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Customers help woman detained for shoplifting school uniforms



PHOTO: Chiang Rai Times

Customers have come to the aid of a woman after she was detained for shoplifting school uniforms for her children in southern Thailand.

The woman says she is struggling financially due to the Covid-19 pandemic and had no choice but to shoplift as she is unable to afford the cost of the uniforms. The woman, aged 26, was with her 8 year old daughter in a shopping mall in Chumphon, when security guards noticed her shoplifting skirts, shorts, and shoes. She was detained in a backroom of the store while police were called.

A report in the Chiang Rai Times says the woman says she’s sorry for her actions. Both she and her husband are out of work as a result of the economic downturn in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis. The woman says she would rather steal the clothes than embarrass her children by sending them to school without uniforms.

Shoppers, who were in the store at the time, took pity on the woman and gathered 1,200 baht to pay for the school clothes. Customers also persuaded management at the store not to press charges against the woman, who was let go with a warning.

SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times


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  1. Arthur OConnor

    Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 1:47 pm

    I would like to help that couple who attempted to shoplift those school uniforms…I would like to give them a gift of three thousand baht…I know it is not a life changer but it seems that the family could use it….can you send me some info on how to do this?

  2. Ken Hyde

    Monday, July 6, 2020 at 11:39 am

    My first thoughts, there is a girl in the next year at school who has discarded last year’s uniform. Why not collect the uniforms, launder them and offer them in a shop, to parents who cannot afford new onesond thoughts, cut out the middlan and go straight to a user fueled smartphone programme. I could pay for the hosting but I don’t know how to programme. Who would know? Someone like Thaiger.
    I can small a newspaper campaign here. Thaiger launches programme to help school children who can’t afford new uniforms. the basic idea, first page location, second m/f, third item – eg skirt size 6 etc
    Can you do this Thaiger? If not please put me in touch with a Thai programmer.

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