Donations-rich cabbie pays debt to depot owner

Donations-rich cabbie pays debt to depot owner

Operator withdraws police complaint

Preecha Chumsombat (right), the owner of Mangkorn Chao Phraya taxi depot, withdraws a complaint against driver Sitthichai Klaichit at the Muang police station in Samut Prakan province on Wednesday. (Photo by Sutthiwit Chaiyutworakan)
Preecha Chumsombat (right), the owner of Mangkorn Chao Phraya taxi depot, withdraws a complaint against driver Sitthichai Klaichit at the Muang police station in Samut Prakan province on Wednesday. (Photo by Sutthiwit Chaiyutworakan)

A headline-making taxi driver has returned money owed to the operator, who later withdrew a complaint against him that was registered at a police station.

Preecha Chumsombat, the owner of Mangkorn Chao Phraya taxi depot, went to the Muang police station of Samut Prakan province on Wednesday to withdraw the complaint against Sitthichai Klaichit.

The taxi operator accused Mr Sitthichai, 72, and his son of failing to pay a combined debt of about 14,790 baht from renting his cars.

Mr Preecha said on Wednesday a close friend of Mr Sitthicha had transferred money to him so he decided to end the issue.

Mr Sitthichai has been suspected of making up a sob story to Thai PBS. He received 8 million baht from donors after the story aired last month.

The taxi operator has accused the driver of exaggerating his poverty.

Mr Preecha said at the police station that he was leaving the truth to be told by the driver and his son as he did not want to be involved now that the debt had been paid.


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