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Police swoop is "No Joke" after Pattaya beach trader threatens to shoot Chinese tourist

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Police swoop is "No Joke" after Pattaya beach trader threatens to shoot Chinese tourist

 

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A police contingent from Banglamung and Pattaya Tourist police swooped on the beach last night to arrest a crocodile bag trader after a video was posted online.

 

Arrested was Somchai Kraiphan, 43.

 

Suggestions had been made on Facebook on the page of "Wicha tham" that the trader had threatened to shoot the tourist for not buying his wares. The poster called for "Mr Joke" to take an interest.

 

He was clearly referring to Maj Gen Surachet Hakpal the famous crime buster known as Big Joke in the Thai media.

 

Big Joke was busy on a mission to stamp out football betting in the south so Pattaya tourist police chief Piyapong Ensarn took over and went in with Bang Lamung cops.

 

Somchai was hauled off the beach and taken to the local station.

 

He wai-ed to society in the standard apology but asked guides with Chinese tourists to understand that he and his mates are just trying to make money for their families.

 

The Bang Lamung station chief said he would be charged but the nature of the charge was not reported by Pattaya Update News in their Facebook report of the story.

 

Source: Pattaya Update News

 
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Pattaya bag vendor arrested for intimidating Chinese tourists

By The Nation

 

Pattaya police arrested a vendor on Tuesday night for allegedly intimidating Chinese tourists after they refused to buy his bags.
 

Tourist police in Pattaya and officers from the Pattaya police station arrested Somchai Kraiphan, 43, at a beach road of Na Klua beach at 9.30pm.

 

Earlier, at 11.30am on Tuesday, a tour guide, whose Facebook identity is Wicha Tham, posted a 1.46-minute video clip showing Somchai shouting angrily at Chinese tourists.

 

The clip showed Somchai threaten to shoot the tourists for failing to buy his crocodile skin bags after they asked for discounts.

 

Wicha said in the post that he hoped Pol Maj-General Surachet Hakpal, deputy commissioner of the Tourist Police Bureau, would see the post and take action.

 

Pol Lt-Colonel Piyapong Ensarn, inspector of the sub-division 4 of the Tourist Police Division 2, said Surchat saw the clip and ordered the arrest.

 

After his arrest, Somchai said he was sorry for what he had done. He said his case should serve to remind other vendors to have patience.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30348181

 
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another Grandstanding thai photo opp....

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stop this nonsense of people selling on beach people can't sit relaxing they come every minute ask do you want something even if you lay down for a nap they wake you up 

my family is tried of them and ofcores me too 

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I can understand the frustration though, first they ship buses full of Chinese here to be fleeced, but small guys can't get in on the action as the system is rigged to get the $ back to China. Authorized fleecers only.

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Perhaps a career in something other than sales might be more appropriate for him.

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3 hours ago, webfact said:

The Bang Lamung station chief said he would be charged but the nature of the charge was not reported

I guess a good wai.

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He wai-ed to society in the standard apology but asked guides with Chinese tourists to understand that he and his mates are just trying to make money for their families.

 

what a nice Somchai.

hope he has a fatal accident on the way home. :bah:

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