Bangkok taxi driver fined 2,000 baht for watching porn and stripping clothes

A taxi driver in Bangkok has been fined 2,000 baht for watching porn in his taxi and partially removing clothes while a female passenger was in the vehicle.

The driver, named as Mr. Wirat Promthai, is said to have presented himself to a Department of Land Transport office in the capital after the passenger filed a formal complaint.

Promthai denied watching pornography, which is illegal in Thailand but claimed instead that he had been watching a “legal erotic movie,” Mae Bia, a Thai romance-horror film released in 2001.

He did, however, confess to removing his shirt, claiming that he was hot and that his shift was close to ending and only picked up the passenger as he didn’t want a complaint against him for not stopping.

While it does appear that the driver may have been somewhat horny, in the past Bangkok taxi drivers have been fined for more serious offenses including masturbating while driving.