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Teenager allegedly stole 2 million baht from high schoolers

Caitlin Ashworth



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A teenage girl allegedly stole a total of 2 million baht from her younger peers in the Isaan province Khon Kaen. Around 10 students, all 14 to 16 years old, filed police reports with help from their parents.

Thai media reports the 17 year old girl’s name as Wawa. She allegedly ran a savings reward scheme at the local high school using a Facebook page to share posts enticing others to get involved in her program.

A popular program was to save 500 baht per day and get 1,000 baht in returns. Another was to save 500 baht a day for 10 days and get 3,200 baht in returns. Those who recommended the programs to 60 people would get around 5,000 to 10,000 baht from Wawa.

An 18 year old student told Thai media she referred more than 200 customers to Wawa. She says she always got a lot of money back, but then says Wawa disappeared on August 3.

While some students got paid, others lost a lot of money. 51 year old Sarawut says Wawa stole more than 400,000 baht from his daughter. He says his daughter, a student at the Nong Ruea Wittiyalai School, sells skincare products online to help support her family and add to her savings account. Sarawut says his daughter noticed many of her friends had more money and they told her about Wawa’s saving program.

Before filing a police report, some students and their parents drove to Wawa’s home to ask for their money back, but they were not successful.

SOURCE: Thai Residents


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    Toby Andrews

    Monday, August 24, 2020 at 11:41 am

    Wow she has all the skills to become a future Thai politician.


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    Keith Fitzgerald

    Monday, August 24, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    “Teenage” is an abstract noun. “Teenage” means the state of being a teen i.e. belonging to the age group 13 to 19, whereas “teenaged” is an adjective which means the quality of being in the teen years of life. It is also an adjective form of “teenager”.

    A person with a journalism degree does not know such a basic thing? Wow.
    And you use the vague word “around” twice in the same sentence, suggesting you don’t know or don’t care about the basic facts.

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      rinky stingpiece

      Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 1:08 am

      You’ll never make an English teacher… “teenaged girl” sounds clunky, weird, and unnatural. Can’t see the word “around” anywhere, maybe it was edited; but even so, your pronouncements don’t tend to inspire much support.

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    Monday, August 24, 2020 at 8:31 pm

    Keith you sound so stuck up.

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    Keith Fitzgerald

    Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 10:40 am

    What to say to a person who cooks up a fake name for posting comments, who thinks that whatever sounds “natural” to him is correct written English, and who is such an ignoramus that he writes that he “can’t see the word “around” anywhere, though two of the first five words in the second sentence are “around”? — “Around 10 students, all around 14 to 16 years old …”
    As for your juvenile throwaway comment that I’ll never “make” an English teacher, well, I’ve been once since 1984.
    Where did you get the notion that my duty is to “inspire support” to writers who pose as journalists while showing an inability to write simple and correct English, instead of pooping out chatter such as you see on Twatter, or that you might hear among a group of gadget- and selfie-fixated blowhards at Starbuck’s?

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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