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Dual pricing: What happened when a Thai was charged the ‘tourist price

A viral Facebook post from a Thai woman who paid THB150 ($US4.7) for street food became the talk of town when the vendor admitted she overcharged the woman because the waiter mistook her for a Chinese tourist.

Suthaporn Lee said she had a dish of pad kaprow moo grob (stir-fried pork belly with holy basil) at a pop-up stall at Neon Market, but she was charged THB150 for a dish that typically costs THB35-50 (about US$1 – 1.50) on the Bangkok streets.

The Neon Market is in Pratunam, an area popular among Chinese tourists.

Screengrab: Amarin TV
Screengrab: Amarin TV

Suthaporn said, “I looked at the bill and asked the waiter, ‘Is this really a Thai price? He said yes.’”

“There are pictures of the food [shown to customers], but I don’t see the prices.”

Screengrab: Amarin TV

But when reporters from Amarin TV went to the market yesterday and inquired answers from the stall’s owner, she simply clarified that THB150 is a farang price, and overcharging the Thai woman was a mistake.

Vendor Manee Maitree said that her waiter simply wrote down the price wrong because Suthaporn “looked Chinese.”

Screengrab: Amarin TV

Since Suthaporn is Thai, she should have paid THB80 (US$2.5). Manee explained that she typically charged Chinese tourists and farangs THB120 – 150 (US$3.7 – 4.7).

“I told her I’d give her discount. She refused, saying she already posted about this on Facebook,” Manee said.