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Jail for a can of soft drink: A Phuket woman wants to go to prison

Phuket Heists See Two Million Baht Taken, and a Can of Soft Drink

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
PHUKET: A contrast in fortunes came on Phuket today after two thefts, one in which goods valued at two million baht were taken, and the other in which a can of soft drink was stolen.

The thefts involve two women.

One woman probably does not want to go to Phuket Prison but almost certainly will. The other woman? She wants to go to jail. And she probably will.

Jutapit Raman, 47, walked into a 7-Eleven store in Sai Yuan Road, Rawai, today. She marched straight to the refrigerator, selected a can of soft drink, and put it in her bag.

Apprehended when she did not pay before leaving, Khun Jutapit told police at Chalong, in southern Phuket: ''I want to go to jail.''

She has no money, she says. Her rebellious adopted daughter, now a teenager, went off with the family motorcyce and what little cash Khun Jutapit had left.

''Put me in jail,'' she told police.

Yupa Waiyasit, a little older at 58, is extremely well off by comparison. She went to police in Patong yesterday about 3pm after her home was raided by thieves.

Gone was 200,000 baht in cash and jewellery worth about two million baht.

Looking for likely culprits, she suggested a young Burmese, Wandee, who had worked for her as a cleaner and cook until three month ago.

When police went to Wandee's apartment off Rat U Tit 200 Pi Road in Patong, they found most of the stolen goods. She had already pawned some, and confessed today.

Police expect both women will be sent to Phuket Prison.


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The lady who took the soft drink might be better off with counselling. She clearly is distressed, jail will probably not help and the cost to the Thai government and therefore the tax payer is more. Is there no flexiblity under Thai Law for small theft?

Posted by Adam on May 23, 2012 16:52


There's total flexibilty. Just depends in "who you are".

Posted by Barry on May 23, 2012 18:28

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