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Taxi driver relieves stress by shooting slingshot at cars and shops

Neill Fronde



PHOTO: A taxi driver used a slingshot like this to relieve stress by firing at vehicles and shops.

Life is pretty stressful lately, but there are right and wrong ways to relieve that stress. A taxi driver in Bangkok chose the wrong way to blow off steam: shooting at cars, buses and restaurants with a slingshot. The 48 year old driver Phaiwan Aechaiyaphum was arrested by the Metropolitan Police Bureau last night at his Suksawat-area room. He is suspected of using his slingshot at the Ratchada-Sutthisan intersection tunnel for over a month, starting March 19 until as recently as April 27.

He told police shooting at vehicles and shops was his way to vent and release his stress and feelings. The attacks took place in the late afternoons to late night, from 4 pm to 1 am; in total 19 slingshot shootings were reported. When police raided his home, they confiscated a slingshot as well as white stones he said he gathered from a Phetkasem Road gas station to use as ammo.

The man told police he quit his bus driver job last year as he wasn’t making enough money driving the number 75 bus, so he switched to driving a taxi in March. He drove rented taxis, so police impounded 3 of them for investigation for evidence. It is reported that he already confessed to the slingshot shooting.

He said he used his slingshot at places to release his stress, for example, shooting at slow cars that frustrated him. But he fired his slingshot at targets that had many people around, like shops, restaurants and big busy buses, putting many people at risk, potentially in harm’s way.

Police stations at Din Daeng, Phahon Yothin, and Sutthisan Huai Kwang have jurisdiction over the attack areas and are investigating further. Phaiwan has been charged so far with causing damage to property, theft, and physical assault. He is in police custody but will be sent to undergo a psychological evaluation.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 8:25 pm

    I might expect this from a 14 year old boy but not from a 48 year old.
    Still many taxi drivers in Bangkok have the intellect of a 14 year old boy . . .

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    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    I totally understand this Fella. Hope he won’t sentenced badly

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    Mister Stretch

    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 9:24 pm

    That’s not “relieving stress”, that’s being a thug.

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    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 12:11 am

    A bottle of lotion, some privacy and a couple choice pictures works better…and most importantly, harms no one.

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    James Pate

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 7:13 am

    Quit a steady job driving a bus to be a taxi driver in the middle of a pandemic?!? Brilliant career move, moron!

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Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10 years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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