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Man smashes coffee cup on policeman’s head after being told to wear a mask

Caitlin Ashworth



A man has smashed a ceramic cup on a police officer’s head after he was told to wear a face mask yesterday in a province outside Bangkok. The officer, Thai media reports as 41 year old ‘Saroch’, was doing a routine check for coronavirus prevention, making sure vendors and business owners are abiding by emergency regulations. The Bang Nang Buat police officer issues warnings to those who don’t follow the rules in the Supanburi province.

When the officer walked into the cafe yesterday where Chaloey sells lottery tickets. The officer approached the man, 59 year old Chaloey, about not wearing a face mask. Chaloey got angry. He grabbed the officer by the throat and smashed a ceramic cup full of hot coffee on the officer’s head. The officer ended up with 2 stitches from the assault.

Chaloey told police that the officer threatened him with jail time for not wearing a mask.

It has not been reported whether it was a latte or cappuccino.

SOURCE: Thai Residents


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    Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 11:04 am

    “Funny” ending, to a half-finished story about assault resulting in hospital treatment? Then I was stunned to see that a native speaker produced this level of English writing.

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    Lou Mulkern

    Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 11:34 am

    could’ve left out the smarm at the end.. pretty unprofessional….

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    Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 12:04 pm

    it was a maschiatto.

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    Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    “It has not been reported whether it was a latte or cappuccino.” — Its only serious news if white people are affected, otherwise its just plain funny… right Caitlin?

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    Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 2:07 pm

    I believe the saying is Sum-Num-Na… 😉

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    sam thompson

    Friday, May 22, 2020 at 11:26 am

    Your half story ending with a feeble attempt at humour seems to have missed out one of the more important points of the need to make this newsworthy i.e. presumably the man was arrested however you do not see fit to enlighten us about this part

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      Bill White

      Friday, May 22, 2020 at 12:17 pm

      It goes without saying assault and battery particularly an attack on a police officer performing his duty is jail time. As for the coffee, I can only hope it was a cappuccino with a cube of sugar!

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        Sam Thompson

        Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 11:10 am

        Really? Is that gleaned from your law degree or just an opinion

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    Friday, May 22, 2020 at 1:14 pm

    Seems to me the police are using this emergency decree to do and say what they want. I imagine I would be rightly lidded off if I was sitting in a coffee shop drinking my coffee and some cop came in threatening me with jail for not wearing a mask. How the heck can you drink your coffee wearing a mask?
    There needs to be some guidelines the government should make that the police can follow and the public is aware of to cease this type of activity from police men. It’s bad enough the pointless curfew and social distancing and other measures that every country is attempting. Control measures that take away what little freedom to privacy while still having a life. Now we have to worry about coppers going into a restaurant making demands or threads about masks and jail and fines while you are there eating or drinking.

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    Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 2:23 am

    I enjoyed the witty comment but was also wondering if the policeman was injured and what was the final outcome too. More research required in this story.

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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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