Date
30 May 2017
Customs officers take evidence (inset) from the drugstore in Mong Kok. Photos: YouTube, Ming Pao
Customs officers take evidence (inset) from the drugstore in Mong Kok. Photos: YouTube, Ming Pao

HK pharmacy charges tourist HK$50,000 for 2 bottles of mint cure

A mainland tourist was shocked to find her credit card had been charged HK$50,000 for two bottles of Ricqlès, a French “peppermint cure”, she bought from a drugstore in Mong Kok, Ming Pao Daily reported Monday.

The woman immediately reported the case to police and got a refund for the extra money she had unwittingly paid.

The staff in the drugstore had told her the two bottles of Ricqlès, an alcohol extract of mint used by some for digestive and other ailments, cost HK$60.

Customs officers continue to investigate the case because of its seriousness.

The drugstore staff are suspected of violating the Trade Descriptions Ordinance.

The customs officers took three men and a batch of evidence, includng bottles of Ricqlès and related receipts from the drugstore, located at 60 Sai Yeung Choi Street South, after a preliminary investigation.

The tourist’s receipt showed that each bottle of Ricqlès cost HK$25,000, though in very bad handwriting.

She said the numbers were too small for her to read, and didn’t notice the amount during the transaction Sunday.

The woman had comparison-shopped in Mong Kok and found that the product was cheapest at that drugstore.

She had wanted to pay cash, but the staff said she could use her China UnionPay card, which is what she did.

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