Date
22 January 2017
Officers escort the manager of D2 jewelry shop (inset) after a mainland tourist complained that she was forced to buy in the store. Photos: Google Map, Apple Daily
Officers escort the manager of D2 jewelry shop (inset) after a mainland tourist complained that she was forced to buy in the store. Photos: Google Map, Apple Daily

Jewelry shop manager held over forced shopping

A jewelry store manager has been arrested after a mainland tourist claimed she was forced to buy in her shop.

The 59-year-old manager of D2 jewelry shop in Hung Hom was detained by customs officers for alleged violation of the Trade Descriptions Ordinance which prohibits aggressive commercial practices, according to Apple Daily.

Offenders face five years in jail and a HK$500,000 fine.

The complainant, who was part of a tour group, said she was forced to buy a HK$2,000 (US$258) necklace after being threatened by a sales clerk. 

The incident happened in early October but the arrest was made on Thursday, just weeks after a mainland tourist died from injuries in a beating outside the same store.

Both incidents involved Tian Ma International (Hong Kong) Travel Ltd., the tour operator. 

Hui Wai-ming, group head of the unfair trade practice investigation of the Customs and Excise Department, said more arrests may be made.

Similar cases involving mainland tourists have been dropped because they refused to testify in court.

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