Police charge Thai woman with defamation after she called them "hungry ghosts"
Caption: A male and female prate depicted at a Thai temple
A police captain in Chiang Mai has reported a 55 year old Thai woman who he said had brought him and the men under his charge into disrepute.
The woman - named only as "A" - had filmed a traffic checkpoint outside the Hang Dong police station on the Chiang Mai to Hot road.
But it was the words that went with the video clip that upset Pol Capt Manit Khampan the most.
The woman posted: "Prate maa beng suan bun".
This intimated that the police are "hungry ghosts" who wanted a share of the merit making - that is to say they were there to take their cut.
"Prate" are despicable creatures from hell in Thai culture. Huge images of the ghosts can be seen at temples in Thailand with their tongues hanging out.
Captain Manit said he and his men were there not to take bribes but to ensure there were no accidents and crimes being committed.
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