He wanted to send money back home to help his sick mother.
On February 19th, 2021, police from the Bang Khun Thian police station in Bangkok responded to a burglary alarm at a commercial building and gold shop. When officers arrived at the scene, the burglar fled out of the back of the shop.
After a preliminary investigation, the suspect, Mr. Amphon, said that he was single without a family. He came to Bangkok to work in construction. But due to the COVID19 outbreak, there has been no work due to rising unemployment in the city.
He had been living in an abandoned home on Bang Khun Thian Road. He wanted to work to send money back to his mother back in his village to treat her medical condition. He was so poor he didn’t have food to eat and became desperate.
Once he broke into the gold shop, the alarm sounded and he fled. He was brought to the police station where charges are being filed.
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My take: These are the stories that don’t make the headlines or the thought-pieces about COVID19.
There’s a great amount of economic desperation out there that doesn’t get talked about. It could be the case that this guy is just making up an excuse as to why he decided to break into the gold shop.
But what if he’s telling the truth? Is everybody lying about their economic hardship and desperation during these times?
You be the judge.
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