Swede begs in Bangkok after Thai 'girlfriend' vanishes with his life savings
When a Swedish man broke into her condominium building in Bangkok, Ms Pemika Jiawong did not expect to befriend him.
But after hearing Mr Lief Christer's story about how he was swindled out of his life savings by his "girlfriend", Ms Pemika started visiting him every day to offer help him, reported The Bangkok Post..
My Christer said he had given up everything back home in Sweden in May, to lead a new life with the woman whom he had met at a bar, with his life savings of 1 million baht (S$40,000).
After mistakenly giving her his savings, the woman, who he met late last year, disappeared from his life. Desperate, Mr Christer broke into her room hoping to retrieve his savings.
However, Mr Christer got the wrong room. It was Ms Pemika's colleague's room.
The former chef has asked the Swedish Embassy for help to fly back home to Sweden but they have turned down his request as he lacks important financial documents.
Living on the streets
He has since resorted to living hand-to-mouth as he begs for money with a tin can.
Ms Pemika and two other colleagues now take turns to visit him every night after they finish work since he begs on a street that is on their way home..
He has refused to accept their offer of cash donations. So Ms Pemika helps by providing Mr Christer with urine catheters, which he needs after a recent operation for a urinary bladder problem.
A non-profit organisation Patients on Streets will be contacting the embassy on behalf of Mr Christer on Aug 25.
Source: The Bangkok Post