Update: Koh Larn restaurant operator fined 2,000 baht for dumping waste in sea

Koh Larn –

A restaurant was fined 2,000 baht after their employees dumped waste on a beach on Koh Larn, which was caught on video by a concerned citizen.

The Pattaya City Mayor Sonthaya Khunplume told the press this morning (March 8th) at City Hall, “We have already been informed about the clip and are extremely disappointed by the incident.”

Read more about our previous story in the link below.

https://thepattayanews.com/2021/03/08/restaurant-staffers-caught-on-video-appearing-to-dump-waste-on-koh-larn-beach/

This afternoon the Pattaya City Deputy Mayor Ronnakit Eakkasing along with other relevant officers went to Koh Larn via speedboat to personally speak with the owner of the restaurant, who had been identified by the footage earlier. The footage can be found in the original article linked above.

Mr. Ronnakit told The Pattaya News, “The restaurant owner told us that they haven’t dumped waste, food, or garbage but “might” have been some water from seafood tanks. The owner also claimed that the staff was acting on their own volition without the approval of the management or restaurant.”

“However, regardless of their statements, the restaurant owner was fined 2,000 baht by the Public Health Office as the act was clearly caught on video. 2,000 baht is the standard fine for this offense as dictated by Thai law.” Ronnakit continued.

“We (Pattaya City) are asking business operators on Koh Larn to take care of the environment. This kind of incident can ruin the tourism image of Pattaya, especially with the city concentrating on bringing back domestic and foreign tourists later this year.” Ronnakit continued.

Mr. Piyachanin Soonthornnet from the Pattaya Marine Office told The Pattaya News, “The restaurant owner told us that it was water that was used to keep live crabs and that, according to them, it wouldn’t cause substantial damage to the environment.”

The Pattaya News notes that city officials did not release the name of the restaurant, the staff involved, or the owner of the restaurant and considered the matter “settled.” Comments on our Thai version of the Pattaya News showed that many residents thought the penalty was too light, even though it was evidently a standard penalty per Thai law.

Story by The Pattaya News

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