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Governor warns Veg Fest vendors against hoarding, price gouging

Governor warns Veg Fest vendors against hoarding, price gouging

PHUKET: Phuket Governor has warned all vendors selling food and other goods as part of the Vegetarian Festival to not engage in any hoarding of produce or products to artificially inflate prices or to overcharge customers for any goods.

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By The Phuket News

Friday 8 October 2021, 02:50PM


Governor Narong warned vendors caught overcharging customers during the Vegetarian festival could face legal action. Photo: Radio Thailand Phuket

Governor Narong warned vendors caught overcharging customers during the Vegetarian festival could face legal action. Photo: Radio Thailand Phuket

The warning came during an official press conference held yesterday (Oct 7).

“The Phuket Vegetarian Festival is held each year to uphold the traditions of Phuket people’s forefathers. Therefore, Phuket Province [the provincial government] has issued an announcement alerting operators to not hoard goods or take advantage of the opportunity to raise prices for goods and services,” Governor Narong said.

“Labels clearly showing the prices of goods and services must be used to be fair to customers purchasing goods and services and to prevent traders from seizing the opportunity to raise the prices of products without any reasonable cause, causing consumers to suffer throughout the festival,” he added.

Officers from the Phuket Provincial Commercial Office are now inspecting stalls set up near participating shrines across the island, Governor Narong continued.

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Any vendors found not clearly showing prices or overcharging customers could be found in breach of Sections 29, 30 and 41 of the Price of Goods and Services Act 1999, which may incur a penalty of a fine of up to B100,000 or up to seven years in prison, or both, he warned.

Complaints can be submitted by calling the Phuket Provincial Commercial Office at 076-219586 or the Ministry of Commerce hotline 1569, Governor Narogn said.

Alternatively, people can inform the Phuket Damrongdhama Center (Phuket Provincial Ombudsman’s Office) at 076-213203 or on their hotline 1567, he added.

The warning follows officials confirming that vendors had started charging higher prices for dishes served as part of the Vegetarian Festival after the disastrous floods affecting 29 provinces up north resulted in the prices of fresh produce on the island spiral upwards.

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Kurt | 09 October 2021 - 10:16:04

@Nasa12, you hit the nail on the head. But don't expect this governor to touch Lottery ticketing, corrupt RTP, Tuktuk/Van/taxi fares. That are all powerful influential institutions. To much for this Governor who sits his time out on Phuket. Lottery pricing control is a RTP matter. We can be sure it is in their good upholding hands and pockets.

JohnC | 09 October 2021 - 09:14:52

So now kurt thinks he is an expert on vegetarian food now too. You are amazing. Is there anything you don't think you are an expert at?

Nasa12 | 09 October 2021 - 05:04:28

Well Governor Narong, if people want to pay more let them pay. It’s a free marked or ? What you should take care of it’s all this scam from lottery sellers and corrupt police, tuktuk ++ on this scammers island. Never heard you talking about this scammer’s. 

Kurt | 08 October 2021 - 16:32:24

Great fine and prison time promises, as usual. Hehehe. If the visitors not stupid and able to think, they just laugh at vendors charging high prices, and not buy anything from them. Anyway, most food products sold in streets during this festival are of very inferior quality, as vendors are not vegetarian food professionals at all. It's just cheap stuff for high prices.

 

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