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A restaurant owner in Hat Yai telephoned the police after three men dressed as cops arrived at his shop seeking what they called “donations”.
The men said they were reporters from “The Police Magazine” and to celebrate the magazine’s 17th anniversary the public were being asked to donate 2-3000 baht to a good cause – the police.
The restaurant owner smelt an extortion rat immediately. Pol Capt Phaisan Hanirae arrived to check the credentials of the so called reporters.
They had a fancy police car fixed with a siren, logos and stickers for the magazine. It had Bangkok plates.
Leading the group was “assistant editor” Thanakrit Teuting who denied it was an extortion attempt.
He didn’t know why the restaurant owner was getting in such a tizzy over people asking for a donation.
When he suggested it looked like a blackmail attempt a furious argument developed and Capt Phaisan took them all in to the station to resolve it.
But now that the restaurant owner has registered a formal complaint an investigation is underway into the activities of the “police reporters”.
In a later report Thai Rath said the investigation was ongoing.