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An ordinary community cleanup operation ended up in the national news after residents of an Udon Thani community found a bag full of shredded banknotes.
It looks like money. It feels like money. It must be money. Residents of Udon Thani’s Phichai Rak community show police their find. YUTTAPONG KUMNODNAE
According to Ms Chuenjai Boradi, president of the Phichai Rak community in Udon Thani city, yesterday’s garbage cleanup was supposed to be just another community service activity. She had called for residents to help clean the local roadside areas as they do once each month. What they found, however, quickly became a story for national newspapers and television.
While the residents were doing their cleanup next to Udon Pichairak school, they found a green plastic bag next to a garbage container. As they put in the container, it ripped open, revealing a large mass of shredded green paper. It looked suspiciously like banknotes, but they couldn’t be completely sure, so they called other residents to take a look. All were agreed that it was indeed shredded money, so they called police to investigate.
Police Caption Wisanu Pimpote of the Muang Udon Thani police station said that a close inspection revealed that it was a mix of 20 baht and 100 baht notes, possibly totaling as much as 500,000 baht. He said it was impossible for him to determine if the money was real or counterfeit and was having the shredded paper sent for further examination.
According to television reports this morning, however, the mystery has been solved. The paper is from real banknotes that were taken out of circulation and shredded several years ago. The owner is a former national bank official who had asked to keep a portion of the shredded money. Apparently a house maid thought it was waste paper and took it out to the garbage container.
From stories in Post Today, Matichon and on TV Channel 3
residents – people who live in a particular area ประชาชนที่อาศัยในท้องที่
community – the people living in one particular area ชุมชน
banknote – paper money ธนบัตร
mystery – not explained or known สิ่งที่ไม่สามารถอธิบายได้, ความแปลกประหลาด, ลึกลับ
local – in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about ท้องถิ่น
container – something used for storing or holding things, for example a box, bottle, or bowl ภาชนะใส่ของ, หีบบรรจุ, ถัง
rip – to tear something quickly ฉีก
reveal – to show something that was covered, hidden or not known ทำให้ปรากฎ
mass – a large amount of something ปริมาณมาก
shred – to cut or tear something into small pieces ตัดหรือฉีกเป็นชิ้นๆ
suspiciously – in a way that makes you believe that something is wrong, dangerous or illegal อย่างน่าสงสัย
indeed – used to emphasize a positive statement or answer อย่างแท้จริง, โดยแท้จริงแล้ว
investigate – to try to find out the facts about something in order to learn the truth about it ตรวจสอบหาความจริง
inspection – the act of looking closely at something or someone and to check that everything is as it should be; examination การตรวจสอบอย่างละเอียด
determine – to discover something by examining evidence to or calculate something กำหนด, ระบุ, แสดงผล
counterfeit – illegally copied in order to trick people การปลอมแปลงเอกสาร
solve – to find the correct answer or explanation for something หาคำตอบได้
circulation – the passing of money from one person to another การหมุนเวียนของเงินสด, กระแสเงิน
portion – a part of something ส่วน
apparently – based only on what you have heard or think, not on what you are certain is true; seemingly ตามที่ได้รู้มา