Gas Attendant Shot for Criticizing Customer

A Caltex gas station attendant in Phnom Penh was hospitalized on Mon­day after a customer he had con­fronted over his use of the station’s toilet shot him in the hand in broad daylight, police said.

Puth Savoeun, 25, was shot at the station in Meanchey district’s Chak Angre Krom commune on Nation­al Route Two at about 2:30 pm, by a man who fired a second bullet that ricocheted and smashed the window of a nearby car, said commune chief Chea Sokaiy.

He added that Puth Savoeun had ag­gravated the gunman when he scolded him for using the station’s toilet without then flushing it.

“The victim scolded the Caltex guest and made him angry, who directly shot the victim,” Chea So­kaiy said.

Touch Naruth, municipal police commissioner, said the suspect then left the scene on a brand new mo­torbike accompanied by two other men.

“Our police are now investigating to find them,” he said.

Pich Chetra, a communications specialist at Caltex, confirmed the shooting but was reluctant to discuss the case further.

A man shot two staff members at a Cal­tex station on Noro­dom Boul­evard with a K-54 pistol in Sep­tem­ber after refusing to pay for a bot­tle of water, police said at the time.

Nheim Sarath, 41, and Bou Horn, 38, were both hit in their left legs by bullets at about 2:30 am. No one has been arrested in connection with the incident, police said.


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