Army Letter Demanding Free Booze a Forgery, Police Say

The photo of the purported army letter posted yesterday to the Facebook page “I Must Have Received 100 Million Baht from Thaksin.”

BANGKOK — A widely shared image said to be of a letter sent by an army unit in the northeast demanding a supply of free alcohol from a police station has been ruled as a forgery.

Col. Seksan Wattanapong, superintendent of the Khlong Luek Police Station in Sa Kaeo province, said he never received any letter about free booze from local military, as claimed by an anti-government Facebook page.

“It’s illogical. It’s ridiculous. It’s impossible,” Seksan said of the letter. “Why would they send a letter to demand a box of whiskey?” 

The photo of the purported army letter was posted yesterday to the Facebook page “I Must Have Received 100 Million Baht from Thaksin.” The letter claimed to have been dispatched by the commander of the 3rd Infantry Battalion to the Khong Luek Police Station on Nov. 23, demanding one free case of whiskey for an upcoming event to celebrate His Majesty the King’s 88th birthday on Dec. 5. 

The photo has been shared and reposted at least 1,500 times. Many Redshirt netizens took it at face value.

“[We] hope that we will receive your generosity as usual,” the letter read.

While police and army plan to attend a joint event on Dec. 5, the occasion will be totally dry, as it will only involve swearing allegiance to His Majesty the King, Seksan said.

 

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