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Merchant sets fire to fish baskets after being denied Bt5,000 handout

A merchant burnt all his fish baskets after the www.เราไม่ทิ้งกัน.com website refused to give him Bt5,000 under a government handout scheme due to a technical error.

Another victim of the system, which uses artificial intelligence to evaluate registrants, posted a video on his Facebook account King Pho Dam of him burning his fish baskets.

The government website stated that he did not get the money because he said he was a farmer, when in fact he worked as a fish merchant.
The man urged others facing the same problem to protest as he did, even though the government has said that people who were rejected could still appeal to receive the money.
The merchant also demanded that officials responsible should correct their "errors" and see for themselves the effect these had on rejected registrants.

Published : April 14, 2020