Diners at a Bangkok food centre were left agape on Sunday, when a woman carrying a doll started acting as if the toy was a real baby.
The woman, aged around 75 years old, was accompanied by several other younger women - possibly her middle-aged daughters - at the Big C Food Centre in Srinakarin Road in the city. All of the group acted as if the older woman's behaviour was absolutely normal.
The doll, which did not look anything like a real child, was passed around the women, who posed with it for photos. The plastic beast was, at one stage, placed in a child's ride, and coins inserted to start the ride. The 'mother' then watched dotingly as the doll enjoyed its ride. The other loonies all smiled as they watched the spectacle.
The unprecedented popularity of plastic dolls amongst adults in Thailand has alarmed some, but not the monks who bless them for money at local temples.
Some 'parents' have been seen with their 'babies' in pushchairs, and attempting to feed the toys. One man, who I cannot name because it was me, took photos of the scene. When challenged, he told the 'mother':
"She's lovely. She looks just like her mum! I simply had to take a photo of you both!"
But he didn't tell her it was so that he and his mates could laugh themselves hysterical over it later on.