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Women smash up pickup blocking their driveway

BANGKOK: Two women who used an axe and a metal pole to attack a parked pickup truck that was blocking their driveway in Prawet district of Bangkok are facing charges of property damage and intimidating the owner-driver.

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Bangkok Post

Tuesday 20 February 2018, 06:10PM

One of the women takes to the pick up truck with a metal pole. Photo: Screengrab of video by Debbie Saengyoktrakarn / Facebook
One of the women takes to the pick up truck with a metal pole. Photo: Screengrab of video by Debbie Saengyoktrakarn / Facebook

The incident was videoed and the clip went viral on social media.

The pickup’s driver, meanwhile, faces a fine for parking the vehicle in way that blocked traffic.

Col Alongkorn Sirisongkhram, chief of Prawet Police Station, said yesterday (Feb 19) that the damaged truck’s driver lodged a complaint with police on Sunday (Feb 18).

Rachanikorn Lertwasana, 37, told investigators she parked her vehicle in directly front of the driveway entry gate to house No 37/208 on Soi Srinakarin 55 about 11:15am on Sunday, before going shopping at a nearby market.

Ms Rachanikorn, who is from Samut Sakhon province, claimed she thought the house was deserted because there were numerous announcements posted on the twin gates, which were fastened with wire.

It was her habit to apply the parking brake anytime she parked her vehicle, but she regretted doing so because it angered the two women who wanted to drive out of the house, but could not move the truck out of the way.

She told police she returned to the vehicle only 10 minutes later, to find onlookers surrounding her truck and the two women busily smashing it up. Some were using their phones to video the incident.

One woman used an axe and the other used a long metal pole, Ms Rachanikorn said. When she tried to calm them down by apologising and giving them a wai, the two women threatened to hurt her.

Someone else had to escort her away from the two angry women, she said.

Col Alongkorn said the owner of the house had a history of filing police complaints over similar incidents in which a parked car had blocked the entry gate on four occasions in the past three years. But no such violence had been reported before.

He said although the truck driver had not violated the traffic regulation prohibiting parking in that area between 6am and 10am, she still faced a fine of B500 for parking in a manner that obstructed traffic.

The two women in the video clip, later identified by police as Ratanachat Saengyoktrakarn, 61, and Ranee Saengyoktrakarn, 57, were being summonsed to answer charges of damaging private property, intimidation and carrying weapons in public.

Ms Ratanachat and Ms Ranee called a press conference this morning (Feb 20) in front their house, saying the family had been suffering from the problem of irresponsible parking for nearly a decade.

“We had to smash up the truck to protect our rights,” they agreed. They did not feel they were overreacting in attacking the vehicle because the truck driver had hesitated over moving it out of the way even after she returned to it.

The two said they had first called police to complain their gate was blocked again, but no officials came to the scene.

In previous similar cases, sick family members could not be rushed to hospital simply because someone had blocked the gate with their car, they said.

They also claimed they had first waited about half an hour for the truck driver to return, and then honked their car horn repeatedly for another half an hour to draw the truck driver's attention.

When the owner eventually returned she told them she did hear the horn honking, but still wasn’t done with her shopping at the market, they said.

The two women also refused to pay Ms Rachanikorn compensation for the damage to the truck, estimated at B50,000. They said the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration had to pay it, for its failure to enforce land use laws in the housing estate, the Seri Villa.

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SueYu2 | 21 February 2018 - 14:01:28

Someone's lying as the driver says she returned after about 10 mins while the dark destroyers say it was 1 hour according to the report.

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Kurt | 21 February 2018 - 11:31:56

As we learn from the Transport Bureau driving license video, it is not allowed to park you car at any time closer than 5 meters to a mail box and car entrances of houses.
If the women called RTP, and RTP is doing nothing, refusing to enforce the law, than we are back to square one problem in thai society. The RTP. That Colonel confirmed it.

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Discover Thainess | 21 February 2018 - 09:42:54

Good on them, the back story to this of their father dying as he couldn’t get to hospital when blocked in previously sheds some light on their actions. The “me first” attitude in thailand is a disgrace, maybe this will start to teach people to be more considerate of others 

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