An Indian was detained in Bangkok for stealing a box of cigarettes in a duty-free shop in Bangkok International Airport.
He had paid for chocolates and a carton of cigarettes. The cashier put a packet of cigarettes extra into his bag and he thought it was a free
pack. He was arrested for shop-lifting and the Thai Police extortion price was 30,000 Bhat for his release. He spent two nights in jail and paid 500 Baht for an air-cond cell, 200-300 baht for each visitor, and 11,000 baht for his final release.
The Police shared the money in front of his eyes.
On top of that, he was charged in court and fined 2,000 baht by the magistrate and handcuffed and escorted to his plane.. His passport was stamped “Thief”.
While there, his relatives requested help from the Indian Embassy and was told that they are helpless, many Asians are victimised similarly daily and letters and phone-calls to the Thai Authorities are
ignored. He shared a cell with a Singaporean the 1st night who paid
60,000 baht for his release. The 2nd night was an Malaysian national who paid 70,000 baht.
Mind you this was not in a shanty shop in downtown Bangkok
but in a duty free shop in Bangkok Int’l Airport.