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The Thai government led by prime minister Prayut Chan-ocha is set to crackdown on yet another evil in Thai society.
Gambling for cuddly toys.
This time it is in the form of those machines with a crane that people put ten baht in to grab cartoon character toys like Pikachu and Doraemon.
A court has ruled that the machines are nothing more than gambling and should be cleared from stores nationwide. They are just like slot machines, said the court.
Parents have complained that their kids are constantly pestering them for money to feed their gambling habit.
And the mafia is involved – Manager said in their story that they were behind the lucrative money making machines.
Manager called on Prayut – when he has formed his new government – to crack down on this social evil.
The machines are all over the country and the court ruling now leaves no doubt.
Moves in Chiang Mai and Udon Thani in particular have already seen many machines cleared away.
Now they look set to be targeted nationwide.
Meanwhile a video on YouTube featured some Thais who said it was just a fun game of skill and there was no harm in it.