A Bali official has warned local vendors along the Kuta Beach area to stop extorting beach visitors.
The Head of the Kuta Beach Handling Task Force, Wayan Sirna, confirmed that he warned all local vendors in the Kuta Beach area to stop their bad behavior towards tourists.
“We told them last Saturday (4/12) to give the best services for their customers and to avoid doing things that would potentially make the visitors feel uncomfortable,” Sirna said on Monday (6/12).
Sirna had heard many complaints from Kuta Beach visitors who were threatened and extorted by local vendors. Some vendors even charged their customers high prices for a foot massage on the beach.
Sirna ensured that any vendors who attempted to violate the rules would face consequences from the authorities.
“Any tourist who experiences similar things from the local vendors could file a report to the authorities. And, if the merchants are proven guilty, they could lose their merchant card and become unable to run their businesses on the beach,” Sirna added.
However, Sirna still hopes that beach visitors could support the local community by buying and using the services of local vendors to help them survive this Covid-19 pandemic.
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