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Patong taxi driver charged for kicking parked motorbike

Patong taxi driver charged for kicking parked motorbike

PHUKET: A taxi driver in Patong has been charged for causing damage to private property after he kicked a parked motorbike over in a fit of rage, despite the motorbike being legally parked in front of the motorbike owner’s shop.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Tuesday 24 January 2023, 09:00AM

A video recording of the incident was posted online on Sunday (Jan 22), spurring harsh criticism online and accusations that police were ignoring the incident.

In response, Patong Police on Sunday reported that the offender, named by police only as “Mr Sit”, 45, had been brought to Patong Police Station for questioning.

Mr Sit was also tested for drug use, police reported. He tested negative.

Mr Sit, who drives a taxi fitted with green licence plates, indicating that the vehicle may legally operate as a privately hired taxi, said he had parked on Phra Metta Rd (reported online by its pre-formal name ‘Phang Muang Sai Kor Rd’).

He went to leave and found the motorbike parked in front of his vehicle, preventing him from pulling out. This alone spurred his rage that ended with him kicking the motorbike over.

He apologised for the incident.

The owner of the motorbike, Peaow Prachumsawat, 38, said he had parked the motorbike directly in front of his shop while he went inside to install a fan.

He said knew he had parked in front of the taxi, but had left enough room for the taxi to leave easily.

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“I heard the sound of the motorbike falling over and came out to find him [Mr Sit] picking it back up. There wasn’t much damage and I thought he had accidentally bumped the bike with his car.

“He just said, Sorry, sorry’, then got in his car and drove away. But after looking at the CCTV I saw that he had got out of his car and kicked the motorcycle until it fell over,” Mr Peaow said.

“I was confused and angry by the incident. Why was he acting so aggressively? Why didn’t he just ask someone in the shop to move the motorbike? He was not in any mood for negotiating, he was too emotional.

“This parking area is public. Any kind of car can come in front of our shop and park here ‒ I don’t care,” he added.

“I want to ask him to be reasonable about where he parks and who he meets. It’s a bad habit. If he meets someone who is also hot-headed, he doesn’t know how the event will end,” Mr Peaow said.

“I’d like to ask him to control his emotions too,” he added.

“As for the police, they will take the motorbike to assess the cost of repairs so he can have them done,” Mr Peaow concluded.

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ematt | 25 January 2023 - 10:42:33

I think the appropriate sentence would be to make the offender have a personal meeting with Capricorn and Kurt, our resident scolds. 

Capricornball | 25 January 2023 - 09:37:12

One of literally thousands of loose cannons out there, ready to go off over the most trivial reason. People exhibiting this kind of mental instability and volatility are unacceptable traits for anyone responsible for transporting tourists on the island. But this is a PLTO cartel member, and nothing will come of this. In fact, I bet he's sitting in his car at this very moment.

Pooliekev | 24 January 2023 - 18:32:51

I expect that was when you had tiffin at 4pm and children were seen but not heard. 

GerryT81 | 24 January 2023 - 16:52:45

"A bad Phuket unguided projectile "  Jeez Kurt, where did they taught you such kind of writing ?

Kurt | 24 January 2023 - 11:05:44

Such a taxi driver is a bad Phuket unguided 'projectile'. A potential danger for the island, inhabitants and tourists. Did RTP check or he had weapons in his taxi?  This taxi driver is bad for Phuket's tourist image.

JohnC | 24 January 2023 - 09:41:04

Standard practice in Phuket to have aggressive violent taxi drivers. I remember a time when you used to be able to enjoy a peaceful drive on this island with smiling locals everywhere....

German Water Team | 24 January 2023 - 09:38:01

cancel his Taxi licensed this is the only way he understand


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