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TNews quoted Pattaya station chief Apichai Krobpetch as imploring Thais in Pattaya not to take the law into their own hands and attack tourists in the resort.
It will spoil the image of Pattaya, he said.
They may be drunk and in the wrong but Thais should call the cops to sort out disagreements, noted the chief.
Police Colonel Apichai was speaking in reference to a fight between Thai fake watch sellers and tourists.
He said that the case fell into two parts – the selling of fake gear and the assaults.
He said his men were continually on the case of fake goods sellers and this time would be no different.
As far as the assault goes he admitted that it was started by the Thais who would be fined 5,000 baht each. The tourists – and he mentioned seven people – were fined 1,000 baht each for their part in the melee.
None of those involved complained about that.
TNews showed a video of the chief speaking that was cut short. But in the body of their story about the matter they quoted him as saying to his compatriots:
“Tourists come to visit Thailand. They may be drunk at times and you may not understand them. Call the cops if there is a problem or laws are broken.
“Don’t attack tourists as this will damage the image of tourism in Pattaya”.