Man Busted For Impersonating Army Colonel

SONGKHLA — A man has been arrested for dressing up as an army colonel to "please his girlfriend."

Policemen and soldiers arrived at Lee Garden Plaza Hotel in Hat Yai district yesterday after they received calls from hotel staff that a suspicious-looking army officer was hanging out in the lobby on the hotel's 8th floor. 

When the soldiers requested the man present his Royal Thai Army ID and identify which regiment he was stationed with, the suspect refused, leading police to arrest him and escort him to a nearby police station.

The man then identified himself as Noppadol Chanmueang, 33, a native of Nakhon Si Thammarat province and confessed that he dressed up as an army colonel “to please his girlfriend.”


Mr. Noppadol told police he graduated from a university in Bangkok in 2003 and is currently unemployed. He said he bought the army uniform from a shop in the 4th Region Army barrack at the price of 2,000 baht.

The suspect added that he changed into the army uniform at a fast food restaurant on the ground floor of the hotel and went to wait for his girlfriend on 8th floor, where he was eventually arrested by the police.

Mr. Noppadol is charged with impersonating a security officer, which carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison.

It's not uncommon for Thai men to don military or police attire in an attempt to woo women thought to have a fondness for "men in uniforms."



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