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Thai/Indian honesty: Brit tourist gets 255,000 baht back from overpaid curry bill


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4 hours ago, bluesofa said:

That's around 6,000 UKP.

He must have a very good credit limit for that amount to be approved? Or more than likely, am I completely out of touch with the UK cost of living?

 

Most of my cards have higher limits. So perhaps you are. £6k is relatively low. I had someone try to buy a car in Australia on one of my credit cards(when I was in London) more than fifteen years ago.

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Amazing... the bill had clearly printed  *** NO REFUND ***

Amazing... the photo shows the indian with a bundle of cash in his hand. (whitewashing?)

Amazing... I see two bills, one for 255,000.12  and other 2,857.00 and not just one for 257,857.12

 

I need open the windows, something is smelling..

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"A ceremony was held with police to celebrate the honesty of all concerned."

 

So a freebie meal and booze up at the restaurant for "all concerned" -  the Police, Tourist Police, and Immigration staff etc.

 

I wonder who footed the bill for that one - it would have been nice if the British tourists had paid the bill in appreciation for their "hosts" honesty!

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1 hour ago, roo860 said:

How were they able to withdraw that amount?

 

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I have no idea.ive purchased a scooter over £1,500 here with no problems.it was withdrawn through a bogus dance company in the US but it would of been my using the card in thailand that maybe sold my details on.

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In my younger days, we would have all got away without paying anything. I can't see why the charge was simply not reversed. I am sure now he is really happy. His card jacked up and a bunch of Thai Baht in cash to deal with. 

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6 hours ago, Lucius verus said:

Its just a simple case of credit card error .Obviously the restaurant isn't going to process a bill for quarter of a million baht. 

No big deal. Contact the card holder and adjust the bill.

Why do the Thai cops have to turn it into a three ring  circus?

All that's missing in the photo op is a good Samaritan taxi driver who found 200,000 b in the  cab left by the Indian who was out looking for the farang.

Unless you go to Chaing Mai for a night out with food & drinks.. that's about the going rate !

They will try to take your hard earned lolly!

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4 hours ago, happy chappie said:

Nothing like my story.i once landed back in the uk and the very next day while going through my mail/bills I found someone had used my card details and withdrew £2499.99.i was straight on the phone to the company and they said my details were used in a fraud.i was told not to worry and was reimbursed within a couple of days.i was actually on my long haul flight to London when the transaction took place.

Similar story - my card was "skimmed" and I was reimbursed straight away, but it was the credit card company who contacted me to say that there had been some "unusual" activity on my account, and went through the last few transactions with me.

 

I was reimbursed straight away, and I was 99% sure of where the skimming had taken place. I gave them the details, but I never heard any follow up as to whether any charges had been made concerning the matter. The other downside was that they had to cancel my original card and issue me with a new one, so I had to pay for the expense of getting it couriered out to Thailand, as they wouldn't post it, and I wasn't prepared to trust the postal system either!

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18 minutes ago, Benroon said:

He input it incorrectly HIMSELF - read the <deleted> story !

Doesn't it just make you want to spit when people do that (or in fact DON'T do that!)

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2 minutes ago, Pattaya28 said:

This nonsense is hardly a publicity stunt.

Who will be going there based on the Indian Restaurants' honesty ??

"Hey let's go to this Restaurant, they are honest" !!!  :cheesy:

Probably the "honest" taxi drivers that return vast sums of cash left by passengers :cheesy:

You cannot make this stuff up.

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Im at a loss as to a credit card being honoured for that amount, unless he was a multi millionaire (and not a thai one) with a high pay level acceptance, that the bank proceeded, especially in a foreign country, all banks have limits on credit cards, for this amount it should have been rejected, i think they should stick to the thai taxi driver good honest type of story, at least we know thats all bulls++t, maybe the new way to go is the overpaid honest restaurant owner.

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1 hour ago, losworld said:

How could this not be noticed at processing time?  Anyone attempting to fully process this with the credit card company would likely be subject to removal.  Not a valor act just a good business decision with some free publicity attached.

How could this not be noticed at processing time? 

 

The party of tourists left and the manageress Aporn, 32, only noticed the error when she was doing the takings at closing time.

 

So the mistake was noticed when the takings for the night were being processed!

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1 hour ago, wombat said:

"he took off on his Vespa to try and find the tourists"

priceless.

The restaurant must be doing well - a Vespa costs a small fortune here - maybe Scoopi ? 

 

I hope they enjoyed their dinner.

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2 hours ago, roo860 said:

How were they able to withdraw that amount?

 

Sent from my SM-G920F using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app

 

 

 

Depends on what your daily limit is set at.

You can set the level as you require. 

 

I know that if i put a transaction through for a significant amount I get a prompt and response is required to verify it. 

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Good to see honest people and the restaurant manager surely deserves some good publicity. Well done.

 

I always use cash when abroad with full awareness of the risks in bulging it around.

 

But definately rather cash,  then to feed the greedy credit card mafia in my homeland in Europe, who ripoff with their exchange rate and foreign transaction commission on each use. It also avoids any skimming or other scams.

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   Where is this Mr Simon and a party of 10 so 11 people having an Indian nosh up and the real

bill was 2857 Baht that's only 257/head certainly beats Indian restaurant prices in Pattaya.

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4 hours ago, connda said:

But he paid the equivalent to over 6000 British Pounds - and didn't blink?  Didn't notice?  Didn't question?
 

Too drunk.

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Why not just credit the overcharged quarter of a million Baht?

Wondering what the cashier thought when punching in the numbers. How can you apologize for such a booboo - how does one explain that? 

In addition, there is good reason to get an SMS alert for debits above THB 1'000 and unusual high debits (like, say THB 20K or 50K) should be verified by the CC-company over the phone with the card holder prior to approval coding.

Works perfectly fine with Citibank here in Thailand. But when in India then do as the Indians ........... 

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5 hours ago, hansnl said:

Maybe this is all valid for you.

Definitely not for me.

But I presume you are a member of the "away with me" crowd.

How sad.

No, he was just pointing out the facts

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I'm not sure this is proper honesty. If he had done nothing he would have been guilty of defrauding the customer but his quick actions meant such accusations would be dismissed.

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9 hours ago, from the home of CC said:

 

Lots of people complain on these expat sites because it makes them feel that they matter still. Many have failed miserably in relationships or finances in their own country and somehow they feel that gives them the right to put down everything that doesn't fit with their ideal of how it should be here. Quite pathetic actually. 

Without judging people I have to agree. The inane, brainless comments on a large number of topics is truly breathtaking.  It may be an attempt at humour but often spills over into ridicule or abuse. As you say, quite pathetic.

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Don't see anything special. The card owner will eventually find out and the cash will be claimed back via card issuing bank. Such things happen often in the west. If the Indian keep silent he will have big problem later on.

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