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Pattaya motorbike taxi commended after returning wallet to foreigner

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A Pattaya motorbike taxi driver is being commended online after finding and returning a lost wallet to a foreigner. The woman, 43 year old Kelaya Supaphol, was dropping off a customer by the McDonald’s on Pattaya’s Second Road when she says she saw the wallet on the ground.

She picked up the wallet and checked inside, with another motorbike taxi driver acting as a witness. They discovered multiple valuable licenses and identification documents that identified the foreign owner of the wallet and arranged to meet him at a restaurant in the Pratumnak Hill area to return the wallet.

The foreign man was so pleased with the woman’s honest behaviour that he gave her 1,000 baht. The other motorbike taxi posted pictures of the incident on a well-known Thai social media group called Pattaya Talk. It was there that she received praise for her actions that left both her and the wallet’s owner happy with how the situation ended.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

 

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22 Comments

22 Comments

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    Alexander Kriegisch

    Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 1:08 pm

    I am not sure why this is so special. Is it not the normal, decent thing to do? In Germany this happens every day and nobody bothers to put it on the news.

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      Brian

      Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 2:49 pm

      This phenomenon varies by region. IIRC there have actually been studies. There are places where you would almost never get your wallet back, and places where it is a rare exception that is not returned to you. Important piece of info to know about a place, IMO.

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      PHIL

      Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 3:53 pm

      It S so rare in Thailand to mention it;

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      John C.

      Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 7:25 pm

      It’s a PR puff piece.

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      James R

      Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 10:07 pm

      Alexander

      While I was working in Nuremberg, Germany I went to use an ATM machine at a bank and there was a 100 DM note sitting in the slot of the ATM, I took it and gave it to the woman behind the reception desk inside the bank.

      Many years ago I was walking with friends in Bangkok and a group of Thai boys started shouting at us, they were pointing to one of our friends pockets where a roll of money was about to fall out, that was kind of them.

      I have also handed in lost wallets I found while in the UK but I have also had a wallet returned to me which I left on a train so it seems in general most people are honest.

      It is like the virus at the moment in England, most people follow the rules in order to help the whole of our society but there is a percentage who flout the rules and thus causes more cases to happen.

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    Brian

    Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 1:23 pm

    Thank you, good-hearted person.

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    Jeff

    Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 1:24 pm

    Praises to her and her colleagues for being so proactive and for uderstanding the importance of the items in the wallet. Bravo!

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    Maverick

    Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 4:51 pm

    Wonderful story – doesn’t happen every day, in these difficult times for many – well done to her….:-)

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    Arturo

    Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 7:21 pm

    1000 baht was ok but 3000 baht would have been better…and much more appreciated considering all the important documents and ID…

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      Jeff

      Monday, January 11, 2021 at 10:22 am

      Never enough…eh? If you really believe in your words, it would be easy to find her and give her 2,000 Baht of YOUR money.

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        Arturo

        Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 11:50 am

        You should change your name to cheap Charlie…

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    David

    Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 7:24 pm

    I’ve given up with The Thaiger…the weekend seems full of pointless and non newsworthy stories….zzzzz.

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      James R

      Monday, January 11, 2021 at 12:51 am

      David

      Never mind, go to another place to get your news, the rest of us will stick with the Thaiger, after all it is a great free news source.

      Thanks Thaiger.

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      Nipral

      Monday, January 11, 2021 at 1:10 pm

      not fully given up apparently !?

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    James R

    Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Well done to that woman who handed back the wallet.

    It must be difficult at the moment in Thailand and many other places with the slow down in the economy due to the virus and thus money is hard to get.

    And well done to the farang for the reward.

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    J

    Monday, January 11, 2021 at 8:36 am

    Give us some contact details of the Woman so we can chip in some money to her, that way other taxi-drivers may do the same thing in times to come. The documents is worth a lot for the owner, and why be a thief for a few thousand baht when someone can get more from people thankful to the honest people.

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    TS

    Monday, January 11, 2021 at 8:51 am

    thanks thiger, good news is hard to come by these days. I would have given her more for her trouble and the trouble she saved him but whatever…

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      Jeff

      Monday, January 11, 2021 at 10:27 am

      It’s easy to give away other people’s money. She’s easy to find, surely. Put your money where your mouth is.

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        TS

        Monday, January 11, 2021 at 8:24 pm

        if she had found my lost wallet, you cheap turd, i would have given her half or more of the cash in it for saving my lost cards. F.O.

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    Nipral

    Monday, January 11, 2021 at 10:27 am

    Congrats Madam ! But the TB 1000.- reward was a bit stingy I am afraid !!!Probably a German ??????

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      TS

      Monday, January 11, 2021 at 9:43 pm

      if she had found my lost wallet, you cheap turd, i would have given her half or more of the cash in it for saving my lost cards. F.O.

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    Frank Cherry

    Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 7:07 am

    I live in Chiang Mai for 6 years and have always found Thai people to not be stealers. Not so good in business deals where money is changing hands

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