Check bin? Just pay the dog

Friday, 27 December 2013 From Issue Vol. XXI No. 52 By  Theerarak Suthathiwong

There’s no need to hail a waiter for the check at Tik’s Noodles. Just pay the dog.

Mink, an 8-year-old mixed-Bangkaew breed, has been trained to fetch payments at the Rong Poh noodle shop. But it doesn’t always get back to the register. Mink, it seems, has a jones for dried fish snacks.

Thunradee Sombunbat, 34, said her pup, one of eight hanging around the restaurant, will sometimes disappear with 100 baht to the shop next door and return with a bag of snacks. At least he brings back the 80 baht in change, she said.

Clever Mink, center, on floor, brings back change after buying some snacks at the shop next door.Clever Mink, center, on floor, brings back change after buying some snacks at the shop next door.

Mink has proved quite the attraction among stunned customers. And, for Thunradee, he not only works cheaper than a human waiter, he doubles as a security guard.

While not munching on taro chips or sipping milk tea purchased next door, he’ll also chase away drunks with loud barks.

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