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Thailand’s shame: “We should be like farangs and keep our own country clean”

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Thailand’s shame: “We should be like farangs and keep our own country clean” | Samui Times

A western woman was secretly filmed picking up litter in Phuket.

But amid the standard praise for someone from abroad doing such a thing came something else. 

Comments of shame on behalf of the Thai people.

And posts that Thais need to be more responsible like westerners when it comes to littering. 

The unnamed woman was on a bike ride and was filmed for nearly two minutes conscientiously filling plastic bags draped over her handlebars with trash. 

She was not after public acclaim for doing what most westerners would consider a civic duty.

Comments on the “Voice of Phuket” page praised the woman. 

But among the first of many posters were others like Somyot Raileelot who said:

“Are you ashamed Thai people?”

And Nitchagaan Prkwattanawong who lamented:

“I feel ashamed on behalf of all the messy Thai people. Well done (to this woman)!”

But “Khun Sri” perhaps said it best:

“We should behave like farangs. We should keep our country clean and tidy for visitors in the first place”. 

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