Pattaya Pensioners Busted For Playing Bridge

Published on 4th February 2016 by Stickboy BKK

Pattaya Pensioners Busted For Playing Bridge

Thirty two elderly foreigners playing bridge above a Pattaya restaurant on Wednesday were arrested, held in custody for 12 hours and charged for possessing playing cards not produced by the Excise Department.

Yes, you are reading Stickboy Bangkok, not The Onion, although you’d be forgiven for thinking otherwise reading this ridiculous, yet very real, story making its way around the world today.

Pattaya Pensioners Busted For Playing Bridge

Pattaya police chief Sukthat Pumpunmuang said the raid by police, soldiers and district officials came after a member of the public complained to the government’s anti-corruption department saying the pensioners were gambling.

He added all but one had been released after signing statements admitting they were gambling and paying 5,000 bail. An elderly German woman remained in the cells as she refused to sign a confession.

Pattaya Pensioners Busted For Playing Bridge

Officials believed the score books related to gambling and money was being exchanged via bank accounts at a later stage but when this theory hit a brick wall as their was no evidence to support it, the group were charged under the Playing Cards Act of 1943 for being in possession of more than 120 playing cards not produced by the Excise Department.

It was reported by Thai media on Thursday evening the charges would likely be dropped as the story had attracted so much negative publicity around the globe.

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