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Phuket taxi driver comes unstuck as tourist passes fake B500 banknote

PHUKET: A Phuket taxi driver has posted a warning for people to beware fake banknotes after a tourist got away with handing him a B50 banknote washed with a purple tint and with extra zeros literally glued on it to present it as a B500 note.

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Wednesday 20 September 2017, 11:03AM

The driver, who did not want to be named, posted photos of the notes on Facebook yesterday (Sept 19) under the name “คนข้างเคียง เดือนสิบสอง(“Person close to you – month 12”).

“Staff at my office showed me this, this morning,” he wrote. “The money was from a taxi driver who was handed this from a tourist on Monday night (Sept 18).

“We are not sure if it was the tourist created this banknote alone or if someone else handed it to (him/her) without realizing it,” the driver added.

“I posted this to warn other taxi drivers to be aware of fake banknotes from their passengers in the nighttime. Please be careful to check banknotes.” he wrote.

Meanwhile, new banknotes commemorating the life and achievements of King Bhumibol Adulyaej are available from banks across the country today (Sept 20).

The new banknotes show King Bhumibol during various stages of his life, and as such feature images of King Bhumibol’s face when he was young, compared with the standard notes currently in circulation which feature images of King Bhumibol’s face only in his later years.

As announced by the Bank of Thailand in announcing the new banknotes in July, the colours, sizes and the portraits on the front side of commemorative banknotes are identical to the 16th series banknotes.

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The main element on the reverse side of each denomination depicts the acquainted portrait of King Bhumibol Adulyadej along with the images reflecting the stories over his lifetime as follows:

• B20: The early life of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

• B50: King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s royal ceremonies and duties during the early time of his accession to the throne.

• B100: King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s kindness through royal duties in rural areas.

• B500: King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s wisdom and talents reflected through royal projects.

• B1,000: The late reign of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the beloved King of Thai people.



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Kurt | 21 September 2017 - 09:59:09

Converting a 50 thb banknote into a fake 500 thb banknote is a funny joke.
Both banknotes are so different from each other, that a receiver must be very sleepy or drunk not to notice it.
I understand why the receiver not want to be named.  :-)

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Rorri_2 | 21 September 2017 - 06:43:25

I'm not saying the taxi driver is a liar, but, fake note, could be fake news, or as the story says, maybe not created by the foreigner,  think about it, how many foreigners would create such a poor fake B500, a one off, having to cut up banknotes just to get the "0s". And what taxi driver wouldn't notice such a poor fake.

Oh, someone queried why so many questions, they themsel...

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ematt | 20 September 2017 - 19:24:13

Why so many times farang people don't want to let Thai people be themselves?
What is wrong with respecting their privacy in such matters?
What are they criticising for?

And, while we're at it, why so many questions?

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Discover Thainess | 20 September 2017 - 18:35:19

I guess this tourist paid the appropriate fare this time, as opposed to the usual 400bt to go a few metres down the road :-) seems like "fare" karma for the taxi driver.  No sympathy.

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Kurt | 20 September 2017 - 12:37:38

Why so many times thai people not want to be named?
What is wrong to be named as a official or a citizen in such matters?
What are they hiding for?

Anyway, a tourist doesn't come to Thailand with 'machinery' to make fake thai money.
What for, just for 500 thb only?

This seems ( I say 'seems')a tourist who pay somewhere something with a 1000 thb banknote and got this fa...

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CaptainJack69 | 20 September 2017 - 12:16:18

Not surprising he doesn't want to be named.

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