Sanya is renowned for its fresh seafood but is plagued by complaints that local restaurants cheat customers. (File photo/CNS)
The city government of Sanya, a coastal resort in southern China’s island province of Hainan said May 22 that it will reimburse local seafood restaurants that upgrade their hardware but will fine them heavily for taking advantage of customers by inflating their prices.

A top price will be decided for different types of seafood, according to the government. Once the regulations are established, all seafood restaurants in the city must make sure their prices fall in line, with no dishes sold at a higher price than the limit, or the cash register will automatically call the police and receipts will not be able to be printed.

The government, meanwhile, will help seafood restaurants to upgrade their hardware, including electric menu on tablet computers and cashier machines that will be automatically connected to the government.

The reimbursement for upgrades, the government estimated, will be between 5,000 yuan (US$795) and 9,000 yuan (US$1,430).

The government said that the new plan was designed in response to constant complaints that local seafood restaurants are notorious for taking advantage of customers, especially visitors. The new guidelines will be enacted starting in July.

As of press time, the government had yet to decide the ceiling price for seafood.

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