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A curry shop vendor has warned about fake banknotes in the Phuket area after a customer tried to pass off a 500 baht note as real.
The shop owner posted a picture of the fake purple note on Facebook under the name Kawoat Mickey.
She told Thai Rath reporters that a customer in her shop had paid a 60 baht bill with the note and she had given 440 baht change.
But she soon thought something was wrong with it and asked the customer for another. They said they only had one and went off in a huff at the suggestion it was fake.
However closer inspection revealed the note was not a good copy at all – it had no watermark and was even smaller than a real one.
A bank employee customer of the curry shop confirmed that it was fake.
So the owner sent someone to find the person who gave it to her who has a shop in a mall nearby and they agree to return the money.
Meanwhile she added that another customer said that she had been given a fake 1,000 baht note as payment for a seafood meal recently prompting fears that there are many fake notes in circulation.