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Fake monk with the catchphrase “Wanna die do you?” arrested thanks to social media

Police in Bangkok arrested a man posing as a monk after he was recognized from previous cons caught on camera and spread on social media.

Niwat, 53, was known because of his catchphrase used to those you challenged his validity: Wanna die do you? (Yaak taay chai mai).

He was also armed with a sword hidden in his robes.

A member of the public remembered seeing him on social media ripping off the public on the Skytrain, at a boat stop in Asoke and a branch of Big C.

So when he was seen at Klong Tom market in Charoen Krung Road on Sunday the cops were called.

Niwat had no ID to say he was a monk and admitted he was a fraud. He had a sword hidden about his person.

He said he had been arrested by railway police back in 2011 but didn’t know what else he could do to make a living so had gone back to his old ways.

He said he moved around the capital and took his showers at Mor Chit 2 bus station.

He claimed to share his food donations with other homeless people though he kept all the money he got for himself.

He was charged with pretending to be a monk and having a weapon in a public place and detained.




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