Many pawn shops in Hà Nội are operating around the clock during the World Cup to serve customers who have lost money betting on football.
"Last weekend, at 6am, a 40-year-old man riding on motorbike came to the shop and pulled out his wife’s degree from his pocket with his identity card, trying to pawn it. But I refused,” Kiên, owner of a pawn shop in Đặng Dung Street said.
He explained that he couldn’t use the degree as collateral.
Another story involving football betting was told by police of Bình Tân District, HCM City.
On June 27, police arrested Nguyễn Minh Hồ, 38, living at An Giang Province on suspicion of the theft of State property.
Hồ was suspected of stealing an ambulance from the Triều An Hospital parking lot, and was later found and arrested. He said from the beginning of the World Cup, he had lost VNĐ100 million.
He slept in a pagoda and then went to the hospital for free food to save money for bets.
One day, on the way to back home to An Giang Province, he went to Triều An Hospital for food. He found the ambulance there with the key in the ignition.
When he was driving on the HCM City-Trung Lương Expressway, toll station staff reported him to local police, probably because he looked nothing like a medical worker. -- VNS