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Fruit vendor arrested for cheating a customer by selling adulterated durian jam

A fruit vendor in Chanthaburi is facing a maximum 5-year jailterm and a fine of up to 10,000 baht after she was arrested on charge of selling adulterated durian jam to a tourist.

dodgy jamThe suspect, 42-year old Ms Kalyarat Rampoengpuak, was arrested on Sunday after a police officer of Nayai-arm district police station, posed as a customer to buy a pack of durian jam from her at 100 baht. When the durian jam was sliced open, it was discovered that the jam inside was outdated which was different from the Mon Thong durian jam which was put on display.

Ms Klayarat’s arrest followed the complaint accompanied by a video clip posted in the social media by a tourist who claimed to have bought several packs of Mon Thong durian jam from her at 100 baht each. However, it was discovered later on that the packs were stuffed with outdated durian jam which is of lower quality.

The clip went viral in the social media prompting Chanthaburi governor Somsak Parisuttho Hemthanot to call a meeting on Monday with the provincial police, commerce and agriculture officials to discuss the problem.

It was agreed at the meeting that all about 240 fruit vendors in Chanthaburi would be summoned for a meeting at the provincial hall in order to be reminded of the need to practice fair trading and to refrain from cheating their customers by selling substandard fruits or preserved fruits especially durians to tourists.

Thai PBS



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