4) If you fly to Channia on Crete, your plane lands like 20km outside of the city. Just in time there is a bus that brings you into the city, a normal landline bus. If you enter the bus they don't sell you a ticket. Trying to convince you that the bus is 'special' and you need to take a taxi/cab. Usually there is a luggage compartment below the bus, with your luggage. While you are arguing with the ticket seller, someone will throw out your luggage onto the road. No chance. When you get out to collect it, the bus departs and you have to take a cab. Second time I knew the drill. Took my luggage inside, was anyway only a small and a big rucksack. The ticket seller tried to throw me out by force! 'Unfortunately' a greek living in my hometown who was in the same plane told him, he knew me. So suddenly the ticket seller sold me a ticket for like 20cents our day money. On the other hand, it had not looked good if a 25 year old tourist punches a 60 year old ticket seller into the face.
That reminds me a story when I was traveling from Amsterdam to Hamburg (another example of rich Greeks who travel, right?) and the ticket inspector would refuse to accept my ticket which I had bought at a travel agent instead of the train station. Of course my ticket was valid and when the inspector called the offices (muttering some German words about Greeks) he then realized he was wrong and yet he didn't apologize. Perhaps our inability to communicate in English was the reason. But in your case, the problem is that the ticket seller actually gave you a ticket, instead of calling the authorities. Why ? Because you were not allowed to to carry a big rucksack in a "normal landline" bus.You are only allowed to bring luggage that you can carry by hand. This is an important regulation to allow passengers to safely travel by bus. But I guess the threat of a 25 year old tourist punching a 60 year old person is too much to handle.
After or during my basket ball tournament my team, like 12 people plus trainer plus some relatives of our greek team mate where for a long long long night dinner. We ate like maniacs for 4 or 5 hours and drank wine for minimum 2 more hours. Needless to say: the dishes where excellent, we could not really stop. Usually we just ordered like '3 of those and 4 of that and 5 this' and simply shared it and took something different the next order. Trust me, the end bill was less than $20, perhaps only $15 for each of us. We drank ca. 6 hours the most expensive wine of the house. (Makes no difference for a 'fucking rich german' if a liter of wine costs 75cents or 110cents
The point is that you are clearly confused. The most expensive wine in the house, even in the lowliest Greek tavern should cost $100 a bottle at least. If you stayed 6 hours, drank wine for 2 hours and had "excellent dishes" and you've paid $20 each, then 1) You've robbed the tavern or 2) You didn't realize that you had actually ordered the cheapest wine. Even so, you've still robbed the tavern.
two years ago we where sailing around the Cyclades. A german boat and two chartered greek boats. The german captain attempted a joke. "We have a problem!" - "What is it? Do you need assistance?" - "No, it can't be helped!" - "What is it?"
Indeed, spare the details. This is painful to read. Your stupid captain made a stupid joke, you mobilized the coast guard ("On a Sunday!") and they taught you a lesson. Did you learn it ? Did you realize that you can't make such "jokes" ? I pity you because you seem to have come to Greece so many times and yet you think Greeks are "cheaters/tricksters/fraudsters" etc. Did you realize there is a possibility that you are just another silly tourist ?