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Phuket: More stranded foreigners using free food service

 

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Reporters from Spring News caught up with a Thai man who was at the center of a big online story.

 

Kittikhun had given an omelette and rice to a foreign man. In no time the plate was wolfed down and another foreign couple were sitting down at the soup kitchen in Patong opposite the Royal Paradise Hotel and Spa. 

 

The original customer said he was still hungry so Kittikhun went back in the kitchen and rustled up three more omelettes. 

 

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The food for that session (he works the 11 am and 4 pm shifts) hadn't arrived yet so he had to improvise. 

 

The food is being provided by a local philanthropist and there are a small army of volunteers. 

 

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The tourist police dropped by and promised to find and provide assistance to the tourists that were in difficulty after the online story went viral.

 

Now Kittikhun said that more and more tourists have heard about the free food and are making a beeline for the soup kitchen. 

 

The organizers have even gone so far as to come up with a "non-spicy" Western style menu. 

 

Kittikhun said he had put himself in the Westerners' shoes - it can't be much fun stuck like this in a foreign land. 

 

Source: Spring News

 

 

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4 hours ago, VYCM said:

I am seeing Russians here in Pattaya lining up for free food. 

Why? 

 

The banks are not shut. 

Why not send some Rubles to Thailand. 

Western Union 

Atm's are all working. 

Ask friends or relatives to send you money. 

 

 

No need to be taking free food, leave it for the Thais. 

These poor Thai people have nothing. 

And let stranded foreigners without money starve. Nice of you.

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One learns young to have emergency funds of 3-4 months equivalent to your lifestyle needs (not wants)...

 

no sympathy for tourists or people living check to check (don’t buy mobile or cars or other toys)....

 

hard to imagine taking a vacation and not having Enough/access to funds for staying longer like 3 weeks and resorting to a free food line....

 

feed ‘em to the elephants...

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Really?
Why would foreigners starve?
How did they get here in the first place, do they not have return tickets?

No savings, no family, no friends who can help out?
How would they have eaten if there were no virus, they were all working and earning a living in Thailand?
No.

 

Exactly right, give food away for free, people will take it.

 

It should be for Thais only.

 

 


 

 

 

 

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I appreciate that Thais go out of their way to help stranded foreigners. That will be remembered.

 

But considering that there's a lot of hardship among Thais as well, I think stranded foreigners should try very hard to get funds transferred from family or friends back home. Accepting handouts from locals really should be the very last resort.

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43 minutes ago, toast1 said:

How did they get here in the first place, do they not have return tickets?

They cancelled all the flights.

I was in Cambodia when they cancelled my return flight to Thailand, no help from Air Asia at all.

I went to the airport and managed to convince them to let me on their last flight out.

Most of the others in the hotel didn't even try and do anything, probably still there.

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