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Tue, 10 Dec 2013 09:45:00 GMT | By Mark Anderson
How restaurants rack up your bill

Spot the tricks of the trade on your next visit.



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A good meal at a favourite restaurant can be a sublime experience. But behind the friendly wait staff, delicious entrees and extensive wine list is a well-oiled machine designed to suck as much money as possible from your wallet, ideally without your knowledge or objection. Here are some of the techniques restaurants use to keep bills inflated and still have you coming back for more.

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