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Smart Shopping Session at Al Khadhra Basic Education School in Al Buraimi


The Department of Consumer Protection in Al Buraimi has organized a workshop entitled “Smart Shopping” at Al Khadhra School for Basic Education (1-4) in order to spread awareness messages and instill a safe consumer culture among school students and inform them of the right ways to be followed when buying any goods or obtaining any service.



The session was presented by Fatima Al Kaabi and Rahima Al Touqi, which dealt with a number of axes, the most important of which is how to shop smartly by following a set of steps such as writing a shopping list, and setting a budget limit, and using the right shopping cart. They also showed the need to take enough time to choose the right commodity compared to the right price, in addition to examine the commodity and ensure its safety before buying, and to verify the date of validity, and contents before leaving the shop and the importance of the purchase invoice and the need to request to preserve rights in addition to the importance of the warranty in the case of the purchase of electrical appliances. The eight consumer rights recognized by the Consumer Protection Act were also introduced, including the right to education, the right to be heard, the right to choose a product, the right to safety, the right to free choice, the right to compensation, the right to satisfy basic needs and the right to live in a healthy environment.


They also discussed the importance of reading the symbols on plastic boxes and food labels and non-rush and buy large quantities of goods under the pretext of cuts and misleading ads and avoid hunger while going shopping for not buying sweets and unhealthy food. The event also included a number of competitions and questions aimed at raising awareness in the consumer aspect of the first cycle students.


 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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