Sattahip expat wins notoriety for street sweeping


A foreign man filmed sweeping a Sattahip street of gravel has become a local celebrity for his efforts to prevent motorbike accidents.

The foreign expat, who didn’t wish to be identified, frequently has been seen spending up to two hours sweeping gravel and dirt off the road near the Jay intersection in Sattahip’s Moo 9 village.

Hot and sweaty, the man told curious Thais that gravel is the cause of many motorbike accidents, injuries and casualties and he didn’t want to see more people hurt. Neighbors gave him water and commended what he was doing, as well as the royal yellow shirt he was wearing.

This expat, who wishes not to be named, has become a local celebrity for his efforts to prevent motorbike accidents by sweeping away loose sand and gravel.

The local residents were grateful for what the man was doing, and complained that many Thais and the homeless do nothing. He was a foreign man who was not born to the country, but wanted to protect the people of Thailand in his own way.

“I love Thailand, even though I am a foreigner and I would like to encourage Thai people to do something good for the society,” he told reporters.

Sompong Srisaiyat, an elderly local resident, said he normally sees the foreign man with a broom almost every day. He intends to get rid of all the gravel on the road that may cause potential accidents, which may lead to serious injuries or even cost the lives of people.