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Surin merchants report fake 100 baht bills

Caitlin Ashworth

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Fake 100 baht bank notes are reportedly being exchanged in the Isaan province Surin. 2 local merchants say they were each handed what appears to be a counterfeit bill from a customer.

A noodle vendor at the Surin Municipal Market says she noticed a 100 baht bill she got from a customer felt strange, more like photocopy paper, she said. She wrote down the bill’s serial number and said would contact the bank.

“The surface of the bill feels like photocopy paper and is more coarse.”

Another merchant noticed a 100 baht bill lost some of its colour after getting wet and took the bill to Bangkok Bank’s Surin branch to be verified, according to a source quoted by Nation Thailand.

โ€œThe bank said the bill was fake… Furthermore, the serial number on the bill is also 0 E 1238302, which is the same number as the suspected bill reported at Surin Municipal Market, indicating that the fake bills are probably from the same source.”

A local merchant who says he knows how to spot the fake bills is warning other merchants in the area.

“When you touch fake bills, you will notice that the surface is different from other bills. Also, when you look through it at sunlight, you will not see a clear image of HM the King in the black space as in genuine bills.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    Issan John

    Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 1:35 pm

    Thaiger, I think that’s “BLANK space”, as in the source, not “BLACK space”.

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    Jack

    Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    Lol, it feels more like photocopy paper. Paper govt issued currency is the biggest scam and theft ever perpetrated on the people of this planet. Gold, silver, crypto are the only real money. Paper and central bank digital currency is used to steal and extract resources from hard working people… why people don’t know this and still use the scam monopoly money is beyond my comprehension.

    If i print money, I go to jail, but when they print money, they get a new house, car, and a boat and live a good life by being closest to the cash printer.

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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 bachelorโ€™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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20 people arrested at Pattaya restaurant for allegedly violating alcohol ban

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Police in Pattaya arrested 20 people last night at a local restaurant where alcohol was reportedly being sold. While Chon Buri recently eased disease control restrictions, now allowing restaurants in the province to offer dine-in services again, alcohol sales and consumption at restaurants are still prohibited.

Saewana restaurant was raided at around 11pm last night by officers from Pattaya and the Banglamung district station. Alcohol was served in glasses and the bottles were hidden, police say.

Pattaya News says all 20 people at the restaurant were arrested, including the owner. They face charges for allegedly violating the provincial disease control order. Those who violate the Emergency Decree could face a hefty fine or even imprisonment.

A police officer who spoke to a Pattaya News reporter said that there is a zero-tolerance policy for alcohol consumption at restaurants as the policy has been made clear to the public.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

 

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Man arrested for allegedly exchanging fake US bills for 1.2 million baht

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A man was arrested in Bangkok for allegedly exchanging counterfeit foreign bank notes at a currency exchange kiosk, taking off with 1.2 million baht.

Police say Thanat Amatawimut, a 42 year old building contractor, exchanged 360 fake $100 USD bills for 1.2 million baht at a kiosk in Bangkok back in 2019. The staff accepted the cash, but later realised the bills were fake and attempted to contact Thanat. A complaint was later filed at the Lumpini police station. The Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant last October.

Thanat was arrested in Bangkok’s Chatuchak district yesterday. He denied the charges.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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British tourists come forward about being attacked on Koh Tao in 2013

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Many continue to contend that Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo, the 2 Burmese young men convicted for the 2014 murder of 2 tourists on Koh Tao’s Sairee Beach, are innocent. Now 2 tourists who were attacked on the same beach, just a year before the murder, are now coming forward to help prove that the conviction could have been unreliable.

In September 2014, the bodies of British tourists 23 year old Hannah Witheridge and 24 year old David Miller were found on the beach. Police say Hannah had been raped and David had been hit several times on the head with a garden hoe.

Zaw and Wai were arrested soon after the killings. Some say the investigation was accelerated in an effort to gain back tourist confidence and keep visitors coming to the island. Numerous activists, criminologists, and others have spoken out against the conviction, saying the evidence was bungled.

Just a year before, British tourists Sam Venning and Carla Bartel survived an attack on the same beach. Sam, who was 22 at the time, was talking to Carla, who was 20, on the beach when 2 men wearing V for Vendetta masks attacked them, hitting Sam in the head with a rock.

Sam and Carla came forward to Thai officials after the killings to help with the investigation, but say no one got back to them. Sam says he had emailed the Thai Embassy in London, but no one contacted him. Carla says she contacted the UK Foreign Commonwealth Office who then passed her on to the UK National Crime Agency. She was told that the information was sent to Thai police, but officers did not follow up with her.

SOURCE: Mirror.UK

 

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