Destitute mom steals school uniforms; sympathetic stranger picks up the tab

One day before schools reopened nationwide, a mother in Chumphon province was accused Tuesday of stealing a student uniform and shoes for her children.

The 26-year-old Langsuan district resident was allegedly caught red-handed stealing a shirt, skirt and shoes from a store there because she couldn’t afford uniforms for their return to school today. 

The woman, who was not identified by police, said that she and her husband had been out of work for months during the pandemic, according to Capt. Suwanchat Maithong of the Langsuan Police Department.

She was apprehended inside a store at a local shopping mall along with her 8-year-old daughter. Police were summoned by a security guard.

Suwanchat told reporters that a witness who learned what happened and felt bad for the woman and her family gave her THB1,200 so she could buy the items. The store manager reportedly dropped charges against her.

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