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Lotat Becomes Lotus’s In Bizarre Rebranding By New Owners CP

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Following the takeover of Tesco Lotus by CP Group, the company unveiled the new name and logo for the supermarket chain on Monday, much to the amusement of the masses.

Tesco Lotus, better known to Thais as “Lotat”, was sold to CP last March by the UK supermarket giant in a deal worth $10.6bn after operating in Thailand and Malaysia for 23 years.

With over 2,000 locations across the country. a new name and logo were needed as dropping the name Tesco was part of the deal.

The billion-dollar bigwigs decided on “Lotus’s”.

To Thais the rebranding means nothing, the supermarket will remain “Lotat” the same as it always has but for the rest of us, it’s a head-scratcher.

Corporate and marketing types were giving all kinds of quotes and gobbledygook to the press pack assembled for the big launch on Monday.

None of it made any sense much like the new name.

The rebranding was the talk of Thai Twitter all morning with jokes about the apostrophe coming thick and fast.



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Taxi Driver Made Homeless During Pandemic Now Busks With His Pet Monkey

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A homeless man has taken to singing on the streets with his pet monkey to earn money after he lost his job as a taxi driver during the pandemic.

Suradech Buajan, 51, can be seen busking with Maruay, his seven-year-old pet monkey, for locals in Pattaya which has become a ghost town due to Covid-19.

Suradech used to work as a motorcycle taxi rider but his bike was seized when he could no longer afford repayments as tourists were banned in March last year.

The busker said the monkey is his best friend so they will always walk around and sleep together.

He said: ‘I don’t know many songs and I don’t think I’m the most talented singer but I manage to get by.’

Suradech added that the monkey helped a lot in terms of attracting an audience as it was tame and sweet.

He said: ‘Sometimes, people will give it food and is not aggressive at all while I play a piece.

‘The only visitors are foreigners who live here and Thai people, but it’s just enough.’

As most tourist attractions remain closed, the money he earns from busking is still not enough to pay rent, but it covers for their food expenses.

The duo sleep in front of hotels that are closed and resume playing music in the daytime.

The country’s Krungsri Bank forecasts that it will be up to three years before tourism returns to its pre-pandemic levels.



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Burmese Restaurant Lets People Eat For Free For Democracy Donations

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A Burmese Restaurant in Thailand is letting customers eat for free if they donate to the fight against the military coup in the country.

The Mandalay restaurant in Bangkok introduced the idea after leader Aung San Suu Kyi was toppled by the army on February 1.

Footage from the restaurant shows how locals and migrant workers are filling the eatery for the free lunch and dropping cash into collection bowls.

Si Lao Mai, the owner of the Mandalay, said: ‘Aung San Suu Kyi is my angel. She gave us hope after having to live under the military for so long. Even though we were not a hundred per cent democratic, it was much better than being under the military, like we are again now.

‘The donations will be given to the people in Myanmar fighting the coup, especially for people who worked for the state who have quit their jobs for political reasons to oppose the military coup.’





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Clingy Wife Sticks Marriage Certificate To Hubby’s Shirt To Stop Him Straying

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Video footage of a clingy Chonburi woman who stuck a copy of her marriage certificate to her hubby’s shirt to stop him from straying has been entertaining the masses on social media after it was widely shared last week.

Footage shows Police officer Thonapat Thammawong walking around his office with a small replica of his marriage document pinned to his chest in Chonburi province.

His wife, Nichapa Thammawong, 31, printed the certificate on an ID-sized piece of cars which was laminated and pinned to the front pockets of her husband’s uniform.

The woman placed the paper inside a protective plastic so she could take it off and then pin again to her husband’s other uniforms after wearing.

The cop said his wife had the idea after news broke out about a police officer from another province being able to marry twice.

He said: ‘I suspected that my wife is scared that I will have a mistress so she prepared this small marriage license for me.’

The loving husband had created a spectacle when he first showed up with the license but he said he was not embarrassed as long as his wife was happy.

He said: ‘I don’t feel embarrassed by it. What’s important for me is my wife’s peace of mind, that she will feel at ease.’

Meanwhile, the overprotective spouse believed that the paper would prevent other girls from flocking around her ‘handsome’ husband.

Nichapa said: ‘Girls are often attracted to men in uniform because they are handsome and manly. I trust my husband but I don’t trust these girls.’





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