Thailand is not a brothel. It’s not paradise. It’s not a warzone. It’s not that peaceful either. One way or another, you could be wrong about Thailand.
Hunger can make anyone cranky, but it’s usually not worth getting shot over.
Last night Thirapong Hiranyossapol, a 41-year-old Bangkok resident, got shot in the stomach during a brawl with the owner of Midnight Chicken, a famous fried chicken restaurant in Chiang Mai.
According to Tee Sae-ung, the 65-year-old restaurant owner who fired the shot, Thirapong and his friends came to his restaurant at 11pm last night and demanded he sell them sticky rice.
As the name helpfully suggests, Midnight Chicken opens at midnight. Tee told his customers that the restaurant wasn’t open and went back into his house. Maybe Thirapong’s stomach couldn’t bear the hunger. He started the rampage and threw Tee’s food tray on the floor. Tee heard noises and grabbed his .38 revolver and fired shots to make Thirapong go away. One of those shots hit Thirapong right in his hungry stomach. Fortunately the wound was not fatal and he made it safely to the hospital, where hopefully he was fed.
Tee Sae-ung, the restaurant’s owner, called the police and handed himself in. The 65-year-old chef will be charged with attempted murder, Sanook and Hedlomnews reported.
This is not the first time hunger has resulted in gunplay. In May a Pattaya chicken rice vendor got shot after refusing to provide more sauce to angry customer.
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