City Hall gets last laugh in dispute with Beach Road peddlers

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Pattaya City Hall has demolished a narrow walkway in front of Pizza Company where street vendors had taken up shop.

Pattaya City Hall has demolished a narrow walkway in front of Pizza Company where street vendors had taken up shop.
Pattaya City Hall has demolished a narrow walkway in front of Pizza Company where street vendors had taken up shop.

Maintenance chief Buddhiset Charonepoj led a crew to the Beach Road pizzeria Sept. 21 where jackhammers and chisels were used to dismantle the sidewalk.

The demolition was Legal Department Director Sretapol Boonsawat’s answer to the refusal of street vendors using the walkway to disperse a week earlier.

Told not to sell in front of shopping centers, the vendors countered they were working on private property and that the top lawyer, who has led a crusade against peddlers since taking office, had no jurisdiction there.

The city, however, ruled that modifications to the walkway were illegal and ordered them removed.