Da Nang cop praised for picking foreigner’s phone from sewer

By Le Ai, Thanh Nien News

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A police officer helps retrieve a phone for a South Korean man (in yellow) in Da Nang April 9, according to a photo on a local Facebook page. A police officer helps retrieve a phone for a South Korean man (in yellow) in Da Nang April 9, according to a photo on a local Facebook page.

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A Da Nang police officer is getting a lot of love on the internet after a photo showed him prising open a manhole cover to retrieve a cell phone belonging to a South Korean tourist that had fallen into a sewer.
Le Viet Trinh Thanh, an officer in Hai Chau District, was informed during his patrol Saturday morning that a Korean had dropped his phone into a drain pipe.
Thanh arrived at the spot, borrowed a crowbar from a nearby house and retrieved the phone with his bare hands.
“It was just a small act; anyone would have done the same,” Thanh said.
But coming amid instances of officers demanding bribes, getting into fights with the public, and, recently, spitting at a woman who refused to let him enter her house to check, Thanh’s act has been praised by many Facebook users.
Da Nang got 1.27 million foreign tourists last year, up by a third from the previous year.

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