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Remember traffic laws when taking a photo

Update: November, 18/2014 - 10:00

Last week during his tour through Viet Nam promoting a whisky brand, David Beckham posted a photo on Facebook: A young woman in Ha Noi was taking a picture of him from her motorbike, while carrying an infant between her knees and without a helmet.

Beckham wrote a caption on the photo: "I'm all for fans taking a picture but not sure this is the safest way to do it!"

The photo has garnered more than 18,000 comments and nearly 7,000 shares. "Keep following the traffic law when you meet your idol next time," one person said in a comment.

Most comments criticised the woman for her recklessness. The photo popped up across the internet and in local newspapers, and the woman was quickly identified.

Dao Vinh Thang, chief of Ha Noi's Traffic Police Department, said the woman would be fined VND300,000 (US$14.1) for using a cell phone while driving and driving without helmet.

Scammer markets bricks as iPhones

Police in My Tho in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang caught a woman who made VND960 million (US$45,120) selling fake iPhones made from bricks.

Nguyen Thi Thanh Phuong, 49, in My Tho City's Ward 3, said she sold 94 fake iPhones to a pawnshop owned by Nguyen Thi Kim Truong.

Phuong said she bought the phones in HCM City at the price of VND200,000 ($9.4) per box. They were made to look exactly like iPhone boxes.

Phuong was a regular customer at the shop, so Truong trusted her until she opened one of the boxes and found a brick phone.

This was described as a unique scam in the region. The lesson learned? Always check the product before buying it.

Traffic sign for drunkards draws attention

A new traffic sign featuring a figure with a bottle in hand has been attracting a lot of attention from road users in Bien Hoa City, Dong Nai Province.

The sign, which looks very real with its black border and yellow background, has been installed at Vo Thi Sau Street, where dozens of food-carts are usually parked, serving both local cuisine and alcohol.

The sign is accompanied by this legend: "Spot where drunken men gather."

Irate residents say they put up the sign after inebriated men began speeding and driving carelessly in the area, causing several traffic accidents.

It is too early to say whether the sign will chasten those prone to downing a few, or serve merely as a warning for other commuters.

Either way, residents are likely to feel vindicated if the area sees a marked reduction in traffic mishaps. — VNS

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