An eatery in Miaoli said it got paid with expired Triple Stimulus Vouchers and warned businesses to check carefully as they resemble the newly distributed Quintuple Stimulus Vouchers. Lawyers say paying with expired vouchers may constitute fraud and offenders may be prosecuted with criminal charges.
The eatery was filled with customers. One lady wanted to pay with the quintuple stimulus voucher, and the cashier girl at the counter doubled check with her father before taking the voucher.
“(See how much it is in total and remember to give out change.) No, I don't need change. You can keep it.”
The cashier girl took the voucher without thinking too much and little did she know that she was fooled by the customer and had taken in an expired triple stimulus voucher instead. This incident happened around 3pm on the 11th. One lady ordered NT$375 worth of food and she paid with two triple stimulus vouchers worth NT$200 each. The owner of the eatery said although it wasn't a big sum, it was still a scam and it didn't feel good to be tricked.
Mr. Chiang, Eatery owner："I haven't retrieved my (quintuple) stimulus vouchers yet so my kid doesn't know what they look like exactly. That's why she made the mistake."
Lo Wen-sheng, Shop owner："They have almost the same design and same denominations, so remember to check thoroughly."
Many owners of restaurants and eateries say that the triple and quintuple stimulus vouchers look almost the same. Business owners are too busy sometimes and may fail to check properly. The triple stimulus vouchers feature the shape of Taiwan in its center while the new quintuple stimulus vouchers feature the Taiwan blue magpie with its wings extended. The triple vouchers have Dec. 31, 2020, as the expiration date on the left while quintuple vouchers have April 30, 2022, as the expiration date on the right.
Chang Chung, Deputy Chief of Jhunan Precinct, Police Bureau, Miaoli County："The eatery has not reported to the police so far, but we have called them already after hearing the news. We will start an investigation to trace the owner of the expired vouchers."
Police are currently on the lookout for the lady caught on the surveillance camera. Lawyers say that paying with expired vouchers may constitute fraud, a criminal offense that is automatically prosecutable and will therefore be investigated without the need for a complaint or report.
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