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Offline thaiga

Ha! Ha! i hear Chinese are the new Farangs now and Westerners are just cheap charlies. Shame shame shame, seen on tv as well that'll go down good, unlike the well ott price meal. one thing is the gov. charging dual prices but food stalls nah.  An article on coconuts.co says: Yesterday, the Ministry of Commerce responded that it would investigate the matter. If the vendor is found guilty of overcharging customers, she would face up to seven years in prison and/or up to a fine of THB100,000.

ทุบโต๊ะข่าว:แม่ค้าขายข้าวกะเพรา150โต้ไม่แพง!ยันมี2ราคาถ้าบอกคนไทยลดให้ ไม่ควรประจานออกสื่อ 16/01/61


Dual pricing: What happened when a Thai was charged the ‘farang price’

A viral Facebook post from a Thai woman who paid THB150 ($US4.7) for street food became the talk of town when the vendor admitted she overcharged the woman because the waiter mistook her for a Chinese tourist.

On Monday, Suthaporn Lee said she had a dish of pad kaprow moo grob (stir-fried pork belly with holy basil) at a pop-up stall at Neon Market, but she was charged THB150 for a dish that typically costs THB35-50 (about US$1 – 1.50) on the Bangkok streets.

The Neon Market is in Pratunam, an area popular among Chinese tourists.

Suthaporn said, “I looked at the bill and asked the waiter, ‘Is this really a Thai price? He said yes.’”

“There are pictures of the food [shown to customers], but I don’t see the prices.”

But when reporters from Amarin TV went to the market yesterday and inquired answers from the stall’s owner, she simply clarified that THB150 is a farang price, and overcharging the Thai woman was a mistake.

Vendor Manee Maitree said that her waiter simply wrote down the price wrong because Suthaporn “looked Chinese.”

Since Suthaporn is Thai, she should have paid THB80 (US$2.5). Manee explained that she typically charged Chinese tourists and farangs THB120 – 150 (US$3.7 – 4.7).

“I told her I’d give her discount. She refused, saying she already posted about this on Facebook,” Manee said.

“You know how expensive the rent is here. I don’t wanna talk about it,” she said.

Manee added that her stall doesn’t have a Thai price menu, but they would always tell customers there’s a Thai price available.

When Thai customers walked in that day, they really did unlock the hidden numbers.

“She told me that there’s a Thai price, and the numbers on the menu are farang prices,” Worapan Khunthongchan, a Thai customer, told the TV station.

“A noodle dish costs THB80 [on the menu.] It’s THB60 for Thais,” her friend added.

The story drew heavy criticism from Thai netizens, many of whom argued that,Thai or not, all customers should pay the same price.

“I don’t understand. Who started this? Take advantage of them? Foreigners pay one price. Thais pay another price. We’re their hosts. We should impress them so they can tell their friends about the good experience in Thailand. The government should look into this,” user Boy Neverdies said.

“We promote tourism, but we let people overcharge tourists,” another user wrote.

A female user chimed in with a valid point: “Foreigners are people too.”

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Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.
 
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Offline nan

Re: What happened when a Thai was charged the ‘farang price’
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2018, 01:04:15 PM »
what nonsense and how silly it sounds / tomorrows news / vendor gets seven years for overcharging for meal :spin

ignorance does not help your post one bit but it probably says an awful lot about you.
 

Offline thaiga

Re: What happened when a Thai was charged the ‘farang price’
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2018, 02:06:01 PM »
great at cooking our new maid - i eat at home most of the time ;)

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.
 
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Offline thaiga

Re: What happened when a Thai was charged the ‘farang price’
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2018, 09:05:40 PM »
If there’s one thing in Thailand that regularly has expats up in arms, it’s dual pricing.

to sum it up, in a nutshell after reading some articles, people are charged based on their appearance, whether their thai or not.
do they make their judgements about pricing based on stereotypes and racial profiling, who knows, there is no reasoning with some as they still simply see a foreigner so they must pay the foreigner rate.

sometimes a thai driving license along with a smile works, more so a work permit, speaking Thai is the most likely way to get them to give you the local price. pay the price and be done with it, is sometimes better than making your family look like they have a cheap charlie partner, which is so important here, as in loss of face, dual pricing i'm sure is not intended to insult you, just the way it is here, on assumptions that all foreigners are rich. logically thinking if you've come from the other side of the world, you most likely are richer than most. no good shouting at the person in the booth, as they are only doing what they are told. you wouldn't want them to lose their job would you.

But alas when you see the charges of attractions in the UK it don't seem so bad
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.
 

 



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