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Foreigner Caught Stealing Food.. But There’s A Twist

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Foreigner Caught Stealing Food

A down-on-his-luck foreigner who was caught stealing food from a supermarket had a welcome surprise – when the police paid the bill and gave him the change.

The bitter-sweet situation unfolded when the unnamed Western man stuffed around 500 baht worth of snacks into his top at the Esplanade shopping mall in the Ratchada area of Bangkok on Wednesday lunch time.

A security guard caught him red-handed and with the help of a passing Grab rider, they detained the man while they waited for the boys in brown to arrive.

However, what happened next stunned everyone in the shop, who were gathering round to watch the farang get his punishment served up.

An on-duty officer from the nearby station arrived to assess the situation but rather than whisk away the guy in a police pickup truck, he produced 1,000 baht to pay the bill.

Then, he gave the shabbily dressed tourist the change.

”The policeman realised straight away that the foreigner wasn’t stealing for money,” said an onlooker who witnessed the mele.

”Usually, thieves take alcohol or expensive things, so when the policeman checked the goods he saw that the man only had food and he was trying to steal them because he was hungry.”

The witness described how the officer checked the foreigner’s passport, which showed he had been over-staying for more than a month. He claimed he was stuck in Thailand because of the fall-out from the coronavirus and here legally under the visa amnesty rule.

Realising that the paperwork involved with taking him to the station and booking him in for theft would be more work than it’s worth, he decided to solve the situation his own way.

The policeman put the items in a trolley and paid the supermarket for them, whose staff would have been forced to foot the bill for missing or damaged items at the end of the shift.

After handing the food to the man, he then helped him out by giving him the rest of the change from the 1,000 baht note.

Onlookers who watched in disbelief described how the policeman calmly advised the tourist to visit his Embassy for help fixing his situation.

They said: ”I was truly shocked, I just couldn’t believe what I was seeing. In then end, everybody in the shop felt sorry for the farang.

”He thought he was going to be in serious trouble when he was caught stealing and kept saying ’embassy, embassy’.

”But the policeman was so kind and understanding. He knew that the man had no money and needed the food. He took him out to the side of the building and let him go.

”The policeman explained to us that there are already procedures for handling tourists who have no money or can’t get home, so it would be better for the person to go there.

”So many people are struggling at the moment because of the pandemic, so it was so nice to see the police using common sense and helping people who need it.”

Via ViralPress

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Four New BTS Stations Opening Friday

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Four New BTS Stations Opening Friday

The operators of the BTS Skytrain system announced the opening of four new stations on the Sukhumvit Line northern extension will go ahead as planned this Friday following a series of successful test runs.

The four new stations opening are Royal Forest Department (N14), Bang Bua (N15), 11th Infantry Regiment (N16) and Wat Phra Si Mahathat (N17).

All trips between the Royal Forest Department and Wat Phra Si Mahathat will be free until the end of the year.

Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang said the new stations would link educational institutions, government offices, and suburban communities while relieving traffic on normally congested roads along the route of the new extension.

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On Nut Cannabis Farm Busted

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On Nut Cannabis Farm Busted

Two Chinese nationals were arrested and 1,000 cannabis plants seized after Bangkok Metropolitan police raided a warehouse in the On Nut area following a tip-off from the owner of the premises.

The two men, here on student visas, were selling dried organic marijuana to clients for 250,000 baht per kilo, however, their landlord became suspicious at high power bills running into six-figures every month in a property with a monthly rental price of only 40,000 baht.

On Nut Cannabis Farm Busted

He called the police and asked them to look into the matter and surveillance was put in place to gather evidence.

Wu Ding Bin, 41, said to be the ringleader in the online business, caught on he was being watched and cut the power to the warehouse letting all the plants die.

Police had gathered enough evidence against him and raided the warehouse while another team picked him up at a condo on Soi Ramkhamhaeng 24/3.

He was remanded in custody pending further legal proceedings.

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Nike Open Flagship Store At Siam Center

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Nike Open Flagship Store At Siam Center

Nike Thailand has launched a massive new flagship store in Bangkok’s Siam Center designed to showcase product innovation.

Operated by Southeast Asian luxury retail specialist Valiram, the new 9000sq foot Nikestore offers a blend of physical and digital retail experiences for shoppers.

Nike Open Flagship Store At Siam Center

“Nike Bangkok at Siam Center exists to offer everyone the ability to make sport a daily habit, ensuring they are inspired and committed to staying active,” said director of Nike stores Southeast Asia & India Tarundeep Singh.

Services such as head-to-toe apparel fitting and footwear trialling are offered to provide consumers with opportunities to deepen their connection with the brand and select products suited to their needs.

You can also book one-on-one sessions with running experts and styling specialists.

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