Ceynor is a seafood restaurant near Fort which is actually supposed to be OK. However, they’re severely damaged their reputation by trying to cheat HSBC customers – offering them a public discount and then giving them another menu with higher prices, thus negating the discount. It’s so stupid that it almost boggles the mind. In another country that might be serious damage to a business, but I oddly feel inclined to go try them now. I do hear that the food is ok.
As you can see from the menu above, their plan was to ask customers how they planned to pay (cash or card) and then give them a different menu. The HSBC discount was 20% and the doctored menus had prices around 50% higher, so they would have made a tidy profit, if not for those pesky kids. AKA, people who came to the restaurant and had cameras and email, thus spreading the foolish story everywhere, getting it back to HSBC and eventually shutting the whole promotion down.
You really can’t pull scams so patently dumb anymore, if you ever could in a small country like Sri Lanka. Huge pyramid schemes like Golden Key or Sakvithi or, say, the current stock market mafia, yes, but these Ceynor guys were really thinking too small.