The parents of two Thai children photographed apparently stealing a tourists watch as they posed for pictures today hit back – saying their kids are innocent.
Pictures of the two girls, aged seven and ten, went viral after being uploaded to Reddit with the caption ”Girlfriend in the progress of having her watch stolen”.
The couple believe the light-fingered kids pilfered the time piece while dressed in traditional tribal clothes to pose with tourists outside the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep temple in Chiang Mai,
But father Phujarat Jiraphakorn and mother Lulu Laowa visited the local police station with the two youngsters.
They even threatened to report the couple to the police for ”making false accusations”.
Lu Lu said: ”Our daughter are good people. We are good parents.
”If something valuable falls on the ground they always return it to the owner.
”We take them to the temple to have their photograph taken with tourists to add variety to the scene.
”They never ask for much money from the tourist, just a few coin. They don’t make more than 500thb (£10) a day.
”It is not possible for them to tke a watch off somebody’s arm without them noticing. They did not do this.”
Pu Yi said: ”My wife takes care of our daughters closesly. She does sewing classes to make money.
”Our children only take pictures with the tourists in school holidays and at weekends.”
Police said they will check CCTV to see if the girls were caught on camera stealing the watch.
Anek Chaiwong of Phuping police said: ”The parents were angry and they said they would have pressed charges for making a false accusation if the couple were still in Thailand.
”We will coordinate with the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Chiang Mai officials st the same time to understand the full intentions of what has happened.
”The families of the children and the parents have told authorities they did nothing wrong. We will coordinate with all parties to settle this issue further.”