Thai Leader’s Daughter in Fast Food

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) – If Paetongtarn Shinawatra thought she could keep a low profile Monday on her first day working at McDonald’s, her hopes were dashed when her father, Thailand’s Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, dropped by for a takeaway.
Thaksin, who became one of Thailand’s richest men by investing in telecommunications, let the phalanx of reporters trailing him know that even in the family of a billionaire, the younger generation must learn the value of money and hard work.
“Thai kids, when they finish school, they don’t know how to work,” said Thaksin, as his giggly daughter stood by. Paetongtarn, 17, will be earning the equivalent of 80 cents Cdn per hour in her part-time job.
“I just want her to have the experience and to know about life, because she is the youngest child and when she was born her parents already had status,” he said. “Money isn’t the main issue. We want her to find experience.”
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