Police in Bangkok are pressing charges against food donors who handed out food and other necessities to people around Hua Lamphong Station.
The charitable donations went viral on social media when an onlooker took a video showing crowds of people queuing up to receive the handouts in the Pomprap Sattruphai District.
However, the video also showed an ugly side to the kind act as some of those gathered became frustrated about having to wait resulting in a brawl breaking out.
The Bangkok Police have investigated the incident and identified the food donors who they say will be charged with failing to comply with measures to contain and prevent the spread of coronavirus.
They will specifically face charges for violating the ban on public gatherings and failure to comply with social distancing measures.
The police urged anyone who wishes to donate or hand out food and other items to first contact the local authorities so that proper social distancing measures can be implemented.
The incident follows similar situations at Wat Don Muang where hundreds gathered to receive free food from the temple. A similar situation also occurred in Chiang Mai, but the man handing out food only received a police warning.
It is estimated that as many as 10 million people could lose their jobs over the coming weeks due to the covid-19 situation.
Source: Bangkok Post