The owner of a grocery store in Hanoi has claimed he cannot understand why he was easily cheated by a foreigner who came into the store and asked to exchange some bank notes, news website VnExpress reported.
A security camera captured the scenes at the store on Hoang Hoa Tham Street last Thursday afternoon. The man asks the store owner to give him a VND200,000 bill in exchange for four VND50,000 bills.
The store owner, seemingly hypnotized, first gives the man a VND200,000 note and then a bunch of notes. The man starts counting the notes, withdraws many and puts them into his pocket.
A foreign woman, who accompanied the man, is also present.
The store owner shakes hands with the man before the couple leave.
He said he realized later he had lost VND2 million (almost US$100).