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Man forbidden from getting on underground for drinking says he is using the train rather than drink and drive

A video of a man arguing with officials on the Bangkok MRT (underground) is causing a huge amount of comment online.

The video shows the man angry that the guards are trying to prevent him from getting on a train because he has been drinking.

But he explains that he is doing this to avoid drinking and driving.

Sanook reported that the clip was posted to the page of “Chaiwat Chantasakuldetch” and has been widely shared and commented upon.

The poster said: “The argument got louder and louder until three officials got involved. At first I thought it was good that they were not allowing drunks on the railway until the guy explained: ‘I decided not to drive and take the train because I have been drinking. I haven’t annoyed anyone. In Japan they wouldn’t stop me from getting on a train’ “.

The poster added: “Ok so he had had a drink – so what. He was not causing any trouble. Maybe the guards were under orders to prevent trouble.”

Sanook reported it was not known if the man did indeed miss his train or was escorted from the station. But they said that the guards threatened him with a breath test by police to which he said incredulously: “That’s for drunk drivers!”

Online comment fell into two camps. Those who said it was good that the man was using public transport and those who were worried that he might have caused trouble for others on the network.

Thai VisaSanook

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