A British man living here in the Thai eastern seaboard town of Pattaya has told of his anger and resentment of the Thai Police Force after it emerged that his wife, who was driving home to the town after a visit to see her family in Bangkok, was pulled over by a fat traffic policeman for a variety of 'made-up reasons'.
The incident occurred as Anton Polharr and his family were making their way along the highway between Chonburi and Pattaya last Sunday.
They were about eight miles from the resort when the burly cop, almost busting out of his uniform, flagged them down.
He spoke to Mrs Polharr, initially informing her she was driving "too fast", but when the group in the car burst out laughing, he changed his ridiculous charge to "driving too slowly". This was also met with confused looks, and so he finally settled on "driving without due care and attention", something no woman on Earth could ever deny.
As is normal in Thailand, the 'criminal' then has a choice to make: whether to accept a traffic ticket which must be paid for at a far-flung location, causing maximum inconvenience, or to pay the officer a 'tip' of 200 Baht.
This option is known in the West as 'a backhander'.
By this time, Mr Polharr was becoming very angry, and was staring at the policeman in the same way the T1000 Terminator stared at his victims prior to terminating them, and, indeed, Mr Polharr did try to pierce the officer with steel daggers made out of his own arms, just like the T1000, but nothing happened.
After paying-off the fat, corrupt policeman, the party resumed its journey home, musing that, at least they didn't live in Dudley anymore.