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Kim Hye Rin gets her purse back from Somkriet Wonkaonoi

Illegal Phuket Cabbie Shows Honesty by Returning Tourist's Lost Purse Fast

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
PHUKET: Phuket's illegal cabbies may not have a great reputation for service and low fares but the honesty of one of them cannot be questioned.

Somkriet Wonkaonoi, 51, picked up Korean tourist Kim Hye Rin and her family from Suriyawong Circle in Old Phuket Town about noon yesterday and took them for his, ahem, guided tour of Phuket.

After doing a circuit, he dropped his passengers at Jungceylon shopping mall in Patong, the holiday town on Phuket's west coast.

Almost at the same time that Ms Kim was discovering that she'd left her purse in the taxi, driver Khun Somkriet was discovering the purse on his back seat.

The result: the Korean tourist who lost her purse and the Phuket taxi driver who found it turned up at Kathu Police Station, which oversees Patong, within moments of each other yesterday evening.

''I thought I would never see it again,'' said Ms Kim. ''I'm so grateful to find that Phuket has honest taxi drivers.

''We will tell people when we get back that the people here have been extremely good to us.''


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this is so suprisingly that it valued as news...

Posted by frog on August 27, 2013 12:14

Editor Comment:

You'll find ''honest taxi driver'' stories all over the world, frog. I guess honest people like to be reminded they're not the only ones.


I think it makes excellent news, happy news for change amongst all the gloom.

Posted by Fiesty Farang on August 27, 2013 13:55


Maybe this guy's status should beautomatically upgraded to legitamacy

Posted by sky on August 27, 2013 19:15


For honesty the driver gets 10 points, BUT, even though the DSI are in town, this guy goes to the police station, drives a "black" taxi and NOTHING is done. Amazing, just what does it take to get through not only to the drivers/owners, but also the police that the laws are to be obeyed and enforced.

Posted by DSI Watch on August 27, 2013 19:29


Agree! Make him legit and give him green plates! Ed, up to you to pass our recommendations to authority...

Posted by Swede from Malmo on August 27, 2013 22:14

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