Tourists pay 8,840 baht for a meal
published : 17 May 2015 at 18:09
writer: Online Reporters
A photo of a receipt from a Thai restaurant posted on social media has quickly gone viral as the charge of 8,840 baht appeared excessively high, including 17% value-added tax and a "mandatory" 800-baht tip.
A Chinese tourist who on Saturday shared the photo on social media wrote that a taxi driver suggested that she and her friends try a seafood restaurant on Ayutthaya Road in Ratchathewi district, Bangkok.
"The driver was chatty and looked honest, so my three friends and I decided to check out the restaurant.
"We ordered one crab (1,600 baht), four tiger prawns (1,750 baht), a snapper (1,800 baht), a dish of stir fried octopus mixed with salted egg (960 baht), a dish of morning glory, one bowl of rice (150 baht) and one pot of tea (300 baht)," the Chinese tourist wrote.
The total charge written on the receipt was put at 8,039 baht, including the 17% VAT. An 800-baht "tip" was then added to the bill. In total, the tourists had to pay 8,840 baht.
The tourist said she and her friends were "feeling angry" about it.
Most Thai social media members criticised the restaurant for taking advantage of foreign tourists and wanted relevant agencies to take a serious stand on the issue.