A foreigner, who appeared to be unfamiliar with the Vietnamese language and currency, seized approximately VND3 million (US$122) in cash and fled after attempting to exchange dollars at a beer store in Long An Province, southern Vietnam, as reported by local police on Tuesday.
V., the owner of the beer store in Hoa Khanh Dong Commune of Long An’s Duc Hoa District, reported this incident to the district police.
Accordingly, two individuals who appeared to be European visitors entered the beer store from a seven-seater car at 1:38 pm on Monday.
Subsequently, one of the two individuals approached the cashier counter, intending to exchange a $100 bill for Vietnamese currency.
Observing that the foreigner needed assistance, the cashier retrieved a bundle of Vietnamese bills for the transaction.
The foreign individual then repeatedly said “Vietnamese dong” and proceeded to spread out the stack of Vietnamese bills in the employee’s hand, as though indicating the value he anticipated for the exchange.
Following this, the foreigner snatched several VND500,000 bills and dashed toward the awaiting seven-seater car with the other individual.
In response, everyone in the store chased after them, attempting to restrain the two.
However, the pair successfully escaped in the car.
V. estimated the loss of Vietnamese currency to be around VND3 million.
During their escape, the two foreigners dropped a wallet containing a $100 bill, several $1 bills, and various European currency notes.
The entire incident of the theft and escape was captured on the security camera installed near the cash register.