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The four British men arrested for stealing in Koh Samui have been released on bail.
On Wednesday morning the four were released after each paying a bail deposit of 150,000 baht.
At the police station, after being provided with an English translator, the men explained that they had tried to pay for the goods in a local shop with a credit card. After several attempts to use the card machine the men left the shop without the card payment having been accepted. They say they never had any intention of stealing the goods and had more than adequate funds available to pay for their purchases. All charges of leaving a resort without settling the bill have been dropped.
The men now hope the case is processed quickly through the tourist court in Samui and that any accusations of them disrespecting Thai culture are dropped. They have expressed shock at national media who have portrayed them as thieves and criminals when, they say, they were simply involved in a situation was blown out of all proportion over a misunderstanding with regards to a credit card payment and the language barrier when they were arrested.