Homeless German returns to streets

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Chonburi Immigration Police picked up a mentally disturbed German man found wandering in tattered clothes down a Pattaya street.

“Michael”, who is in his late 40s, was reported wearing only a ragged shirt and torn pants while picking up trash and mumbling to himself on Soi Buakaow Sept. 20. Immigration police wrapped a towel around him and took him back to their Jomtien Beach station, but not before onlookers donated more than 1,000 baht in spare change to the man.

“Michael” shuffles his stack of empty cigarette packs, as police bring him to the station for processing. “Michael” shuffles his stack of empty cigarette packs, as police bring him to the station for processing.

Witnesses reported that the German claimed that his Thai wife had left him after he’d lost all his money and that now he had no place to live. Others claim he has spent about 8 years wandering around Bangkok in the same threadbare clothes.

Immigration officers found no identification papers on him and planned to contact German authorities in preparation for his deportation.  However, allegedly he has been released and there are unconfirmed reports that he is back wandering around Soi Buakaow.