Is there a term or expression for when something was implied to be free, only to then be charged for once accepted.

I have seen street vendors do this a lot. I watched as a gyro vendor complimented a young tourist. The teenager acknowledge the vendor's compliment. The vendor then offered him and his friends gyros, they were seemingly free due to the vendor being impressed. Once the gyros had been served, the vendor charged the teenager for the gyros. Looking embarrassed, he paid him.

I have always wondered if there is a term for this, even a legal one.

*caveat emptor* would be my pick.  

the old saying beware of Greeks bearing gifts doesn't quite work, even though Gyros were involved. Politeness can be confused as free. If you go into a restaurant and the owner says "Would you like a steak?" There would certainly not be the expectation of free food, unless "on the house were added". "Bait and switch" as a legal term almost works, but not quite.


This is an example of misleading / aggressive selling.

From a Which? article of 2014 by Eleanor Snow:

New consumer protection against misleading sales

Financial redress for underhand and aggressive selling

Consumers now have greater rights to financial redress if they are the victims of misleading actions or aggressive sales tactics. The new rules come into force today and have been made to the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations. The regulations make it clear that traders are not allowed to use misleading, underhand or aggressive tactics to get you to part with your cash.

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