Mermaid Beach is a lovely spot on Australia’s Gold Coast.
Alexandria Utting of the Gold Coast Bulletin reports Mermaid Beach restaurant Bangkok Thai was the subject of legal proceedings in the Southport Magistrates Court after business owner Vinya Chantra (right) and the company to which he is a director, Chantra Enterprises, were charged with three counts of failing to comply with food standards codes.
The charges came after council inspectors found the popular Thai restaurant in a “gross level of filth” with food waste, dirt, grime and rodent droppings on tables used to prepare food.
The court heard the restaurant had received improvement notices for cleanliness on several occasions since September 2012, but had only paid one fine of $580 for a breach of food safety laws in 2015.
Magistrate John Costanzo individually fined Chantra $2,955 for allowing food safety breaches in his business.
He was also ordered to pay $1,250 to council in costs and $89.90 for the filing of court documents.
The company Chantra Enterprises was separately fined $14,725, as well as costs and filing fees.