CHONBURI — A Cambodian worker in Chonburi province told police that he was kidnapped and beaten by three men after he disparaged a former boss on Facebook.
Police said they received calls at around 3.30 am today that three men had stormed into a bar in Banglamung district, seized one of its Cambodian workers, and drove off. Police officers then commenced a search and found the 51-year-old Cambodian man in a wooded area near a hotel in Sattahip district, approximately two kilometers away from the bar where he was reportedly kidnapped.
Officers at Mueang Pattaya Police Station say the victim, who identified himself as Win, was found with bruises on his body and face.
Win told police that he believes the attackers, who beat him with their feet, were hired by the Thai owner of a restaurant he was fired from two months ago.
"Win had posted on his Facebook that he was bitter about the incident, and criticized his ex-employer," Pol.Cpt. Thitiwat Boon-On said. "As for the motive, he is confident that the suspects were the ex-employer's men, because when he was being kidnapped in the car, one of the perpetrators told him, 'Don't badmouth so much.'"
Police are searching for the suspects.