Why did the Chinese restaurant owner not want me to go?
This is a story about the Chinese owner of a popular chinese restaurants in Melbourne’s inner west, who has been charged with fraud after allegedly misrepresenting the cost of his restaurant to his customers.
The accused, who cannot be named for legal reasons, allegedly made up claims that his restaurant, which has been in the news before, cost more than it actually did to provide its services, with one of his customers saying the restaurant was “not worth the money” to him.
The alleged scheme was discovered when the customer contacted Melbourne police.
“He would tell you the price of his meal,” Detective Sergeant David Hill said.
“The prices were misleading because the meal was only for three people.”
And when you got to the table, he’d say ‘you can go up to the next table’.
“Detective Sergeant Hill said the customer had made two claims to the Chinese Restaurant Owners Association, which was aware of the alleged scheme.”
These claims were substantiated by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission,” he said.
He said the owner of the restaurant, identified only as “Z”, was arrested on Saturday after police received a tip from a concerned business owner.
Detective Hill said he had spoken to Z, and he denied all allegations.”
We know it’s not true and we don’t want to make this up,” he told AAP.”
But it’s a very serious matter.
“Mr Hill said Z had also denied making any false or misleading statements to customers, and it was possible the allegations could be investigated by police.
He also said it was unlikely the restaurant owner would face criminal charges.”
It’s just a matter of time until the investigation proceeds to a criminal charge,” he added.”
There’s a lot of people involved in this.
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