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The two Thai women at the center of claims they scammed a Swedish tourist over a manicure, pedicure and massage have had their license to operate removed by the authorities in Samui.
It was reported yesterday that the Swedish tourist called Nico, 52, went to the police to complain after he was ripped off to the tune of 3,500 baht for the 30 minute service.
Another tourist named only as Daniel R. wrote to the Samui Times to complain about a similar case where he and his wife were charged 3,250 baht. His letter was published yesterday.
Also yesterday the women – named only as A and B – were adamant that they were doing an honest job. They told police they always display their prices and have been doing their jobs without incident for ten years.
“A” said she was honest. They said the Swedish tourist was happy with their service even tipping them generously. She did the massage while B cut the nails of the tourist on hands and feet. There was no argument, they claimed, he even said smiling that he would bring his wife next time.
But the local authority didn’t agree clearly believing them to be scammers.
After a meeting deputy chief Sunthorn Phupaiboon said that their licenses had been taken away from them.
He asked all operators offering services on the beach at Lamai and elsewhere to be fair and trustworthy and not take advantage of tourists.
A and B, when informed of this turn of events, apparently went pale and were outraged calling for justice, reported Daily News.