Man fined for beach joyride

A capture from a video shows a black car being driven on Kamala beach in Phuket. (Photo supplied/Achadthaya Chuenniran)
A capture from a video shows a black car being driven on Kamala beach in Phuket. (Photo supplied/Achadthaya Chuenniran)

A Thai tourist has been fined after reportedly ignoring a lifeguard's warning and driving a car along Phuket's Kamala beach.

A video of his escapade was posted on social media on Monday, and sparked outrage. Many people assumed the man behind the wheel was a foreigner and severely criticised him.

Police said the motorist was a Thai man they identified only as Prasopchok, 39. He owned a convenience store in Bangkok and was holidaying in Phuket with his family. The man had been charged with reckless driving and fined 1,000 baht.

Mr Prasopchok had told police that he thought driving on the beach was allowed. He went to Phuket with his two children and wanted them to get a close-up view of the sea at Kamala beach.

He also expressed his regrets over the incident, police said.

The Phuket News reported that a lifeguard had approached the car and signalled the driver to leave the area, but was ignored.

Vocabulary

  • allow: to let somebody/something do something; to let something happen or be done - อนุญาต, ยอมรับ
  • assume: to accept something to be true without question or proof - ทึกทักเอา, คิดว่าเป็นจริง,
  • convenience store: a shop/store that sells food, newspapers, etc. and often stays open 24 hours a day - ร้านสะดวกซื้อ
  • criticised: receiving words of disapproval over something that you have supposedly done wrong - ถูกวิจารณ์, โดนว่า
  • escapade (noun): an exciting adventure (often one that people think is dangerous or stupid); something exciting or dangerous that someone is involved in - การกระทำที่น่าตื่นเต้นและกล้าบ้าบิ่น, การออกนอกลู่นอกทาง
  • ignore: to fail to pay attention to; to pretend that you have not noticed or do not know about something - เพิกเฉย
  • lifeguard (noun): a person who is employed at a beach or a swimming pool to rescue people who are in danger in the water - ผู้ดูแลความปลอดภัยในการทำกิจกรรมนันทนาการทางน้ำ และช่วบชีวิตคนตกน้ำ
  • outrage: extreme anger - ความโกรธอย่างรุนแรง
  • reckless (adj): doing something dangerous and not worrying about the risks and the possible results - ชะล่าใจ, เสี่ยง, ไม่ยั้งคิด
  • regret: a feeling of sadness about something sad or wrong or about a mistake that you have made, and a wish that it could have been different and better - ความโทมนัส,ความเสียใจ,ความเศร้าโศก
  • severely: very seriously - อย่างรุนแรง
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