Candy As Change

—– read this when i had my hair cut and just wanted to share this
with you —–


Sun*Star Cebu, October 25, 2003-Saturday, p.30

Candy As Change

QUESTION: An engineer conveyed his frustration to the Department of
Trade and Industry-Cebu Office, saying: “I bought three Chamyto Health
Drinks from a pharmacy at Mandaue Centro Market. They gave me a candy
for change, saying that they didn’t have centavo coins. Is this not an
illegal practice and punishable by the DTI?

ANSWER: Under the Republic Act 7394 or the Consumer Act of the
Philippines, this act amounts to shortchanging. SHORTCHANGING is
committed by:

1. not giving the correct or exact change, or

2. giving candies (which are not legal tender) as change. It is
considered a deceptive sales act, which is punishable with a penalty
of from P500 to P300,000 among other administrative sanctions.

Since the Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas-Cebu Regional Office says “coins
released for circulation are more than sufficient to meet the needs of
the local populace,” this means shortchanging remains a violation.
This pharmacy was advised to either round off prices or tap
non-traditional sources of coins to avoid violating the law again.

—–so you people out there, don’t accept candy as change, it’s
against the law… but since this is the Philippines, and maybe really
you have bad breath, maybe it’s acceptable…—–

posted Monday, 27 October 2003
@pie@ made this comment,
i teach business subjects and you know what? a lot of people
especially students are not aware of this. a lot of establishments
really do this intentionally (others naman are ignorant about the
law). poor consumers.

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comment added :: 27th October 2003, 10:28 GMT+08
A visitor made this comment,
that why i ask for one or two more candies if they do this to
least panalo ako,hindi talo.hehehe…

comment added :: 27th October 2003, 13:20 GMT+08
A visitor made this comment,
there’s this terminal..P13.50 yung fare so laging kendi yung sukling
50c. so nagdadala na rin ako ng barya..

comment added :: 27th October 2003, 15:07 GMT+08
A visitor made this comment,
Ang gagawin ko kapag candy isinukli nila sa akin, sa susunod na bibili
ako, candy din ibabayad ko sa kanila, lol.

comment added :: 27th October 2003, 18:19 GMT+08
A visitor made this comment,
i bet some establishments are not aware of this law. but then, nasa
batas din natin na “ignorance of the law excuses no one”, kaya wag
kayo papayag pag nag-reason out sila na hindi nila alam yung batas na

comment added :: 28th October 2003, 01:53 GMT+08
samplawer made this comment,
hmmm… ok na rin basta ba type ko yung kendi..lulz
comment added :: 29th October 2003, 07:40 GMT+08

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