Waiter-May I Have the Bill Please?

Nikki Beach Restaurant Bill

Crises? What Crisis?  My girlfriend’s father sent us this photo circulating on the net from the Nikki Beach Restaurant in Saint Tropez, France  that was obviously photographed with a cell phone and shared on the internet. What is even more amazing is that it is a lunch bill.

Nikki Beach

I would love to know what diner cost them? Or to put things in another perspective, what can you buy for around 107,000 Euros? You can purchase  around 10 Volkswagon Polo or 15 Renaut Twingo automobiles or around 90 Macbook Pro computers or over 150 iPhone 4s’s or a cute little studio apartment just outside of Paris or a nice medium sized house in the French country side or a nice little sailing yacht or a high end BMW, Mercedes, Citroen or another high end vehicle.

Feed the Children

Let’s put it in another perspective. It costs around 1.90 South African Rand to feed one child per day. That is the equivalent of around 25 cents USD per day. The above restaurant bill could feed 428,000 children for one day or 1163 children for one year!

Mercedes SL Roadster Cost Approximately $105,000 USD

None the less, wealth is really relative isn’t it? To some, this is just a drop in the bucket and to others this represents their life earnings or ten lives for many.  But come to think of it, lunch was quite the bargain, considering it was for 16 people. That only works out to 6720,25 € each! I guess it is guests like these that keep the luxury business thriving in the South of France and elsewhere. C’est la Vie!

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  • Michael in Paris

    Was Mitt Romney in France?  If yes, he paid 37,000 Euro (about 45,000 dollars +/-) on sales tax the lunch.  Is this more than he paid in USA income taxes?

    • http://www.benjaminkanarekblog.com/ Benjamin Kanarek

      I think so ;-)

  • Abbe Costa

    Among these elements, the wine cost 90k EURO. So eating Caviar and 7kg of crayfish for 1.000 EURO per person is “reasonable”

  • http://www.facebook.com/boris.gorjan Boris Gorjan

    wow … I am speachless …

  • JackAllTog

    The initial gut reaction is that of disgusting opulence, but at least people with this much money are spending it and all the people along the supply chain and their families benefit from such expenditure in terms of employment etc.
    Should anyone have that much money in the first place, did they really earn it with their hard work and intelligence being so much better than mine or yours – of course not they were at least one of the following – opportunistic, rich family, lucky, corrupt, hard working & intelligent.
    So keep the money flowing and the fairness in society by giving all the opportunity to build successful careers but not at the expense of excessive exploitation or suppression of others.

    • http://www.benjaminkanarekblog.com/ Benjamin Kanarek

      I never passed judgement, I just made an observation. Yes, keep the money flowing…

  • JackAllTog

    The initial gut reaction is that of disgusting opulence, but at least people with this much money are spending it and all the people along the supply chain and their families benefit from such expenditure in terms of employment etc.
    Should anyone have that much money in the first place, did they really earn it with their hard work and intelligence being so much better than mine or yours – of course not they were at least one of the following – opportunistic, rich family, lucky, corrupt, hard working & intelligent.
    So keep the money flowing and the fairness in society by giving all the opportunity to build successful careers but not at the expense of excessive exploitation or suppression of others.

  • JackAllTog

    The initial gut reaction is that of disgusting opulence, but at least people with this much money are spending it and all the people along the supply chain and their families benefit from such expenditure in terms of employment etc.
    Should anyone have that much money in the first place, did they really earn it with their hard work and intelligence being so much better than mine or yours – of course not they were at least one of the following – opportunistic, rich family, lucky, corrupt, hard working & intelligent.
    So keep the money flowing and the fairness in society by giving all the opportunity to build successful careers but not at the expense of excessive exploitation or suppression of others.

  • Ralf_Stein

    first… you dont get for 15.000,00 € a Mercedes or a nice little house….
    second… it`s well known that the Cote d Azur is one of the hot spot for the rich people… and to them is easy to spend 100.000,00 € each day… without Boat or House costs… Russian, Arabian or some Far East Billionaire People are the Customer of Clubs like Nikki Beach St. Tropez or Ocean Club Marbella or Pacha Ibiza…

    • http://www.benjaminkanarekblog.com/ Benjamin Kanarek

      Are you telling me that you cannot buy a Mercedes for 107,000 Euros??? I beg to differ! Of course you can! http://mercedes.elite-auto.fr/tarifs.asp