Authorities in the southern beach town of Vung Tau are investigating claims that a local restaurant charged its customers VND22 million (US$1,000) for a meal, ten times the actual price.
Nguyen Nhu Khanh, the owner of Hao Long Son Restaurant, claimed that he made a “mistake” when he swiped a Japanese customer’s charged VND22 million to a customer's credit card instead of VND2.2 million, Nguoi Lao Dong (Laborer) newspaper reported on Tuesday.
The foreigner, whose name was not revealed, shared the dinner with Le Thi Hong Thanh on January 19.
Thanh discovered the incorrect total after checking the bill on their way back to a hotel.
She and the Japanese national then returned to the restaurant to find it closed.
The next morning they informed Khanh of the mistake, and the owner withdrew the money from his bank account, according to the news report.
Hao Long Son Restaurant in the southern beach town of Vung Tau allegedly charged a customer roughly US$1,000 for a dinner, 10 times higher than the actual price. Photo credit: Nguoi Lao Dong
However, when customers came to the restaurant to collect the money, they were told that Khanh was not available; he did not return the money to them until a week later.
Truong Thi Huong, vice chairwoman of Vung Tau’s People’s Committee, was quoted as saying that if Khanh's mistake is discovered to have been deliberate, he will have his license revoked.
The restaurant was formerly known as Huong Viet, and was fined VND12.5 million ($570) for ripping off
a group of Japanese and Vietnamese tourists in 2013, the newspaper reported, adding that it opened under a new name on January 12.