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Lautoka businessman punches officer for $1000 fine

A Fiji Commerce Commission (FCC) officer was assaulted after issuing a spot fine to a Lautoka restaurant for failing to properly display prices on goods. Asha’s Restaurant and Milk Bar company director, Vicky Vikash Kumar, allegedly followed officers out of his restaurant and then punched one of the FCC officers in the Fiji Commerce Commission car park. […]

Calvin Prasad

March 7, 2016 9:11 pm

A Fiji Commerce Commission (FCC) officer was assaulted after issuing a spot fine to a Lautoka restaurant for failing to properly display prices on goods.

Asha’s Restaurant and Milk Bar company director, Vicky Vikash Kumar, allegedly followed officers out of his restaurant and then punched one of the FCC officers in the Fiji Commerce Commission car park. The incident is currently with Police for further investigation.

A government statement said the FCC officer was assaulted after issuing a spot fine of $1,000 to Asha’s Restaurant and Milk Bar for failing to display properly prices on tin fish, tea leaves, flour, noodles and breakfast crackers.

FCC officers had found the trader to have violated the Commerce Commission Decree 2010 by engaging in price gouging, failing to mark/display prices and failing to issue receipts. As a result, the merchant was issued a spot fine of $2,000.

FCC officers returned to Asha’s Restaurant and Milk Bar today after continued reports that prices were not being properly marked and displayed. FCC officers again found the trader to be in violation of the Commerce Commission Decree and another $1,000 penalty was imposed.

This incident caught the attention of Attorney-General and Minister for Finance Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, who issued a stern warning to businesses not to interfere with the FCC’s work.

This alleged behavior is shameful and will not be tolerated. Any person who seeks to hinder, obstruct or otherwise interfere with the FCC’s critical work of protecting Fijian customers will be punished to the full extent of the law.

The FCC will continue responding to reports of unethical practices and rooting out traders who seek to exploit our consumers.

We urge all Fijians to continue reporting any abuses they encounter,

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