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False alarm! "Escaped Covid Foreigner" is just a "vagrant farang"


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False alarm! "Escaped Covid Foreigner" is just a "vagrant farang"

 

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People online in Krabi were told in a post last night that a foreigner had escaped from quarantine at Krabi Hospital. 

 

A picture of the man from what appeared to be a Canadian passport was posted on "Thee Nee Krabi".

 

People were urged to call the police by any means possible if the man was seen. 

 

77kaoded said this caused an online panic and a mass of shares. 

 

However, the story was a load of nonsense. 

 

Krabi chief of police Pol Col Narong Laksanawimon said he had contacted the hospital and there was no one who had fled quarantine. 

 

In fact, the man was known to his force, he said. He had been seen before staying at temples in the Krabi area. 

 

He called him a "raeron farang" that means "wandering farang" though the term is invariably used to refer to panhandlers, vagrants or tramps. 

 

Pol Col Narong said this guy had no money to get home. 

 

He urged the public to be careful what they shared online. He said sharing fake news like this can cause panic and might be considered a crime under Thailand's strict computer crime legislation. 

 

The Thai media reported that the post has now been deleted.

 

Source: 77kaoded

 

 

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Those stories might reveal a dangerous tendency among thai to blame farang

for the coronavirus suffering.

thai media published some time ago the story of a hungarian tourist who was 

seriously injured in a car accident in phuket, and later died from a broken spine.

later he was discovered as corona positive too.

they blamed him of not telling the medical stuff in the hospital about his travel

history to the nightlife area, where he might got the virus.

as if it's a big secret that allmost every tourist is visiting the nightlife area.

and now thai posters are allways mentioning this "farang from hell, who infected our

medical temas" !

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50 minutes ago, klauskunkel said:

What is an "online panic"? Could it cause a stampede of "don't likes"?

I for one, think ThaiVisa should add a don't like emoticon...would maybe stop handbags at ten paces?

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He called him a "raeron farang" that means "wandering farang"

And possibly precisely what the officer intended...

 

4 hours ago, webfact said:

though the term is invariably used to refer to panhandlers, vagrants or tramps. 

And here is the media hell bent on click bait.

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1 hour ago, cornishcarlos said:
2 hours ago, rbkk said:

I wonder if the Canadian Embassy is aware of one of their nationals being in what sounds like dire straits.

 

They won't give him money for nothing !!

 

In fact, the Canadian Government has allocated a huge sum for getting Canadians back home during this crisis, and it can be accessed through any Canadian High Commission to get a ticket back home asap.  

 

https://travel.gc.ca/assistance/emergency-info/financial-assistance/covid-19-financial-help

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7 hours ago, CanadaSam said:

 

In fact, the Canadian Government has allocated a huge sum for getting Canadians back home during this crisis, and it can be accessed through any Canadian High Commission to get a ticket back home asap.  

 

https://travel.gc.ca/assistance/emergency-info/financial-assistance/covid-19-financial-help

 

It was a music based humour post....

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On 4/10/2020 at 5:48 PM, tompelli said:

I for one, think ThaiVisa should add a don't like emoticon...would maybe stop handbags at ten paces?

Good point, my understanding is that they don't because of possible severe legal actions (which allows people to sue others who say negative things about them even though they may be true, which happens in the Thai community quite regularly). 

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