A Japanese buffet restaurant in Chiang Mai has posted a warning on their Facebook page following their chef’s arrest for including beer in a 499 baht buffet menu.
The restaurant, Ai ToMoE Japanese Foods, posted a brief message on their official Facebook page, yesterday, July 22nd, showing their chef, named “Boy,” entering the back of a police van.
The post claimed that police had come to the restaurant to arrest “Boy” for promoting beer on the buffer menu, and a 50,000 baht fine was imposed on the chef.
The post warned other restaurants and businesses to be careful about what they promote, saying:
“Chef Boy got arrested for promotion…I need to find a fine of half a hundred thousand baht…All restaurant friends, please be careful of all advertisement. Images of drinks or even photos of alcohol in the menu are illegal. See me as a sample case.”
The restaurant also said it was trying to find money to pay the fine so it could remain open and continue serving customers.
This is the latest case where hefty fines have been handed out to businesses or individuals who violate Section 32 of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act.
Last month, a person who runs a Facebook page received a 50,000 baht fine for posting a photo of alcohol on the social media account.
Between March and May of this year, more than 174 complaints were received by the Office of the Alcohol Control Committee (OACC) regarding the advertising and promotion of alcohol.
Despite the OACC Director, Dr. Nipon Chinanonwait, clarifying that individuals will not face prosecution for posting images of alcohol online, the law remains vague and open to interpretation.