BANGKOK — The owners of a Bangkok nightclub have been summoned by police for publishing an advertisement featuring waitresses in "sexy nurse" costumes that drew complaints from actual nurses.
Representatives of Thai Nurse Association filed a complaint with police today, accusing the nightclub of insulting the profession by depicting nurses as persons who are involved in "pleasure service." The advertisement reportedly appeared on Facebook and on a billboard on Soi Ramkhamhaeng 174, said Jintana Yoonipan, director of the nurse association.
"The text and advertisement gravely insult and demean those in the careers of nurses," said Jintana. “It damaged the image of nurse profession."
She then urged the police to take legal action against the nightclub, called Mr. You & Bar Restaurant, and warn other nightlife establishments not to repeat such action.
The club's owners may be charged with violating the Computer Crime Act, which criminalizes dissemination libelous information through a computer system, said Pol.Lt.Gen. Prawut Thawornsiri, spokesperson of the Royal Thai Police.
"I have instructed police in Minburi [district] to investigate the matter and summon the owners for interrogation," Pol.Lt.Gen. Prawut said, "Although the establishment has already canceled the [nurse theme] event and and deleted the advertisement, it is still liable for prosecution by the Computer Crime Act."
He added that the Facebook page of the nightclub also featured photos of waitresses in sexy rendition of student uniforms, which he found to be "inappropriate."
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