KUWAIT : News reports are abuzz in the social media that some cooperative societies are preventing expatriates from buying their needs during Ramadan, justifying this by saying expatriates in large numbers flock these outlets to buy everything they can lay their hands to benefit from reduced prices during the holy month, reports Al-Qabas daily. In reaction to what has been published, the head of the Consumer Protection Association, Mishaal Al-Manea, said preventing expatriates from entering any cooperative society and limiting shopping to citizens only at the coops is against the law.
Al-Manea explained there is absolutely no justification for the coops’ refusal to sell goods to consumers, whether citizens or residents, indicating that the Consumer Protection Law punishes these decisions. He indicated that cooperative societies are establishments that have a commercial license from the Ministry of Commerce and Market Law. applies to them similar to other establishments.
He added, “We informed the Ministry of Commerce and the concerned authorities of the need to intervene to prevent such ill-conceived and offensive decisions.” In the context, an official source at the National Guard Cooperative Society denied what is being circulated on social media about preventing sales to non-Kuwaiti consumers, stressing that the National Guard Cooperative Society welcomes all segments of Kuwaiti society.