Pattaya police chief Apichai Kroppetch told his men to “round up the usual suspects” yesterday ahead of a press conference about the setting up of “Happy Zones”.
His underlings went out in search of high “risk” groups who might steal from tourists and otherwise “damage the image of tourism in Pattaya”, reported Siam News.
They soon came back to Pattaya police station with 50 ladyboys from Soi Bua Khao and Walking Street in South Pattaya.
The chief addressed the group explaining government policy regarding tourism and the Region 2 policing objectives about protecting tourists and their property.
This, said Apichai, was in preparation for the setting up of “Happy Zones” at the resort that would be “the most safe places for tourism”.
The assembled gathering, in front of a sign that proclaims “The performance of important case (sic)”, were left in little doubt that any illegal behavior would not be tolerated
While the ladyboys were at the station two tested positive after urine checks for drugs while one of the fifty was found to be a thief wanted for an earlier theft from a tourist.
“Round up the usual suspects” was an iconic line spoken by the chief of police in the 1942 film classic Casablanca.
Report shared by Siam News & Thai Visa