Officials probed over B12,000 orange juice 'fine'
Five tax officials are being investigated for allegedly demanding payment of a 12,000-baht "fine" from a shop owner who filled a large order for fresh orange juice.
The five excise officials have been transferred to another office pending an investigation, Thai media reported on Thursday.
The move followed a post by a Facebook user that she had been delighted to get an order for 500 bottles of fresh orange juice from her shop on Monday.
She worked hard to make enough orange juice to meet such a large order, only to find out the following day that she had been set up.
The so-called buyer and the excise officials who showed up at her shop were the same people.
The officials first ate a meal at the shop, then looked for the ordered 500 bottles of orange juice. Then they demanded she pay a 12,000-baht fine for the unlicensed production of orange juice, she wrote.
Excise officials advised the vendor to properly register her operation and pay the tax.
The officials deny demanding the fine.
- delighted: very happy or satisfied about something - ยินดีมาก,สุขใจ
- excise: dealing with taxes made by a government on some types of goods produced and used within their own country - ภาษีสำหรับสินค้าในประเทศ
- fine: an amount of money that you have to pay because you have broken the law - ค่าปรับ
- investigation: the process of trying to find out all the details or facts about something in order to discover who or what caused it or how it happened - การสอบสวน, การตรวจสอบหาข้อเท็จจริง
- officials: people who have the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
- set up: to arrange a situation so that someone is blamed for doing something, especially something illegal - ใส่ร้าย หาความร้ายป้ายผู้อื่นให้ได้รับความเสียหาย
- unlicensed: not having a license or the correct papers to do something - ไม่ได้ตีทะเบียน, นอกกฎหมาย
- vendor: someone who sells something, but often not in a shop - พ่อค้าแม่ค้าแผงลอย