An intoxicated senior monk was caught at a hotel in Sattahip at night on Valentine’s Day (February 14th), after he reportedly skipped out on a 3,000 baht bill at a local restaurant.
The Sattahip Police was notified of the incident from a local restaurant owner in Sattahip.
Mr. Sittiphon Pattanarangka, 28, told Sattahip police, “At about 11:00 P.M. on Valentine’s Day, a customer came in alone and ordered many, many beers and food that cost in total 3,025 baht, mostly spent on alcohol. He was wearing plain clothes and I had no idea he was a monk. After finishing his meal and drinks he said he did not have enough money to pay and was very intoxicated. He told me he will go back to his hotel room to get money and claimed he was a domestic tourist. I followed him to the hotel but he locked the room door and refused to open it. So, I called the police.”
Sattahip police arrived at the room at a local hotel to find the man had changed clothes to monastic robes and passed out on the hotel bed.
The man was later identified by police as a monk named Phra Mahasompop, 42, from Suphanburi. He was a senior monk who was in the monkhood for more than 20 years. He refused to say which temple he currently resided at, however. Bottles of beer were also found inside the room. Monks, note TPN media, are not supposed to drink alcohol, amongst many other rules, including not eating after Noon until the morning of the next day.
The monk first denied drinking any alcohol but he later admitted to the issue after the restaurant owner showed CCTV video evidence.
He was expelled from the monkhood for breaking one of their major rules by an abbot from a temple nearby and faces charges relating to the outstanding bill at a local restaurant.