A national drama!
As the world goes shutters once more in an attempt to slow the spread of Covid-19, moods are mixed sad and happy. Sad because no more drinking in bars, dining in restaurants, shopping in shoe stores. Happy because the wonderful genre of lock-lit gets a revival.
You certainly recall the previous run of brilliant stories detailing police dragging surfers off South African beaches, Victorian surfers weeping and gnashing their teeth unable to leave their state to go and tube the Superbank, Californian surfers catching heavy tickets for enjoying Asian-fusion cuisine near the sand.
Extremely exciting and today we have the tale of Mr Sanya, who was said to be carrying a 9mm Glock when he and four other officers arrived at the beach, near Kamala, and seized Jirachaya Sitthichoke surfing equipment.
The Phuket News report has the entire country of Thailand up in “arms” with this intoxicating admixture of he said/she said, correct police procedure and Austrian vs. German manufacturing superiority.
Apparently, Ms Jirachaya, who conducted the surfing class on the beach, was taken aback when Mr Sanya rocked up to seize her equipment with his Glock and filed an official complaint that he was in a public place with a un-permitted firearm.
Kamala Chief Police Col Chaiyapreuk Phadiwarakorn confirmed that the formal complaint was filed, saying, “(Mr Sanya) said he had permission to carry the handgun as had previously served as Kathu District Chief. We are not sure yet whether this is correct. We are still looking into the matter.”
Mr Saya said the raid was being carried out because no commercial activities are allowed on that stretch of beach. “I have asked them to move and warned them twice before, but they just ignored me. So yesterday we arrived at the beach and asked them to move again, and asked them to pay a fine of B200 as a warning. They still just ignored me, so we seized their equipment…” adding, “I have the authority to carry my gun as I previously worked with the Kathu District Office. The Kamala OrBorTor chief has also agreed for me to carry my gun while on duty. This is normal. There is no need to be worried, there is no need for any tourists to worry.”
BeachGrit will continue paying close attention to developments here but, in the meantime, do you feel Austria’s Glock or Germany’s SIG Sauer is a better weapon?
Much to ponder.