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Al-Buraimi: Jail time, a fine and deportation for attempting to deceive a consumer: verdict against a violator of the Consumer Protection Law

06/11/2017

   The Primary Court in Al-Buraimi has pronounced a verdict against an accused for not providing a service in an optimal manner for a consumer, and working in a job for which he is not authorized. The verdict stipulated three months jail time, OMR 400 fine and, deportation after serving time for attempting to deceive a consumer by changing spare parts and keeping the new spare parts to sell them later.

 

 

The department received a complaint from a consumer stating that he went to a workshop to change the spark plugs, and timing belt for his vehicle, leaving it with the workshop till the technical is done with changing the parts, after he got back, the technician confirmed that he did replace all the old parts and showed eight spark plugs with a timing belt along with the packages for the parts, yet the consumer heard a weird noise when he started the engine which lead him to pop the hood of his car. He found that the parts were replaced on one side of the engine while the other side was still covered with dust which suggested that there was no maintenance done on it, upon confronting the technician, the latter admitted that he did not actually replace the parts and tried to reconcile with the consumer by offering to return the new spare parts because he got caught. The consumer lodged his complaint to save other consumers from falling for the same kind of deception. The technician was interrogated and turned out that he was not authorized for this job and, confessed that he actually did what he did to the consumer, the case file was completed and referred to the court which pronounced the verdict of jail time, fine and deportation.

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 No one imagined that greed and deviousness would reach such a staggering level that thought exist only in movies and investigative drama shows , yet it became a stark reality when some merchants sought to make a profit on the account of health and safety of the young and adults alike utilizing the God-given intellect that they posses into destruction and evil instead of serving public good , the devious plan used ( Back to school ) season by carving holes inside books and hiding chewing tobacco inside in away from the inspectors notice targeting the younger generation with these destructive materials that effect the health , mind and safety of our kids .
 The Judicial officers noticed that consumers come very frequently to a specific shop during one of the inspection tours which raised their suspicions to strengthening the monitoring and follow up on that matter , students were spotted in the shop as well , the Officers expediently intervened to inspect the shop , the inspection did not reveal anything at first , however , the officers noticed a stack of books and decided to inspect it , surprisingly , they found more than 600 pouches of chewing tobacco on its way to be sold and distributed on consumers and students , the officers immediately issued a violation and referred the case to the General Prosecution to deal with the matter as per the Law


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