Man In Thailand Robs Store, Hoping To Be Arrested So He Wouldn’t Starve
A 60-year-old man in Thailand recently caused shockwaves throughout the island nation after he stole from a pharmacy so he would get arrested and go to jail because he was too poor to make ends meet
The bizarre robbery took place on the afternoon of July 29, 2022 at a pharmacy in Chonburi province, south of Bangkok.
The 60-year-old man, identified by the name Phichit by the police, was caught stealing three bars of soap worth THB17 ($0.47) by the staff. The place had very clear warnings against shoplifting, with perpetrators risking fines of up to 30 times the value of the stolen goods and even jail time.
However, in this case, the staff was willing to let the old man off the hook, and a bystander even offered to pay the fine for him. But he wouldn’t have it, insisting that the staff call the police on him…
Phichit demanded that he be arrested for his crime, so the pharmacy staff had no choice but to call the police. During questioning, the man said that he preferred to spend some time behind bars, where he would receive three free meals a day and get to socialize with other people, instead of on the streets, without a job and at a real risk of starving to death.
It’s unclear how police officers chose to deal with the situation, but Phichit’s story served as a reminder of the sad situation many people in Thailand are in at the moment, with inflation hitting the highest level since 2008.
Those of us living in first world countries take so many things for granted. Enjoying a warm meal with our families under a dry roof is a common place for us, yet for so many people in the world it’s something they have never had the opportunity to experience.
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