Coming into Ekamai bus station on the return trip from Rayong, I noticed two policemen sitting on a bench. It took a while to finally disembark, and looking around for a taxi, I saw the same two policemen sitting on the same bench vigorously going through the bags and belongings of two young backpackers.
Last month, my best friend was suddenly confronted by a policemen who appeared out of nowhere and who took his camera bag and scattered the contents on the pavement in front of the Rama IV Lotus, accusing him of having pornographic images in his memory card! My friend got scared and worried that drugs might be ''found'', so he opted to pay off the policeman.
My son had a similar encounter in front of his university campus. A policeman snatched my son's bag, but thanks to his muscular body and his young age, he snatched the bag back and pushed the policemen, shouting in Thai to back off. Perhaps this surprised the policeman. Luckily my son was able to walk away.
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