Thai Shipper is controversial for asking female customers to wear bras

The message of a Thai shipper asking female customers to wear a bra when receiving goods is causing fierce controversy on this country’s social network.

“Please wear a bra when you go to pick up. I feel uncomfortable if you don’t,” a woman recently posted on Facebook a message sent to her by a food delivery company Foodpanda. This message immediately spread throughout Thai social networks from the beginning of the week.

The post then caused fierce controversy, especially from Thai women, who thought that the shipper’s messages contained sensitive and completely inappropriate content.

“A woman wearing a bra or not wearing a bra is her right. That doesn’t mean anyone can harass or humiliate her,” one social media user commented.

Many also defended women’s right to choose, saying that many women are comfortable not wearing a bra at home and that they don’t think it’s necessary to wear a bra when they’re just going to get food for a few minutes.

A food delivery worker wearing a Foodpanda uniform in Thailand.  Photo: Bangkok Post.

A food delivery worker wearing a Foodpanda uniform in Thailand. Photo: Bangkok Post.

However, some people disagree with that view. Many food delivery staff also shared the experience of “blushing” when meeting female customers without bras. Others said that maybe many countries are comfortable with women “going loose”, but that is not in Thailand, which has a record of sex crimes.

Foodpanda Thailand apologized for the incident and pledged to investigate and discipline shippers who sent sensitive messages. Feminist activists say food delivery companies should screen employees more carefully to prevent the same thing from happening again. Feminist activist Supensri Puengkoksung said that Foodpanda’s apology was not enough and she wanted the shipper to be dealt with appropriately.

The head of Thailand’s Department of Women and Family Development Jintana Chanbumrung said she had sent a letter to ask Foodpanda to select staff more carefully.

When referring to this incident, Colonel Kissana Phathanacharoen, deputy spokesman for the Royal Thai Police, said that shippers who harass customers can be sentenced to one month in prison or fined 10,000 baht (about 303). Phathanacharoen also urges customers who have been harassed to file complaints with the police.

Ngoc Anh (Follow Bangkok Post)

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