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"The pink taxi of legend”

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The driver of a pink taxi made famous through the social media for his violent, rude and criminal behaviour has finally been arrested.

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"The pink taxi of legend”

Last June, singer Jirayuth “Max” Kanthayos went onto Instagram to tell of his experience with the driver of a pink taxi.

He alleged the driver almost assaulted him and then extorted money from him.

Mr Jirayuth said the driver was dangerous and was using a pink taxi cab with the licence plate Tor Sor 856 Bangkok.

Soon others began reporting similar experiences with the same taxi driver, posting their stories on the popular webboard where the driver became known as driving “the pink taxi of legend”.

Several victims claimed they had been assaulted, extorted or subjected to the driver's bad manners.

One recent victim said the driver kicked and banged her car after she refused to let him cut into her lane near Makkasan Airport Rail Link Station.

Others said they had filed complaints against the man with Huai Khwang police station and Bang Na police station in June. 

Yesterday afternoon, acting on a tip-off, police in Muang district of Samut Prakan, stopped the pink taxi and arrested the driver.

The man was identified as Thanes Boonsermsub, 37. He was arrested at a police checkpoint.

Mr Thanes told police he was a military officer but drove a taxi to boost his income, Wichit Boonchitwuthikul, chief of Bang Pu police station, said.

Mr Thanes admitted he had undergone treatment for a mental disorder at Somdet Chaopraya Institute of Psychiatry but was now fully recovered.

He admitted to arguing with passengers and assaulting several of them because they were demanding and difficult to handle.

Adapted from a story by Sutthiwit Chayutworakan.

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admit : to agree that something is true, especially when you are unhappy, sorry or surprised about it - ยอมรับ

allege : to say that something is true or that someone has done something wrong, even though this has not been proved - อ้าง, กล่าวหา

argue : to speak angrily to somebody because you disagree with them; to give reasons why you think that something is right/wrong, true/not true, etc, especially to persuade people that you are right - โต้เถียง, โต้แย้ง, เถียง, อ้างเหตุผล

arrest (verb): (of the police) to take someone to a police station because they are believed to have committed a crime - จับกุม

assault (verb): to attack someone violently, either physically or in some other way, e.g., smell - ทำร้ายร่างกาย, ทำร้าย

bang (verb): to hit or shut something hard, thereby making a loud noise - ตีอย่างแรง, ปิดอย่างแรง

boost : to increase - เพิ่ม

demanding (adj.): expecting a lot of work or attention from others; not easily satisfied - เรียกร้องมาก, ไม่พอใจง่าย

extort : to try to illegally obtain something by force or threat - รีดไถ

file a complaint : to make an official statement that someone has done something wrong - ยื่นคำร้อง

handle : to deal with a situation, a person, an area of work or a strong emotion - ควบคุม, ปฏิบัติ,จัดการ

income : money that someone gets from working or from investing money - รายได้

legend : an old story about famous people and events in the past, usually not completely true - ตำนาน, นิทาน

licence plate : a flat piece of metal or plastic on the front and back of a vehicle that shows its license number - แผ่นป้ายทะเบียนรถยนต์

manners : behaviour that is considered to be polite in a particular society or culture - มารยาทสังคม

popular (adj): a situation in which someone or something is liked by many people - เป็นที่นิยม, เป็นที่ชื่นชอบ

psychiatry (noun): the study and treatment of mental illness - จิตเวชศาสตร์

recent : happening or starting a short time ago - เร็วๆ นี้

recover : to become healthy and fit again after an illness or injury - การฟื้นไข้

refuse (verb): to say or show that you will not do something; to say or show that you will not do something that someone has asked you to do - ปฏิเสธ

subject to : affected by - ได้รับผล

tip-off : secret information or a warning given by someone  - ข่าวเตือน จากวงใน

undergo treatment : to receive medical care for an illness or injury - รับการรักษา

victim : someone who has been harmed, injured or killed as the result of a crime - เหยื่อผู้เคราะห์ร้าย


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