After the story of the 20,000LL Man2ouch went public and the bill circulated social media, the Lebanese authorities prompted to take action.
The Minister of Social Affairs and Tourism, Ramzi Moucharafieh, announced the news on Twitter:
“After publishing the image of a bill issued by a restaurant in Beirut, it became clear to us that the price adjustment in it did not match the prices authorized by The Ministry of Tourism.”
The post continues: “Therefore, the tourist police took the necessary legal measures, and issued a report on the restaurant. We will not allow the exploitation of people on the pretext of the black market for the dollar.”
This intervention from the concerned authorities is an encouragement for the Lebanese consumers to publicly share proofs of their experiences regarding abuse of prices.
The rocketing prices not only at restaurants but also at shops and supermarkets should be a concern for the authorities as well as the people.
Noting that President Michel Aoun announced at a meeting held Tuesday in Baabda that “the rising prices on commodities of all kinds exceeded what is acceptable, and urgent measures must be taken to restore order and activate supervision.”