huge amount, Aurel entered his PIN number and paid.
Luckily, a Nando's staff member noticed the amount was incorrect and refunded the difference before Aurel left.

He said: "I didn't really notice I was overpaying, to be honest. Just as we were leaving, the server rushed over and said there had been a mistake. I couldn't believe it when they said I overpaid by more than £6,000.

"Thankfully, the mistake was spotted straight away, so I wasn't left broke and penniless or anything like that.

"I can't believe the most expensive meal of my life was at Nando's.

"It's good chicken, but it's not that good."

A Nando's spokesman said: "We immediately refunded the transaction and apologised for the error."

The story has echoes of the blunder that ruined a family's Christmas when dad-of-two Dean Baker, 32, was charged £60,000 for four rolls of wrapping paper and gift tags.

He had nipped out to a Card Factory store in his hometown of Birmingham and had thought his purchases had come to £5.94.

However, he later learned that a shop assistant's error had left him almost £60,000 in debt.

The cashier's mistake meant that Dean was actually charged £59,400.

Dean and his wife, Joanne, remained unaware of the blunder until Christmas Eve, when his card was declined when he attempted to pay for lunch.

The discovery of the huge overdraft and the subsequent freezing of their account threw the family's Christmas plans into disarray.

Instead of enjoying a fresh Christmas dinner as they had planned, they were forced to ask around friends and relatives to pull together a meal as Dean was unable to pay for their food shopping.

A Card Factory spokesperson acknowledged that an administrative error had taken place, but insisted they had done their best to correct it.