Thai cops accept Bht 20,000 ‘New Year Presents’. Thai social media was in meltdown after a video emerged of eight Nong Khai cops each getting a one baht weight gold necklace from a Nong Khai gold shop owner.
The video shows the cheering and drooling cops – one even behind the barred counter of the shop itself – getting their New Year “presents”. Each necklace is worth about 20,000 baht.
Sanook said that comment online fell into two distinct camps.
Camp #1 asked if that was even legal. Under article 103 wasn’t it illegal for employees of the state to accept gifts over 3,000 baht in value?, they asked.
Camp #2 said it was not a bribe, merely a gift to encourage officers to continue doing a good job.
More about this story as we hear of it. – Sanook