The once thriving Thai beach resort of Pattaya embarrassed itself again after city cops ignored the rampant drugs crime, theft and muggings of foreign tourists, along its emptying streets, and directed their heavy resources to raiding a group of old ladies enjoying a quiet game of cards instead.
This time the gambling miscreants were the wives of foreigners who had set up a gambling den in a house in Choke Chai Village, Bang Lamung.
Bang Lamung district chief Naris Niramaiwong had got wind of it and ordered his minions and a soldier or two to carry out a lightning raid to catch the gamblers.
A video showed the raiding party arrive and catch four middle aged women in the act of playing the Thai card game “Dummy”. The money had been hurriedly removed from the table but the officers soon had it back in place.
Charged with gambling were Phailin Nilsa, 60, Kanokkorn Kornkanok, 56, Wichuda Yaowasri, 47, and EWng-kiaw Sae-jeu, 56.
Three others who were drinking on an adjoining table were let go as there was no evidence they were gambling.
Police took 6,580 baht into evidence along with several packs of cards.
The cops said most of those present were the wives of foreigners, meaning heavy cash fines can be imposed.
The atmosphere seemed quite light-hearted despite the law breaking, reported Siamchon News after the Friday night raid.
But mystery had surrounded the whereabouts of the owner of the house. That mystery was soon solved, however, when a key was obtained and 52 year old Em-orn Siriphong was found cowering in the toilets.
She was also charged, it is believed. Source: Siamchon News