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Police Force Tour Hostess to Apologize For Not Smiling

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Domestic terminal Check-in at Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok

Domestic terminal Check-in at Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok. Photo: Mattes.

BANGKOK — Thais like to call their country the “Land of Smiles,” and the authorities sometimes go to great lengths to protect that image.

On Wednesday night, Tourist Police summoned a woman to wai in apology in front of the media for committing a cultural crime: not smiling when she sloppily slung garlands onto Chinese tourists at a Bangkok airport, an unwelcoming act that drew attention – and parody – on Chinese social media.

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By Teeranai Charuvastra
Khaosod English

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