BANGKOK – Police are searching for a man caught on CCTV applying his saliva on the walls and elevator buttons at a Bangkok Skytrain on Friday.
According to police spokesman Col. Kissana Phathanacharoen, investigators will determine whether the man, who remains unidentified, was trying to spread the coronavirus, or was just creating some good, old-fashioned public uncleanliness.
If the man tested positive for the coronavirus, he may be charged with violating a 2015 law on preventing epidemic, which carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison, Kissana said by phone. If he didn’t, the man could still be charged with public disturbance and uncleanliness offenses, which carries a punishment of one month in jail.
The man was also seen repeatedly touching his groin area and pressed his hands against the button panel
The incident, which occurred sometime after 5am on Friday (March 20), follows another in which a Chinese tourist was video-recorded spitting inside public transportation in the capital.
The BTS said a security officer at the National Stadium Station attempted to apprehend the offender from the lift but he managed to escape.
It said the lift was sanitised soon after the incident and guards at every station have been ordered to watch for unruly behaviour.
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