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Expat barber fined for asking customer for a tip

Barber in Ras Al Khaimah fined just over $1,300 for asking for $1.36 tip - report

Expat barber fined for asking customer for a tip

A barber in Ras Al Khaimah has been issued with a $1,361 (AED5,000) fine after he asked a customer for a $1.36 (AED5) tip, 7Days newspaper reports.

The UAE’s Minister of Economy issued the fine to the Asian man after they received a complaint from a 22-year-old Emirati customer, who claimed the barber was trying to cheat him after barber asked for extra money for shaving the Emirati’s beard.

The Emirati told officials that he went to the RAK salon for a shave, which was priced on a list in the barber’s shop at AED10 ($2.72). The barber then asked for an additional AED5 which, the Emirati was told when he queried, was a tip paid in all salons in the emirate.

The Emirati man lodged a complaint with the ministry’s Consumer Protection Department in Ras Al Khaimah.

After being interviewed by inspectors, officials at the department issued a fine to barber for flouting commercial laws, having charged more than what was defined in the official price list given out to all salons in the emirate by the Ministy of Economy.