Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Invincible Taxi Driver

Photo Courtesy of Thairath

PATHUMTHANI – Seven thieves robbed a taxi and slit the driver’s neck before they escaped. Luckily, the knife didn’t pierce the skin. The taxi driver’s neck only showed red marks and informed police immediately afterwards. The driver believes it’s the miracle of the Great grand father Buddha he wears around his neck at all times.

Around 02.30a.m. on September 21st, Mr. Pongsakorn Roongreung, 27-years-old, a taxi driver, reported the theft to Lieutenant Colonel Somchai Ratman in Pathumthani. The driver said that there were seven thieves and that they attacked him and stole 3,000 baht before escaping.

Mr. Pongsakorn stated that he was driving an orange cab, plate number TY 1338 looking for passengers when he reached the front of a restaurant in Pathumthani. As he arrived, there were seven men aged between 20-25 years who hopped into the cab requesting to be dropped off at Saparn Soong district. As the cab approached the back of Narinthong Housing Complex, one of the culprits told Pongsakorn to pull over because he wanted to throw up. When the cab came to a stop, two of the culprits pressed guns to his waist; another held a knife to his neck, demanding cash. Pongsakorn drew out 3,000 baht from his wallet and gave it to them.

Pongsakorn was then forced leave the cab. The thieves took the money and the keys to the car. Then the man with the knife came from behind him and tried to slit his throat. All seven of the men then ran away. Pongsakorn was in great distress but when he touched his neck he was surprised to find there was no wound. He reached for his mobile phone and called his mother who brought him a spare key, before droving to the police station.

“Those thieves slit my throat hard with a knife but it didn’t do a thing. I believe it’s the miracle of ‘the great grand father walking on a salt-less sea.’ It’s the Buddha necklace that I have on me at all times,” said Pongsakorn in amazement.

Courtesy of Thairath

Writer: Adrian Tse & Chet Chetchotisak