Seafood price controversy rumbles on as trader blasts authorities for picking on them
A street restaurant owner has given the Hua Hin authorities a foul mouthed rant complaining they are being picked on for selling overpriced seafood.
Talk News Online said that the controversy started by an award winning writer was an ongoing drama.
SEA Write award winner Somchai Liawwarin complained on his personal Facebook page two months ago after he was charged 6,000 baht for a meal in the Torung night market in Hua Hin.
He said he was ripped off with prawns going for 1,000 baht each - the price was not written on the menu. It would normally be 2,000 baht, he had said.
The case sparked a backlash against traders by the local authorities. Prajuab Khirikhan commerce representative Prasopchai Phoonkert said that measures had been taken to rein in the traders and make them display prices but it was tough to stop all malpractice.
Though in his view charging top level seafood prices like those in Grade A hotel restaurants was not right at a street market. Asking 1,000 baht for a BBQ prawn was over the top, he said.
Meanwhile one of the traders known in the Thai community as "Ee Jiap" went online to blast the authorities.
In an expletive laden rant she said it was ridiculous that the stall owners were being singled out.
What about the lottery vendors who sell overpriced tickets and the rogue taxi drivers, she yelled.
"We can't even go outside our doors before some official, cop or army guy with reporters in tow comes crashing down on our heads," she said before her parting shot:
"We're not selling f**ing grass...sir".
Source: Talk News
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