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Thai honesty: Undeniable proof at last as Somchai the minivan driver returns everything to Japanese tourist

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Thai honesty: Undeniable proof at last as Somchai the minivan driver returns everything to Japanese tourist

 

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Picture: The Pattaya News

 

Posters on online forums that claim examples of Thai honesty are fabricated were dealt a crushing blow yesterday in Pattaya. 

 

A Japanese tourist was video-ed giving his heartfelt appreciation to a minivan driver, the Department of Land Transport (DLT) and the Pattaya Tourist Police. 

 

Ryochi Mihashi, 46, had taken a minivan from the bus station in Rayong to South Pattaya. 

 

But he left his bag in the van - it contained 4,100 baht, US 440, 56,000 yen, a phone, a notebook and other items. 

 

The hero of the hour was driver Somchai Bunsiri who handed the bag into the DLT on Sunday. 

 

With help from the Japanese Embassy the DLT and the cops Mihashi-san was traced. 

 

A video showed him ensuring everything was in place - it WAS down to the very last baht. 

 

As a smiling Lt-Col Piyapong Ensarn, chief of the Pattaya Tourist police, looked on the delighted Japanese tourist confirmed that all was in order. 

 

Then in broken English he said a "very, very thank you" to the driver, the DLT and the police. 

 

Some people online claim that such stories are set-ups made to present Thailand in a good light after negative press. And minivan drivers often face the brunt of bad stories about their driving. 

 

Now, Thaivisa notes, the truth is finally out!

 

Source: The Pattaya News

 

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Very, very thank you to the Pattaya News for bringing us this story. 

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When we are open to it many acts of kindness, generosity, and honesty are right there in the open. Happy for the Japanese visitor, he got back what was his. And grateful to the minivan driver for his honesty. 

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6 hours ago, webfact said:

Now, Thaivisa notes, the truth is finally out!

What truth is that, one van driver did the right thing expected of him!

Good show and all that, better than the buses where somebody scavenges around in the luggage hold pilfering from bags!

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One extremely lucky Japanese ! This sort of Thai dishonesty has a long way to go before becoming honesty! They love to be portrayed as good old honest people don’t they ?! Totally full of it, you can judge it by the photo shoot, please grow up and act your age !

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I don't see a minivan driver in the picture, only 4 police guys and the tourist. So yes , staged.

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I know the story is important, but all I could think when looking at the photo was, ‘he’s rather tall for a Japanese guy’ - unless the Thais are all midgets 

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Guys, don't you think it's high time you stopped being so skeptical about all this recent honesty?

 

It's really happening!

 

OK, perhaps there are some minor issues we're not aware of, like perhaps the honest folk who return this money are compensated in some way, unknown to us farangs?

 

Perhaps the word went out to taxi drivers that the powers that be in Thailand will ensure some type of wonderful benefits to these honest Thai folk?

 

In any case, if it was my money or belongings that were lost, and returned to me, I for one, would be extremely grateful, how about you guys?

 

As the saying goes, don't look a gift horse in the mouth, ok folks?

 

My two cents, duly deposited.

 

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Now if only they could show you the video of the same asshat driver and his co-workers driving like complete cockwombles when they drive through Ban Chang on the way from Rayong to Pattaya that would be far more like reality!!

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