US couple arrested, fined for writing graffiti in Bangkok

The pair were fined a total of $205 for scrawling graffiti, an act that was captured in a viral video.
The pair were fined a total of $205 for scrawling graffiti, an act that was captured in a viral video.PHOTO: THE NATION/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

BANGKOK (THE NATION/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Police arrested a young American couple at a Bangkok hotel after a viral Facebook video showed them writing graffiti on a Silom Road advertising pole and public telephone booth in Bangkok on Wednesday (Dec 20).

After police were alerted to Vorathep Charoenpornpanich's Facebook video at 4pm on Wednesday, they conducted an investigation and found that the two were staying at a hotel on Surawong Road near Silom Road.

They were arrested on Thursday and taken to the Thung Mahamek police station where they were fined 5,000 baht (S$205) combined.

The two were identified as Baizer Bruce, 29, and Joness Ristin, 22. (The spelling is derived from police pronunciation of their names).

Police Major General Surachet Hakpal, deputy tourist police commissioner, told a press conference at the police station that he had reprimanded the two tourists.

He said the pair apologised to Thailand and said they did it just for kicks.