Person arrested for overcharging for face masks in Chiang Mai

An unnamed person was arrested by Mae Ping Police yesterday March 4 for the crime of overcharging for face masks.

Details of the arrest are somewhat vague – for example, it’s not even clear if the person arrested is male or female be it that a pixelated woman appears in official pictures, but it is said to have occurred following “complaints” from members of the public. The location of the illicit face mask sales was also not disclosed with authorities only saying that it occurred in Mueang Chiang Mai.

How much the masks were being sold also wasn’t disclosed with police saying that the masks were being sold at an “unreasonably expensive” rate.

Price controls on the sale of face masks were implemented nationally by the Thai Government Feb. 5.

The unnamed face mask seller has been charged with distribution of controlled products (mask) at an unreasonably high price in breach of the Price of Goods and Services Act B.E. 2542, Article 29 and not showing the retail price of goods, a breach of the Price of Goods and Services Act Section 28.

The first charge has a penalty of up to 140,000 baht and/or up to seven years in prison. The second charge is a fine of up to 10,000 baht.

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Posted by สำนักงานพาณิชย์ จังหวัดเชียงใหม่ on Wednesday, March 4, 2020

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