Vietnamese durian vendor in Thailand faces 7 years in jail for tipping the scales

A sneaky Vietnamese durian vendor is dealing with a hefty fantastic and jail term for utilizing doctored weighing scales to trick clients in Thailand. The faulty scales upped the value of the stinky, priceless fruit by seventy five baht per sale.
Deputy director-general of the Department of Internal Trade Pol. Lt. Chakra Yodmanee reported that the department despatched officials to examine the scales of a foreign durian peddler within the Bang Yai district of Nonthaburi province.
The officials found that a durian weighing 4 kilogrammes showed up on the scales as weighing 4.5 kilogrammes, increasing the price by a minimal of seventy five baht, reports MGR Online.
New arrested the Vietnamese vendor beneath suspicion of, “acting in a approach to enhance the burden of the scales used to commerce and sell items past the margin of error with the intention of exploiting customers,” in violation of Section 26, Section 25, and Section seventy nine of the Weights and Scales Act (1999).
The most penalty for the charge is no extra than seven years in jail, a fine of no extra than 280,000 baht, or each.
In whole, 585 folks have been arrested under suspicion of violating the Weights and Scales Act since its implementation in Thailand in 1999, based on the Director of the Weights and Measures Division Chatri Areewong.
Last year, 14 people had been arrested for tipping the scales, seven of whom had been foreigners. The Vietnamese durian vendor in Nonthaburi is the first person arrested underneath the charge this 12 months.
Director Chatri said…
“This vendor took advantage of customers. The division can’t settle for it as a outcome of there may be excessive demand for the fruit out there. Durian sells for a hundred and fifty baht per kilogramme. When thinking about the damage, it’s a loss of seventy five baht. It doesn’t seem like lots, but if you do it many times, every single day, the harm will accumulate.”
The crime additionally violated Section 270 of Thailand’s Criminal Code relating to “Modified Measuring Equipment…”
“Whoever, with intent to take benefit in commerce, uses or has in possession for use of any instrument for weighing, any weight, or any measure which is totally different from the normal commonplace; or has such instrument in his or her possession for selling purpose shall be liable to imprisonment for not exceeding three years or a fantastic of not exceeding 6 thousand baht or both.”

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