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Illegal Sukhumvit Street Seller Confronted For Selling Overpriced Masks

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Sukhumvit Street Seller Confronted For Selling Overpriced Masks

An opportunistic street trader in Bangkok was confronted for selling overpriced surgical masks despite government warnings that vendors could five jail for ripping people off.

The man was caught on camera offering tourists ten flimsy blue paper masks for 350 baht at his illegal makeshift stall on Sukhumvit Road.

He was selling them despite a government warning that any vendors cashing in on the shortage of masks could face a jail term of five years or a fine of 100,000 baht.

Footage shows the man in the process of selling the masks to a Chinese tourist concerned about the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 disease.

Shockingly, health officials were handing out the masks for FREE just a few hundreds of metres away at a subway station.

When confronted, the street vendor claimed that the masks were ”heavy ones, good quality”.

His boss later arrived and told the filmer to ”f*** off”. The tourist then bought the masks.

The filmer said: ”The coronavirus has caused enough problems without people ripping other people off when we should be working together to stop the spread. Unfortunately, the tourist seemed to not know any better and ended up paying the vastly over-inflated price for the cheap masks which he could have picked up for free.”

There has been a nationwide shortage of face masks in Thailand and many other countries since the crisis escalated.

In response to claims of sellers inflating prices, Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit approved a price cap of 2.5 baht on domestically-made masks.

“From Monday, all surgical face masks must be sold at 2.5 baht a piece, with violators liable to jail time and/or fines,” said Mr Jurin, who also chairs the Central Committee on Goods and Service Prices.

Face mask importers are also being forced to declare their import costs to the Department of Internal Trade (DIT). The rules also means the mark-up on the import price must not exceed 60 per cent.

The government said that manufacturers, distributors, exporters and importers of items on the list are required to notify the DIT of production costs, prices, production volume, export/import volume and inventory.

As of March 8, there have been at least 106,500 confirmed cases of coronavirus around the world and at least 3,600 deaths. There are 60,228 recoveries.

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Armed Bank Robber Who Stole 500,000 Baht Arrested

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Armed Robber Makes Off With 500,000 Baht From GH Bank

A 46-year-old Thai man who held up and robbed a Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural in Bangkok earlier this week has been arrested.

The incident happened just after 2pm on Wednesday at the Bangbon branch at Soi Ekachai 86 when the man armed with a knife and a plastic gun entered the branch and hopped over the counter helping himself to half a million baht before fleeing the scene.

He was picked up after detectives followed his movements using CCTV from the surrounding area.

The robber made a full confession telling officers the gun was made of plastic, adding he’d robbed the bank to feed his gambling habits.

He was remanded in custody pending further legal proceedings.

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Chiang Mai Karaoke Bar Hostess Tests Positive for COVID-19

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Chiang Mai Karaoke Bar Hostess Tests Positive for COVID-19

A Thai woman who came back from Myanmar to Chiang Mai without entering state quarantine has tested positive for COVID-19, according to officials.

The 29-year old works as a hostess in a karaoke bar and may have visited several shopping malls and a cinema in the city.

The governor of Chiang Mai, Charoenrit Sanguansat, said a press conference will be held later today with a timeline of where the woman has visited.

He reminded the public to follow COVID-19 prevention measures including wearing a mask, social distancing and regular hand washing.

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Researchers Discover Rare Whale Skeleton Off Thai Coast

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Researchers Discover Rare Whale Skeleton Off Thai Coast

A whale skeleton between 3,000 and 5,000 years old has been discovered 12 kilometres off the coast of Thailand just to the west of Bangkok.

The remains of the 12 meters long almost perfectly preserved skeleton is thought to be that of a Bryde’s whale, were found in early November.

The experts hope that the discovery might provide “a window into the past”, specifically for research on sea levels and biodiversity.

Pictures shared by Thailand’s environment minister Varawut Silpa-archa show the bones apparently almost entirely intact.

Researchers Discover Rare Whale Skeleton Off Thai Coast

He said that over 80 percent of the skeleton has so far been recovered that includes ribs, vertebrae, fins, and one shoulder blade.

As per the experts, the head of the skeleton is alone estimated to be about three meters in length.

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