The West Inn, a renowned Bangkok hotel, has been fined 10,000 baht ($320) after hundreds of used condoms bearing the hotel’s name and logo were dumped in a nearby canal – that split off from the Chao Praya river and wind through the western Bangkok Yai district.
The action was taken after a Thai Facebook user posted a series of photographs of the Yai canal – which remains a popular tourist destination due to nearby temples, mosques, markets and the informal settlements lining its banks – filled with used condoms, expressing her disappointment over the thin, latex pouches floating along the waterway with the other pieces of rubbish and plastics.
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While the hotel could not be reached for comment, Sansern Ruangrit from Bangkok’s department of drainage and sewerage, said: “We have never seen such large amount of condoms dumps in khlongs (canals) before. We don’t know if it was intentional or an accident.”