Soldiers Bust Illegal Carnival Game Booths at Pattaya Music Festival

Security officers shut down two carnival game booths that were operating without permission at a music festival in Pattaya, 22 March 2015.

CHONBURI — Security officers shut down two carnival game booths that were operating without permission at a music festival in Pattaya last night.

Soldiers and police officers arrived at the 2015 Pattaya Music Festival at around midnight after five tourists said they were scammed by one of the booths.

The operators of the booths reportedly fled the scene after seeing the security officers, leaving behind their equipment and prizes, which included toys and alcoholic beverages. 

Two suspects were apprehended at the site, police say.

According to Flight Lieuntenant Porasith Jitramwong, deputy secretary of Banglamung district, all forms of gambling are strictly banned at the music festival, including prize game booths.

Other prize game booths along the beach in Pattaya immediately closed down and left the scene after news of the arrests spread. 

Tourists had complained to police earlier that one of the booth’s operators falsely advertised the price of a game. One tourist said she was forced to pay 800 baht per game, even though the sign stated that each game cost 160 baht.

Security officers also arrested a vendor who was selling knives, BB guns, and stun guns at the music festival.

 

 

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