‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’ is a universally known saying but these Malaysian fruit sellers are apparently judging you based on your car!
It’s no secret that Malaysians love their durian, especially the Musang King. Some love this thorny, smelly fruit so much that they would resort to getting the durian delivered right to their doorsteps during MCO lockdowns despite the extra delivery fee.
Due its popularity, some sellers hatched the deviant plan to start increasing prices based on what car the customer drives. So, if you’re planning on buying some durian, make sure to leave your Lamborghini in the garage…
According to the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP), customers are being swindled and charged up to twice or thrice the regular price, if they were to pull-up in an expensive car. The way they manage to convince customers into paying exorbitant amounts is by using rigged weighing scales or not displaying the prices at the stall.
To ensure this issue doesn’t persist and that us Malaysians can enjoy durian without being scammed to kingdom come, KPDNHEP is running inspections all across stalls in Kuantan, Jerantut, Bentong, Lipis, Raub and Temerloh.
For failure to display the price, a fine of RM1,000 will be imposed on the premises owner. As for individual sellers who use rigged weighing scales, they will face a fine of RM1,000, and if it is a company that does this – a fine of RM2,000 will be imposed.
So far, one seller has been caught scamming their customers and has since been slapped with a RM4,000 fine.
This just goes to show that sometimes driving a beat-up secondhand car can get you further in life (and cheaper durian deals)….
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