Senator 'sympathises' with Thai chef who chased her out in Iceland
Senator Khunying Porntip Rojanasunan said on Monday she sympathised with the Thai chef who chased her from his restaurant in Iceland, and was not taking legal action against him.
The senator said the incident, widely reported on social and mainstream media, occurred when she and her friends went to a Japanese restaurant in Iceland last week.
As they were about to order the Thai chef ran angrily up to them, holding a mobile phone in a way that suggested he was livestreaming, she said.
"I have experienced so many such incidents, hatred through not knowing each other. I only sympathise with him," Khunying Porntip said.
She had not expected the incident to get publicity, but the man posted the video himself.
She said the man had chased her out as as if she were an animal. He shouted at her in both English and Thai, in front of other customers.
She decided to leave the place right away.
The video went viral on social media over the weekend. In it, chef Ari Alexander Guðjónsson could be seen telling Khunying Porntip to leave the premises immediately, in both Thai and English.
Khunying Porntip abstained in the first round of voting for prime minister, in which Move Forward Party (MFP) leader Pita Limjaroenrat failed failed to secure enough support because most senators abstained or voted against him.
- abstain: to decide not to use your vote - ไม่ออกเสียง
- admire: to respect somebody for what they are or for what they have done - ชมเชย,ยกย่องสรรเสริญ
- condemn: to criticise something or someone strongly - ประนาม
- harass: to keep attacking or annoying someone - รบกวน, ทำให้ลำบากใจ
- premises: the buildings and land that a business or organisation uses - ที่ดินและสิ่งปลูกสร้าง
- publicity: attention in magazines, newspapers, or television - การเผยแพร่
- senator: a member of the Senate - วุฒิสมาชิก
- sympathise with: to approve of and support someone or something - เห็นอกเห็นใจ