A reporter in Pattaya filed a complaint to police alleging he was threatened by a loan shark gang after he warned them not to litter loan flyers in front of his residence.
Mr. Buronsak Bunnodyom, a 46-year-old Thai local news reporter in Pattaya, who has provided freelance news to The Pattaya News previously, reported the incident to Pattaya Police yesterday, May 30th, stating he was threatened by members of a loan shark gang within Soi 9 in Central Pattaya, Banglamung District, Chonburi province.
He said the incident happened in the morning of May 29th. While he was parking his vehicle in front of his residence, he noticed two young men on a black Honda Wave motorcycle entering the alley and starting throwing loan flyers in front of every house they passed within the alley.
While they were approaching Mr. Buronsak’s house, the reporter said he shouted to them that he didn’t want them littering the flyers in front of his house. The two men then yelled back at Mr. Buronsak using vulgar language and flipped him off before parking their motorbike and marching towards him.
Concerned for his safety, Mr. Buronsak grabbed his mobile phone to record the two loan shark men who were insulting and threatening him to mind his own business.
The two also picked up a large rock and threatened to harm Mr. Buronsak, causing him to stop recording and retreat from the scene. Meanwhile, the loan shark men then mounted their vehicle and continued distributing flyers seemingly without fear of law enforcement authorities and the law, the reporter stated.
Mr. Buronsak stated that their behavior was highly detrimental to the tourism industry of Pattaya. He urged the police to take serious action against them.