Vung Tau restaurant faces fine for ripping off tourists

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Huong Viet Restaurant in the resort town of Vung Tau, which could be fined US$595 for cheating a group of tourists
PHOTO COURTESY OF TUOI TRE

Authorities in the southern coastal town of Vung Tau are considering fining a local restaurant after some tourists reported it for cheating them, Tuoi Tre newspaper has reported.

It quoted Vo Quy Khanh, deputy chief of Vung Tau's Department of Culture, Information and Sports, as saying his office has recommended that the town People's Committee fine Huong Viet Restaurant VND12.5 million ($595).

It is for its owner Nguyen Nhu Khanh's failure to issue checks to customers, he said.

On March 23 four Japanese and three Vietnamese tourists had lunch at the restaurant situated at 94 Hoang Hoa Tham Street.

Their check came to VND16.6 million ($790) for 6.1 kilograms of small lobsters, 3.5 kilograms of crabs, 1.5 kilograms of squid, and other dishes.

Suspecting they were cheated, the tourists told the staff at Vungtau Intourco Resort, where they were staying, and Petro Taxi Company.

The resort and taxi company representatives then spoke with Khanh, who returned VND4.8 million to the tourists.

But one of the tourists then reported to local agencies, who raided the restaurant.

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