PBTA honors honest baht bus driver

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Pattaya’s business leaders commended a local baht bus driver who returned a wallet containing 60,000 baht to a Chinese tourist.

Anan Angkanawisai, chairman of Pattaya governing board, presented a plaque to Duangjai Namchiang, driver of Baht Bus Cooperative taxi No. 542, at the July 13 meeting of the Pattaya Business & Tourism Association.

Pattaya City Council Chairman Anan Angkanawisai, PBTA President Sinchai Wattanasartsathorn, Pattaya Baht Bus Association Chairman Tawat Phuakboonnak, and honorable guests present a plaque to baht bus driver Duangjai Namchiang to thank her for her honesty.
Pattaya City Council Chairman Anan Angkanawisai, PBTA President Sinchai Wattanasartsathorn, Pattaya Baht Bus Association Chairman Tawat Phuakboonnak, and honorable guests present a plaque to baht bus driver Duangjai Namchiang to thank her for her honesty.

Duangjai on July 1 was hired to take Chinese visitors from the Holiday Inn Pattaya to the Pattaya bus station. After they disembarked, she found a black backpack in the back and notified the co-operative about the forgotten item.

She said she never considered keeping the money and property because it would be bad for the tourists, and Pattaya tourism.

Cooperative boss Tawatchai Phreukboonak contacted police about the 60,000 baht in various currencies and passports. They, in turn, tracked down a grateful Bai Ju, 27, and her boyfriend who picked up the bag.

Bai gave a reward to Duangjai and the PBTA felt it should honor the honest taxi driver.