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Thai temple: Beware the gold leaf/flower selling mafia who force you to buy!

 

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A famous temple in the north east of Thailand is cracking down on what legitimate traders are calling the mafia.

 

Trouble flared and online comment was rife after some Thai tourists at Wat Phra That Phanom said they were threatened after being forced to buy gold leaf, joss-sticks, candles and flowers for merit making ceremonies and prayers. 

 

Some tourists' vehicles were scratched in an apparent act of revenge against those who would not buy.

 

Now the abbot Phra Thepworamanuenee has called in the police and may install CCTV to prevent a repeat of the bad press. 

 

That Phanom chief Pol Col Srinakhon Naiwat said there were just a few bad apples and so far only warnings had been handed out. 

 

Traders said that no one should be forced to part with money.

 

There is a multi-decade tradition of selling items for prayers at the temple and the rogues who are there are part of a mafia group, they claimed.

 

Source: Daily News

 

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3 hours ago, rooster59 said:

Phanom chief Pol Col Srinakhon Naiwat said there were just a few bad apples and so far only warnings had been handed out. 

There's the problem, Naiwat should do his job and start making arrests 🙄

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6 hours ago, rooster59 said:

There is a multi-decade tradition of selling items for prayers at the temple and the rogues who are there are part of a mafia group, they claimed.

So get the police to do their job and move them out.... unless.....?

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