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Wat Chalong Fair vendors arrested for gambling

Wat Chalong Fair vendors arrested for gambling

PHUKET: Police have arrested 18 people, mostly stall vendors, for gambling at Wat Chalong, gathering each night after the events for the ongoing Wat Chalong Fair shut down.

By The Phuket News

Friday 27 January 2023, 09:23AM

Officers from Region 8 Police and Chalong Police arrived at the popular temple, officially called Wat Chaithararam, at about 3:30am yesterday (Jan 26) to make the arrests.

The officers found the gamblers in three groups in front of the temple, with two of the groups playing cards and the third group playing Hi-Lo.

Seized as evidence were playing cards, dice and cash.

Most of the 18 were vendors with stalls set up as part of the annual Wat Chalong Fair, which began last Saturday (Jan 21), police noted.

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Each night after the events and entertainment at the fair shut down, the gamblers assembled for entertainment of their own.

All 18 were taken to Chalong Police Station to be charged with illegal gambling, officers confirmed.

The seven-day Wat Chalong Fair and its activities will conclude tonight (Jan 27).

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Kurt | 29 January 2023 - 08:15:58

Laws must have a purpose. Many laws with a purpose are not enforced. ( think about salengs). This anti card play law serves no purpose. Is just idiot powerplay/control nonsense Remember the arrested retired foreign bridge players in Pattaya? Pathetic.

ematt | 28 January 2023 - 17:22:18

PN commenters who constantly complain about laws not being enforced, now complaining about the law being enforced. What were you saying about hypocrisy, Kurt?

JohnC | 28 January 2023 - 09:23:22

Not hurting anyone but themselves. So what if they want to play a few games to unwind. Only arrested because they didn't have enough money to 'pay off' the storm troopers in brown to go away.

harald | 27 January 2023 - 17:11:13

very good and done right by the police

Prab | 27 January 2023 - 12:13:13

police can extort money to anyone but few poor fellas that wanna play a game after work they get arrested... make perfectly sense 

Kurt | 27 January 2023 - 10:09:41

And the Thai 'guardianship'/treament of people who peaceful gamble, not harm anyone, goes on and on. It are adults, let them! What causes more damage, corrupt police or hardwerker vendors playing games in their free time? The hypocrisy drips off.


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