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Millions of Thai people were conned into believing that an act of kindness by a Thai man was the real thing.
In fact it was just a fake – though the poster said it was done with good intentions.
The clip of a man taking off his clothes down to his underwear and donating them to a shivering child in distress outside 7/11 was viewed by 5 million people in one day, reported Thairath.
And a staggering 77,000 people shared the story. Most praised the poster for his charitable attitude in promoting “Thainess”, but some doubted this saying it could have been a set up.
And a set up it was.
Poster Tridanai Saetan admitted to Thai Rath online reporters that the video was staged with his sister on the camera and a neighbor playing the part of the shivering child.
It was shot outside the convenience store at the weekend in Koh Lanta, Krabi.
Tridanai said that he liked to make funny videos and this one was designed to make Thai people think how they could do good for others less fortunate than themselves.