An Englishman living in the Thai capital of Bangkok has this morning issued a very stern warning to the printers of 'funny' T-shirt messages, after an incident caused confusion amongst shoppers and those waiting for buses in a busy city suburb.
Moys Kenwood, 51, originally from Hull in Yorkshire, claims he witnessed the message on a T-shirt being worn by a young Thai 'youth' - one of a group of Thai 'youths' - in the vicinity of a bus stop at Big C, Bangpakok. It read:
"If you can read this, I have just passed you".
The T-shirt was black, with orange lettering.
Kenwood, never one to shy away from a contentious issue, said:
"Whilst it may, indeed, be true that this youth had just passed the person who was reading the message, it is just as likely that the reader could have been approaching the youth from behind at a greater speed, and was, therefore, about to pass him."
Thailand is notorious for producing T-shirts with misleading messages containing misspelt words, terrible grammar or just plain boring, weird and inappropriate topics.
One shirt, seen for sale in a supermarket where 'every little helps', had the message "BICYCLE ACTION - ITS HEAVING!", whilst another T-shirt, this time in Big C, claimed "YOU WILL NEVER LOOSE AGAIN". Comforting to know.
A cap, with the word 'FUCKIN' emblazoned across its peak, has also been seen on sale in Big C. In the same store, a pink T-shirt for young girls depicted two teenage girls kissing, and featured the words "I love you", which I thought wholly inappropriate, unless we want young girls to understand that society is giving encouragement to Lesbianism.
"I often wonder why the makers don't enlist the services of a token English-speaker to check the spelling, grammar and propriety of the messages on their T-shirts. And then again, who cares about those things nowadays?"