A Vietnamese migrant who was arrested by police in Kaohsiung, Taiwan as he sat down to Lunar New Year’s Eve dinner with compatriots, ended up dining instead with his captors at the police station.
Officers from Ha’erbin Street Station of the Sanmin First Precinct of the Kaohsiung City Government Police Bureau were on patrol on Nenjiang Street when they noticed two men acting suspiciously, the Taiwan Times reported.
People living nearby complained to the officers that Vietnamese workers often gathered noisily at night in a nearby apartment.
The two men led the officers to a unit housing more than a dozen Vietnamese, all of whom were asked to provide identification documents.
One of them, a man surnamed Pham, was found to have no valid work permit as he had run away from his former employer in Taichung in October 2016, and had worked illegally for the past two years.
The suspect even tried to give a NT$3,000 (US$97) bribe to the two officers in exchange for not reporting him.
Pham was arrested and taken to the police station where, because it was dinner time on Lunar New Year’s Eve, he was permitted to dine with his arresting officers.