The Real Thief Never Said Sorry

Published on 21st March 2017 by Stickboy BKK

Thai news are reporting several UK and Australian tabloids have written letters of apology to two Hmong hilltribe girls, their family and community after they labelled them “tiny thieves” late last year.

In September 2016 the photo below was posted to Reddit along with the title, “Girlfriend in the progress of having her watch stolen”.

British tabloids including The Sun, Daily Mail and Telegraph were all over it like a rash accusing the two girls of stealing the watch from a British tourist based on nothing more than the post.

Did She Ever Say Sorry

The Redditor MedardBoss, who shared the photo taken of two girls at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep temple in Chiang Mai with his “girlfriend”, quickly deleted his account after the story went viral around the world.

Before doing so he admitted his girlfriend was “a bit drunk” and suggested in another comment the watch was later found after which he was never heard from again.

Shortly after the story blew up the girls were cleared of any wrongdoing by Thai police as there was no proof they had stolen the watch and no report filed by the woman in the photo.

The thread was nuked by Reddit mods after they were contacted by a woman claiming the photo had been stolen from her Facebook account and that she knew nothing about a stolen watch.

The woman has never come forward to give her side of the story – maybe she didn’t want to talk to the very papers that ran the story without doing any fact checking.

It’s all well and good a few tabloids saying sorry but what about the person who started the story? Where is their apology to the two kids and their family?

Of course, that is never going to happen as they were the only thief in this story, not the kids in the photo.

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