Police in Pattaya decided to get creative with punishing a curfew violator by making him sing the Thai national anthem and apologize publically on video.
The incident occurred on Sunday night – the first curfew since the ban on alcohol sales was lifted – at Naklua Road in Pattaya at around 11 pm.
Police had caught a young Thai man breaking curfew by driving a motorbike noisily along the road at high speeds without wearing a helmet.
Upon stopping the 24-year-old, who has been named as Nattawat Saelue, police discovered he was also slightly intoxicated.
The young man told officials that he was on his way home after drinking alcohol with some friends in Soi Poetisan and had forgotten the time which is why he was out after the 10 pm curfew.
Police noted he was very cooperative and decided to punish him creatively rather than arrest and charge him.
They told the man to sing the Thai national anthem and apologize on video before releasing him with a warning to keep an eye on the time in the future.
Police hoped that the embarrassment caused to the young man would deter him from breaking curfew again.
On Sunday night, curfew violations rose by more than 60 percent following the lifting of the ban on alcohol sales.
Watch the video of the man singing and apologizing below:
Source: The Pattaya News