UPDATE: Chinese Tourist in Patong Who Lied About a Taxi Driver Stealing His Money Charged for Reporting False Information

Patong –

A Chinese tourist was charged with reporting false information to law enforcement officers after lying about an alleged 20,000 Baht snatch-theft by a taxi motorcycle taxi rider in Patong.

Our previous story:

A Chinese tourist was caught lying about an alleged 20,000 Baht snatch-theft by a taxi motorcycle taxi rider in Patong before later confessing the lie to police.

Now for the update:

The Patong Police told the Phuket Express on Thursday evening (February 8th) that the Chinese tourist admitted that he made up the story because he thought that he could ask for the ‘damages’ as compensation for his time and frustration. He had been upset at what he thought was a high fare for a taxi ride, reportedly around a hundred Baht. (Three US Dollars)

The Chinese tourist and taxi driver had argued over the taxi fare for a significant period of time, angering the Chinese man, who then decided to make up the story and call police as a way to “get back” at the driver. This turned out to be a poor decision as CCTV quickly showed there was no evident theft and later the tourist, under pressure with CCTV footage, admitted to the lie.

The Chinese tourist is facing charges of reporting false information to law enforcement officers. It does not appear that he will face defamation charges at this time unless the taxi driver files fresh legal charges.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.