Thai pancake seller grilled by police over cleavage-revealing cardigans that attracted customers
A Thai pancake seller has been grilled by police over her cleavage-revealing cardigans that pulled in customers.
Nursing student Olive Aranya Apaiso, 23, was selling around 30 boxes a day of the popular street food snack before she borrowed her friend’s skimpy tops to wear at the stall in Chiang Mai province, northern Thailand.
With her chest on show, her sales quadrupled and eager locals were lining up at the stall for a taste of the crepes while posing for selfies as she cooked them.
However, some locals complained to police that her outfits were inappropriate and officers descended on the stall this morning November 26.
Police took Olive to the local station where she was given a warning and lectured on food hygiene and ‘respect for the city’s culture’ before being released without charge.
The tearful entrepreneur said: ‘I need to make my own money. I was just trying to support myself.
‘Customers were queuing up even before the shop opened. Some would even pose with me and share the pictures online, making my stall even more popular.
‘It has only been three months since I opened but now I have selling more more than a 100 boxes of the crispy pancakes a day.’
Olive apologised for offending anyone with her revealing tops, which were held together with a pin. Tape on her nipples stopped them from slipping out.
She added: ‘I am willing to follow the instructions of all officials. After this, I will dress differently and cover up more of my body. I’ll also follow the sanitisation advice.’
One of Aranya’s customers said he started buying pancakes from her because she has a unique selling style and the pancakes taste good.
The treats cost 35 THB (about 0.80 GBP) per box and have different flavours such as green tea and cocoa. The stall opens every day from 11.00 AM to 9.00 PM.
Despite gaining instant popularity, Aranya was subject to a police complaint from the city’s ‘culture department’.
They said Olive needed to keep her hair in a net, wear an apron, use gloves, and ‘keep a distance between customers during baking’.
A spokesman from the Chang Phueak district council office said: ‘Chiang Mai is a cultural city and people have expressed concern about the dress.
‘We have asked the lady for co-operation, to wear a bra that is flesh-coloured and an outfit that is less obscene. We invited her to the police station to discuss the matter.’
Olive was given a warning and ordered to change her tops. She was released but faces being arrested for public indecency if she carries on flaunting her breasts.
Lieutenant Colonel Weerapat Khamlapich said: ‘The lady co-operated and no charges were made against her. Officers will check her stall to make sure she is following the advice.’
Public indecency in Thailand is punishable with a fine not exceeding 5,000 THB (117 GBP).