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Policeman stars in “coffee money” video
- Published: 30 Nov 2012 at 09.33
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A hidden mobile device catches a traffic policeman asking for money and the owner posts the video clip on YouTube.
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"I won't issue the ticket but you can show me a little kindness." From YouTube video" uploaded by hatethaipolice.
Policeman stars in “coffee money” video
With so many mobile devices like smartphones around these days which are capable of filming and recording conversations, traffic police may soon be a little more careful in how they deal with the public.
One policeman will for sure.
He is now the unfortunate star of a widely-viewed YouTube video. In it, he appears to asking for what Thai speakers call "tea money," or what English speakers call a "bribe".
The video was uploaded by a YouTube channel user named hatethaipolice on Thursday.
In the clip, the motorist was stopped by the officer, presumably somewhere in Bangkok.
The motorist handed a document and his driver's licence to the officer and explained to him that his car was new and did not have a regular licence plate yet.
The officer then told the motorist that he did not need to read the document and that he was guilty for not registering his car with the Land Transport Department and for strapping items to the roof of the vehicle.
"Do you want me to issue a ticket?" the officer asked.
"Issue it," the driver replied.
The officer did not issue the ticket and then asked the driver where he was going.
The driver told him that he was going to Chachoengsao province and he was an employee of a telephone company.
The policeman then made an offer to the driver and said, "I won't issue the ticket but you can show me a little kindness."
He then asked for 300 baht to buy coffee.
Another man in the car told the officer that it would be better to issue the ticket.
The driver added that his company would pay the fine.
"I'll let you go this time," the policeman told them.
Adapted from a story from bangkokpost.com
mobile – able to move or be moved around ซึ่งเคลื่อนที่ได้ง่าย
device – a machine or piece of equipment that does a particular job อุปกรณ์ เครื่องมือ เครื่องจักร
capable – able to do something มีความสามารถ
deal with – to take appropriate action in a particular situation or according to who you are talking to, managing, etc. รับมือ
the public – people in general ประชาชน, สาธารณชน, มหาชน
unfortunate – unlucky โชคร้าย, เคราะห์ไม่ดี
bribe – money or a present given to someone so that they will help you doing something dishonest or illegal สินบน
presumably – used for saying that you think something is true based on what you know, although you are not really certain น่าเป็นไปได้, ซึ่งพอเป็นจริงได้
document – a paper or set of papers with written or printed information, especially of an official type เอกสาร
licence – an official document that gives someone permission to do or use something ใบอนุญาต
driver’s licence – a document or card that indicates a person is legally able to drive a car ใบขับขี่
licence plate – a flat piece of metal or plastic on the front and back of a vehicle that shows its license number แผ่นป้ายทะเบียนรถยนต์
guilty – proven to have committed a crime มีความผิด
register – to put your name and other information on an official list in order to be allowed to do something, e.g., vote, study, stay in a hotel etc ลงทะเบียน
strap – to hold or keep someone or something in position by tying a strap around them รัดด้วยสายหนัง
item – a single article or object รายการ, รายการสิ่งของ
issue – to officially give out ออก
ticket – an official notice that orders you to pay a fine because you have done something illegal while driving or parking your car ใบสั่ง สำหรับผู้กระทำผิดกฎจราจร
employee – someone who is paid regularly to work for a person or an organisation ลูกจ้าง
offer – an act of saying that you are willing to do something for somebody or give something to somebody เสนอเพื่อให้พิจารณา
fine – an amount of money that you have to pay because you have broken the law ค่าปรับ