Pattaya loan shark threatens to cut off debtor’s finger

A department store employee in Pattaya, Chon Buri province, is terrified because a loan shark threatened to cut off her finger for defaulting on some debts. The woman secretly recorded the creditor’s voice and took the evidence to the police.

Angumalee Suriya, 35, from Pattaya, yesterday revealed that a loan shark offered to deduct 10,000 from his mountain of debts in exchange for one of his fingers.

Angsumalee said she borrowed a total of 14,000 baht from the loan creditor in October 2021 and agreed to pay a staggering 15% interest on the loan per month. She managed to make repayments until four or five months ago when the economy deteriorated and she could no longer muster the money to manage the repayments.

When Angsumalee stopped repaying her debt, the loan shark showed up at her place of work and forced her into his car to talk to him. Angsumalee secretly recorded their conversation on her phone, which she took to Pattaya City Police Station as evidence.

In the recording, the creditor can be heard telling Angumalee that she not only has to pay her debt, but also repay her friends’ debt, totaling 100,000 baht. Then the loan shark threatened to cut off his finger to deduct 10,000 baht from the money owed.

Angsumalee filed a complaint with officers from the Pattaya City Police Station, who are investigating the creditor’s threats. Police said if Angsumalee was threatened again, she should go straight to the police. Angsumalee said although the police are helping her, she still doesn’t feel safe and doesn’t know what to do.

Two weeks ago, a creditor broke into a woman’s house in Phetchabun province, northern Thailand, and spread fermented fish all over her house and belongings after missing some payments.