Despite being obsessed with money – it’s like a second religion to them – the Thais are one of the most honest nations on Earth. But they just don’t GET “freebies”.
In every country in the World, supermarkets do “buy four and get one free” deals. Or – “buy this six-pack and get a free beer mug” – or whatever.
Trouble is, in Thailand, the normally-honest citizens take this LITERALLY. When you go round a supermarket, you’ll see packets of this, that and the other that had a freebie attached to it – but it’s GONE! Someone saw the word “free” and just ripped it OFF!
Of course, even a rudimentary understanding of the law will tell one that this is JUST as illegal as regular shoplifting. But the Thais don’t SEE it that way! It said “free” – right?
Boy, I’m glad I’m not a Thai store detective!