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Happy ending to a Beijing Tea Scam

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Our 25 yr old son was fleeced at a tea cermony with two charming Chinese students who wanted to practice their English at T. Square in Beijing. ( I wish he were a Fodor's or travel website lurker to have helped avoid this situation! He was shocked I interrupted him with the outcome, asking him just how much he was scammed.200? 500?).

He went to the tourist office the next day to find out where to make a claim/ file an official complaint against them. They put him in touch with an official organism that regulates restaurant prices.

To his SURPRISE and content, he was called the NEXT day to go get his cash (although he had paid with Visa) at the official organism.

However, shortly after receiving THAT phone call he received a call from the tea house owner screaming at him to go see them at the tea house.

He suddenly thought he might be getting set-up to get beat up or something and got frightened, calling back the government office to see what was going on, commenting on the threatening phone call and not understanding HOW they got the number.

(Someone from there must be an accomplice or friends of the tea house owners to have given out our son's cell phone number that ONLY the government offcial had).

He was instructed to go directly to the government office and NOT to go back to the tea house.

When he gingerly arrived, the owners were waiting for him, heads between their legs, and apologized all over him, as he was given back his cash through the government officials, signing a receipt declaring the issue was settled.

Fortunately this government office ( sorry I do not have the name, but the tourist office can provide it) was located very near the tea house, as had it been elsewhere we do not know if the repsonse would have been so immediate.

It was a real relief to see this evolve so positively.

Now he will google for scams before he goes anywhere, I am sure!

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