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.
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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.