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Tourist sniffs a new scam after Walking Street on-the-spot litter fine

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A new scam? The ‘spot fine for littering’ scam?

An Iranian tourist is voicing his suspicions after being fined for littering on a Pattaya walking street early today (Wednesday) by men who are claiming to be Pattaya City officials, but failed to issue a receipt.

32 year old Shahrokh Assadizadldleh has lodged an official complaint at a Pattaya police station at 3.30am.

Speaking via an interpreter, the tourist said he was strolling on Pattaya’s Walking Street when a group of men dressed like officials approached him and demanded he pay a fine of 2,000 baht for dropping a cigarette butt.

The men took him to a desk of officials in front of the Siam Bayshore Resort to pay the fine. He says he paid it but the officials didn’t give him a receipt.

The tourist then led police and reporters to the booth of Pattaya City officials at the spot, but none of them knew anything about the fine. The officials said fines were not normally collected at the booth but instead paid at the Pattaya City Office.

Police then led the Iranian tourist to City Hall to issue him with an official receipt for the fine. An official complained that he had to pay from his own pocket to get the receipt issued. Police have so far been unable to identify who took the tourist’s money.

SOURCE: The Nation

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Pattaya men allegedly posed as police officers, extorted 50,000 baht from a woman

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A group of 4 men in Pattaya allegedly posed as police officers and extorted 50,000 baht from a woman. The 20 year old woman says the men claiming to be police officers raided her condominium and a friend visiting had drugs in his possession.

In the report filed with Pattaya City Police, the woman says the men asked both her and her friend for a bribe of 25,000 baht each. If they didn’t pay up, the men said they would arrest them on drug charges, according to the complaint. The woman says she gave the men 50,000 baht.

The men who allegedly posed as police officers were not in uniform and did not show any identification or badges, the woman says. After giving it some thought, the woman became suspicious and decided to file a complaint with police. Police are still investigating.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

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Baby’s corpse found at garbage tip in Pattaya

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Pattaya residents made a grisly find today at the Nongprue Municipality tip this morning. Whilst digging for items they could recycle and sell, they discovered the dead body of a baby. Police are now launching an investigation for the individual responsible. Nongprue Police were notified of the discovery of the corpse of the newborn baby at the garbage dump at the Nongprue Municipality tip this morning.

Emergency responders arrived at the municipal garbage dump to find the body of the baby inside a black plastic bag amongst all the other garbage. 38 year old Sirithon Tapjeen, who made the horrifying discovery, told The Pattaya News that she and some associates were searching for plastic bottles to sell for recycling.

She says she “smelled something rotten before realising that it was a dead newborn baby”.

Police are now trying to find the infant’s mother and anyone associated with the dumping of the body at the site.

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32 year old recovers in hospital after tiger attack in Pattaya

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A 32 year old man is lucky to be alive after being attacked by a tiger yesterday whilst feeding it at the Elephant Kingdom park in Pattaya. Only quick action from park staff prevented the man from being mauled and killed by the animal. Emergency responders were called to the scene at around 3.30pm at the Elephant Kingdom in Huay Yai, Banglamung.

The injured man, named as Thitiphong Makkarom, suffered injuries to his legs, arms side of his face. He was rushed to hospital. Friends and fellow workers say that Thitiphong was feeding 3 tigers inside a cage as normal. The park has been closed due to the lack of tourists. They told reporters that Thitiphong had never had problems with these tigers before.

But one of the tigers “jumped” at the worker and started attacking him, apparently unprovoked. Nearby staff saw what was happening and rushed to help pull him away from the attacking tiger. Their quick action probably saved him from being killed.

The Elephant Kingdom Park has been closed since the start of the outbreak of the coronavirus in Thailand back in March. But staff have remained employed to continue feeding and taking care of the animals. The incident is now being investigated and police say they will interview Thitiphong when he is able to speak to them.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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