Pawn shop restores public sidewalk removed to build parking lot

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The owner of a Pattaya pawn shop apologized to neighbors and rebuilt a public sidewalk he’d ripped out to install a parking lot.

Sitthiwti Tangthanakiat of the Easy Money shop on Third Road invited Pattaya City Councilman Sanit Boonmachai, Public Health and Environment Director Suthee Thupnonhee and Jeerawat Plukjai, president of Chumsai Community, to witness reconstruction of 15 meters of sidewalk he’d removed to make room for parking.

Officials inspect the newly rebuilt sidewalk in front of the Easy Money pawn shop on Third Road.Officials inspect the newly rebuilt sidewalk in front of the Easy Money pawn shop on Third Road.

Neighbors had howled about the pawn broker’s appropriation of public property and city hall came down hard last month, ordering Sitthiwti to rebuild the sidewalk within a week.

Having lost a great deal of face, the store owners apologized profusely to city officials and neighbors, but also took the opportunity to invite them to a gold shop he planned to open on July 5.