As protesters take to the street against China in Vietnam, Chinese tourists sure aren’t making things any easier for the Vietnamese government. Earlier this month, a banana vendor in Da Nang was abused by some Chinese customers, the shameful incident was caught on camera.
The video, pictures and details of the story were all posted online by Nguyen Duy Khoai, a musician based in Da Nang, to his Facebook account. The story spread online and many Vietnamese netizens were livid about the incident.
Tuoi Tre News reports that the unruly Chinese tourists approached the roadside vendor, but instead of asking politely, they simply grabbed some bananas, ate them and rudely threw the peels back into the vendor’s bamboo basket.
Subsequently, the fruit seller asked the tourists to pay 40,000 VND (12 RMB) for the bananas. The tourists then attempted to pay in Chinese currency, which the Da Nang Department of Industry and Trade deemed to be illegal. After being refused, they pulled out their Vietnamese currency and tried to haggle the price down to 35,000 VND (making a 1.5 RMB difference) for the already eaten bananas.
Finally, the vendor caved and made the price cheaper, hoping the Chinese tourists would finally leave her alone. But, before leaving, the tourists stole the woman’s hat and another banana from her basket.
Watch the clash below:
Following the incident, the Vietnamese government announced it would take stricter action against unruly Chinese tourists in Vietnam. “[We have noticed that] some tourists behave badly, like talking loudly in public,” said Ngo Quang Vinh, head of the city’s Tourism Department, according to VnExpress.
“Whoever comes here must follow Vietnamese law,” Nguyen Xuan Anh, a top official, stated, adding that in the future, they will “not refrain from expelling people who behave badly.”
Better watch yourself at the shrimp buffet next time!
By Sarah Lin
[Images via Facebook // Video via YouTube // h/t The Nanfang]