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Price-gouging on masks: 42 arrests so far

Mar 04. 2020
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By The Nation

The Consumer Protection Division of the Royal Thai Police is watching for retailers hoarding or overcharging for protective facemasks amid the Covid-19 outbreak.

Pol Maj General Natthasak Chaowanasai, its commander, said on Wednesday (March 4) the operation is run in tandem with the Commerce Ministry’s Department of Internal Trade.

“We have arrested 42 small-scale entrepreneurs,” he said, and some admitted they bought the masks for the express purpose of turning a handsome profit.

“The Government Pharmaceutical Organisation sells synthetic-fibre masks for Bt1, but these people were selling them for Bt15, causing a lot of trouble in the process,” Natthasak said.

They division is monitoring both physical retail outlets and websites where masks are sold, he said.

“Retailers who jack up the price, sell them without showing the price or hoard them can be imprisoned for up to seven years or fined Bt140,000 or both,” he warned.

“People who see this happening can let us know at www.consumer.police.go.th or the 1135 hotline.”

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