BANGKOK - Three female waitresses at a restaurant in Saraburi's Muang district have been arrested for appearing in revealing cosplay dresses on a Facebook Live post promoting a "buy 1 get 1" beer promotion.
The three women in their 20s, who were arrested overnight on July 31 and were taken to the Muang Saraburi precinct, were identified as Janjira Jansakha, Nanthida Punyamanoch, and Nantharika Pheukkliang.
The trio who appeared in the live 4.39-minute post were charged with violating the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act 2008, which prohibits people to publicly encouraging alcohol consumption.
One of them said on the post: "There's a beer promotion of buy 1 get 1 free for purchases before 9pm."
Police last month launched an operation to monitor Thai social media to punish any actors, "net idols", or celebrities who pose messages and pictures inviting others to drink alcohol.
Under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act, police can punish first-time offenders with a Bt50,000 fine and repeat offenders with a Bt200,000 fine.
Those providing information leading to an arrest would get one-fourth of the fine money as a reward, according to national police chief adviser Pol General Weerachai Songmetta.
Several Thai celebrities who have posed with alcoholic drinks are currently being investigated.