A 25 year old Thai man was rejected by an employer because a police officer in the Isaan province of Buriram mistakenly put his name on a criminal record sheet.
Phichitchai Anansook filed a complaint with the Ministry of Justice, saying he was unemployed because of a mistake by Nong Song Hong Police Station. His name was listed as a suspect who possessed ammunition without permission but he pleaded innocent, saying he has never been involved in any illegal activities.
Phichitchai’s father, 62 year old Boonhome Anansook, gave an interview with Thai media about the issue. Boonhome said Phichitchai worked in Chon Buri since 2021 and had no problems until he decided to change jobs this year.
Phichitchai applied for a position with a private company in Chon Buri but the company rejected him because his name was on a criminal record list.
Phichitchai, his family, and reporters visited Nong Song Hong Police Station yesterday to talk about the issue. However, officers could not clarify the incident as the superintendent was on leave and travelled aboard.
Officers said that it might have been a mistake when inserting the suspect’s name into the system. The officers added the incident was not serious and only resulted in a 100-baht fine so said they would make an edit as soon as possible.
The superintendent of the Nong Song Hong Police Station, Anan Thongbanterng, stepped forward to explain the problem today. Anan reported that the issue was the mistake of a police officer and the error had been fixed even before Phichitchai complained to the Justice Ministry.
The Burriram Provincial Police Commander, Rutthapon Naowarat, stated that he felt sorry for the victim and would encourage every police station in the province to be careful when logging crimes.
Rutthapon said that he would investigate the case to find the root cause, adding they would also compensate Phichitchai for his loss.
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