Pattaya officials placed a homeless elderly couple living for a year on the Naklua Canal in a shelter after complaints about their drunken parties.
Deputy Mayor Wutisak Rermkitkarn led staffers from the Social Development Department and municipal-enforcement officers to the canal area June 27 where they found the unnamed couple, in their late 60s, drunk as reported.
The offending couple was taken to the Mit Maitree Home in Soi Nongket Noi.
Neighbor Kitsuda Boonruen, 52, said the couple had been squatting on the canal banks for a year after losing their jobs and home and being evicted from the Sawangfa Temple, where they had taken refuge. They reportedly had been harassing tourists at the temple.
The couple’s drunken parties with friends on the canal had long been disturbing residents, Wutisak said. He instructed the city workers to take the couple to the Mit Maitree Home in Soi Nongket Noi.